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The PNWCC team is here to support you.  We assist educators in any way we can to ensure involvement in CTE Dual Credit is an enjoyable experience, striving to ensure you and your students experience the benefits of CTE Dual Credit without the burden of extra work.

We are happy to come to your school and visit your class in person or host video presentations via Teams. These sessions allow us to answer any questions, present to your class, and/or teach you and your students how to navigate SERS.  We also offer information sessions and training every fall and spring. 

Virtual Training Sessions

Due to COVID-19 we are offering orientations, training, Q & A sessions, and registration presentations via Zoom. We schedule regular sessions throughout the school year but are happy to accommodate your personal requests as well. Please let us know how we can best serve you and your students!

  • Teacher & Staff Sessions
    • Overview of PNWCC consortium policies
    • What is the CTE Dual Credit program
    • Accessing your SERS Account
    • How to Grade in SERS
  • Zoom Schedule
    • Wednesday, June 1st, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Wednesday, June 8th,  12 pm – 1 pm
    • Thursday, June 9th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Tuesday, June 14th, 1 pm – 2 pm
    • Thursday, June 16th, 11 am – 12 pm
    • Tuesday, June 21st, 2 pm – 3 pm
    • Wednesday, June 22nd, 12 pm – 1 pm

Zoom Website: (zoom.us/Signin)

Meeting ID:  6021060210

Passcode:  PNWCC

Teaching a CTE Dual Credit Class? What Does that mean?

Teachers have three responsibilities when teaching a class that is eligible for CTE Dual Credit:

  • Teach 100% of the articulated college course competencies (learning outcomes) per current articulation
  • Share the opportunity to earn college credit through the CTE Dual Credit program with all students in your class
  • Grade all students on your roster (registered in CTE SERS) before June 25th each school year

Statewide Enrollment & Reporting System (SERS)

SERS, the Statewide Enrollment & Reporting System, is the registration system for all CTE Dual Credit students in Washington state. Students, Teachers, College Registrars, District Staff, and consortium staff are each granted access to their necessary parts of this site.

Your SERS Account

  • Teachers are assigned a SERS account when a class they teach becomes eligible for CTE Dual credit. 
  • The SERS system automatically sends new users an email notice requesting the user complete the process by choosing a password for their account. 
  • If you do not receive this email, we can reset the system for you.  Be sure to check your junk mail!
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Articulation

What is Articulation?

Articulation agreements grant college credit to high school students who have achieved the level of knowledge and skill required for the specified course.

What is the process of articulation?

A request for articulation typically begins with the high school instructor or CTE Director.

  1. High school instructor completes High School Request for Articulation form.
  2. High school instructor submits a copy of the completed High School Request for Articulation form to their CTE director/principal.
  3. The high school instructor or CTE Director sends the completed form and supporting documents to the CTE Dual Credit Consortium – Pacific NW College Credit (from here on referred to as PNWCC).
    1. If the course/program is currently available at one or more consortium college/s, PNWCC staff will work with the high school instructor and CTE Director to complete the articulation process.
    2. If the course/program is not available within the consortium’s college/s, PNWCC will query other consortia for possible matches, in the same region when possible.
  4. PNWCC staff forwards a copy of the articulation request to the college faculty for review.
  5. PNWCC staff arranges an in-person or virtual meeting to include PNWCC staff, college and high school instructors, college program chair/dean, and CTE Director.

What is reviewed in the articulation meeting?

Description and discussion of college course competencies and outcomes

  • Place within the larger program
  • Certificates and degrees
  • Specialized items to include:
    • prerequisites
    • textbooks
    • software applications
    • special projects
    • industry connections and certifications if available
  • Articulation with 4-year programs
  • Career pathways for program grads
  • Future direction of program

Description of current high school class to include

  • Syllabus
  • Class framework
  • Class competencies
  • Total class hours
  • Assessment measures
  • Specialized equipment to include:
    • textbooks
    • software applications
  • Industry connections
  • Certifications available
  • Internship options
  • Future direction of high school program

What are the possible outcomes of the articulation review?

  1. If approved, PNWCC staff draft and route the Articulation Agreement document to college and high school partners to obtain signatures. When the signature process is complete, copies are redistributed, then articulation is added to the CTE Dual Credit online registration system (CTE SERS - Statewide Enrollment & Reporting System).
  2. If the high school class does not contain all of the college course competencies, PNWCC staff will work with instructors to determine the feasibility of – and timeframe for – revising the high school class, gather additional curriculum/class information, and make revisions to the high school curriculum. The college will review again, once the class has been revised.
  3. If no matching college programs exist within the consortium, PNWCC staff will notify high school partners. PNWCC staff will then look for matches outside the local consortium. See step 3.2. above.
  4. If a course is no longer taught at high school or college, the consortium is notified in a timely manner. PNWCC staff will turn articulation inactive in SERS (online registration system) during summer following the school year that the course is deactivated. All course changes must take place during summer and prior to registration opening for that school year.

What is the background of articulation?

