CTE Dual Credit: College Credit - Now
COVID-19 Update: PNW College Credit staff continue to work full-time on Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. from our homes.
The best way to contact our team is to email our shared inbox: INFO@PNWCollegeCredit.org. If you would like assistance by phone, please still contact us by email (instead of voicemail) requesting a phone call in return. This is the most efficient way for us to respond quickly. Be sure to specify a few good times for us to call.
Our team responds to emails very promptly, normally within 36 business hours. If you do not hear back from us within four business days, feel free to email our team again noting your previous email. In addition to your questions, please be sure to include the following in every email:
- the students' name
- birth date
- high school
- the school year in which the eligible class was completed (if applicable)
- the best way to reach you - email or phone (including a few good times if requesting a call back)
Pacific NW College Credit (PNWCC) is dedicated to helping students get connected to clear, meaningful educational pathways that lead to successful career opportunities. Our consortium is sponsored by a partnership with 5+ local colleges and 14+ School Districts (including 2 Skill Centers and more than 50 High Schools)!
PNWCC offers high school students the option to earn college credit right at their high school for Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes through the CTE Dual Credit program (a nationwide program formerly known as Tech Prep). CTE Dual Credit recognizes the rigorous and stimulating quality of CTE classes offered in our high schools, rewarding student performance with college credit applicable to professional or technical degree programs at the college, and allowing students to prepare early for a successful future in high demand programs of study that lead to careers with potential - in demand right here in the Pacific Northwest!
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 high school class(es) with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better. The college credit earned is for actual college courses currently being offered at the awarding college; courses that are part of an established program of study leading to a college degree/career. At PNWCC, eligible students are sent to our college partners annually for direct transcription - meaning students are transcribed by our partner colleges as if they took the course at the college during summer quarter, the summer immediately following the school year that they've completed the high school class, and students get an actual college transcript.
According to the Washington Student Achievement Council, students who earn college credit are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college, and complete a college degree.
Benefits of CTE Dual Credit
- Save time & tuition dollars by getting a head start on fulfilling college degree or certificate requirements
- Earn college credit for high school classes that lead to careers and programs of study with opportunities beyond high school
- Get proof of what you've learned in a college transcript - skills to be productive & successful in the world of work
- May qualify you for more scholarships
- May increase the value of your college or job applications
- Potential to save substantial time, money, or both!