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CTE Dual Credit: College Credit for High School Classes

COVID-19 Update: PNW College Credit staff continue to work remotely. Staff is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. The best way to contact our team is to email our shared inbox: or by attending a Student Information Session (Dates & Times of Upcoming Sessions available here:

Our team responds to emails promptly, normally within 36 business hours. If you do not hear back from us within 5 business days, please email our team again & note your previous email. In addition to your questions, please be sure to include the following information when you contact us:

  • students' name, birth date, high school
  • school year in which the eligible class was completed (if applicable)
  • preferred email address (or phone number if requesting a call)

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 & 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!