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PNW College Credit (PNWCC) offers high school students the opportunity to earn college credit right at their high school for Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes via the state and nationwide program CTE Dual Credit. This nationwide program was formerly known as Tech Prep.

Students who register their eligible high school class(es) with our program have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit if they successfully complete the class(es) with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better.  The college credit earned is for actual college courses currently offered at the awarding college - courses that are part of an established program of study - leading to a college degree & career options.

We are dedicated to helping students get connected to clear, meaningful educational pathways that lead to successful career opportunities.  

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What is CTE?

CTE = Career & Technical Education

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What is Dual Credit?

Dual credit = earning high school & college credit at the same time

What is Career & Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit (CTE Dual Credit)

CTE Dual Credit courses are taught at the high school by high school teachers and are approved by colleges that partner with the high school. High schools and colleges enter into articulation agreements that ensure courses taken align with college programs, prepare students for careers and/or postsecondary education, and can lead to college credit. These courses fall within a career pathway and can move a student towards completion of a certificate or degree in that field.

CTE Dual Credit recognizes the rigorous and stimulating quality of Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes offered in our high schools. CTE Dual Credit integrates academics with technical and real-world skills that help prepare students for advanced education and careers in countless professional-technical occupations.

Student performance in these classes is rewarded with college credit that is applicable to professional or technical degree programs at the college. This allows students to prepare early for a successful future in high-demand programs of study that lead to careers with potential - careers in demand right here in the Pacific Northwest!

In Washington, students must complete at least 1.0 credits (a full year) of CTE to meet state graduation requirements. This means that all students in Washington will take a CTE class at some point in their high school career.

Many of those classes are eligible for CTE Dual Credit, meaning students can earn college credit for classes they are required to take - without ever leaving their own school.

To earn college credit, students must earn a grade of “B” (3.0 GPA) or above.

Benefits of Dual Credit


Save time and tuition dollars by getting a head start on fulfilling college degree or certificate requirements


Earn college credit for classes that lead to careers and programs of study, with opportunities beyond high school


Your college transcript can prove you've learned skills to be productive and successful in the world of work


Earning college credit may qualify you for more scholarships


May increase the value of your college or job applications

Time and Money

Potential to save substantial time, money, or both!

Consortium Partners

PNW College Credit partners with five local colleges, 14 School districts, and two skill centers (over 50 high schools in all). This is the largest CTE Dual Credit consortium in Washington State.

College Members

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Edmonds College logo.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology logo.
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School District Members

  • Bellevue
  • Edmonds
  • Granite Falls
  • Issaquah
  • Lake Stevens
  • Lake Washington
  • Marysville
  • Mercer Island
  • Mukilteo
  • Northshore
  • Renton
  • Riverview
  • Snohomish
  • Snoqualmie Valley

Skill Center Members

  • Sno-Isle Tech Skill Center