The articulation process is framed, defined, and validated by the following:

  • RCW 28B.50.530 – Agreements between district boards of trustees and school boards
  • WAC 131-15-095 (2) – Teacher credentials
  • State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Policy Manual
  • WA ST Tech Prep Association Articulation Guidelines Handbook
  • PNWCC Memorandum of Agreement
  • Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006
  • SSB 6377 – Legislative support for articulation between high schools and community and technical colleges

What are the standardized documents for articulation?

The following are standardized documents used statewide:

  • Consortium Memorandum of Agreement (Master articulation agreement) reviewed and re-signed every three years by lead administrators of the Consortium’s secondary and postsecondary education partners (college presidents and school district superintendents).
  • Program Articulation Agreements reviewed/updated regularly, on a three-year rotation, or as deemed necessary, due to changes in class/course content, structure, etc.
  • Teacher Verification Forms, certifying high school teachers responsible for teaching 100% of college course competencies, signed annually.
  • High School Request for Articulation Form
  • College Competency Checklist

Grading

Questions on how to navigate SERS and grade your students? Check out our video below!

Types of Classes Currently Articulated

Arts & Communications

Graphic Arts

  • Graphic Arts
  • 2-D Design
  • Graphic Design/Digital Design
  • Digital Photo & Design/Photoshop
  • Digital Imaging
  • Graphic Production
  • Computer Graphics
  • Visual Communications
  • Photography/Photo Portfolio
  • Yearbook/Publishing
  • Business Art Design

Web-Based

  • Web Design
  • Web Publishing

Animation & Game Design

  • Animation
  • 3D Animation & Game Design
  • Simulation Design
  • Advanced Multimedia Design

TV, Video, Film

  • Media/TV/Video Production
  • Video Documentary
  • TV Broadcasting
  • Digital Media Production
  • Film Analysis

Other Arts & Communications Classes

  • Technical Theater
  • Interior Design

Business & Marketing

General Business

  • Business, Intro to
  • Business Career Choices
  • Business Communications
  • Business Math
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business/ Personal Law
  • Marketing, Sales & Advertising

Marketing

  • Business, Intro to
  • Business Career Choices
  • Business Communications
  • Business Math
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business/ Personal Law
  • Marketing, Sales & Advertising

Microsoft

  • MS IT Academy: PowerPoint, SharePoint
  • MS Office/Business Technology
  • MS Imagine Academy
  • Microsoft Applications/Office Certifications
  • MS Office Specialist/Expert – Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, Word

Retail

  • Retail Management
  • Student Store
  • Retail Store Operations

Accounting/Finance

  • Accounting 1 - 4
  • Financial Algebra
  • Personal Finance
  • Financial Fitness
  • Financial Planning

Other Business Classes

  • Fashion Merchandising

Engineering and Technology

Engineering

  • Engineering, Intro to
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Sustainable Design & Environmental Engineering
  • Applied Technical Math
  • Engineering Design
  • CAD
  • Applied Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Architecture & Engineering Tools & Techniques

Manufacturing

  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Material Science
  • Aerospace Manufacturing

Automotive Technology

  • Auto Tech - Brake Systems
  • Auto Basics: Maintenance Procedures 
  • Auto Tech: Suspension, Steering & Alignment
  • Auto Tech: Engines, Cylinder Blocks & Cooling Systems

Health & Human Services

Culinary Arts Classes

  • Cooking for Wellness
  • Culinary Arts
  • Food Science
  • Chef
  • Baking & Pastry Arts
  • Quantity Cooking Lab
  • Pantry Preparation
  • Food Server
  • Hot & Cold Sandwich Preparation
  • Food Service Sanitation

Health/Healthcare Classes

  • Healthcare, Intro to
  • Health or Health Online
  • Safety for Healthcare
  • Wellness for Healthcare
  • Biotechnology
  • Health Science Careers
  • Healthcare Professions
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Exam Room & Patient Prep
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • Nursing Assistant Foundations
  • Basic Patient Care
  • Dental Careers
  • Sports Medicine

Human Development Classes

  • Human Systems
  • Human Body Systems
  • Child Development
  • Parenting
  • Family Health
  • Family Systems
  • Careers in Education
  • Teaching Academy/Teacher Education Academy

Legal System Classes

  • Criminal Justice
  • Police Forensics
  • Forensic Science
  • Law & Ethics

Interpreting Classes

  • Fundamentals of Interpreting
  • American Sign Language 1, 2

Information Technology

General IT Classes

  • Computer Science: Introduction to, Principles, Advanced
  • Computer Technology
  • IT Academy
  • PC Analysis & Configuration

Programming/Coding Classes

  • Programming, Intro to
  • Coding in Python
  • Computer Science: Java
  • Computer Applications
  • Programming Topics

Networking & Cybersecurity Classes

  • Cisco Networking
  • Server Support
  • Advanced Cisco – Cybersecurity
  • CyberSecurity

Computer Repair Classes

  • Computer Installation & Repair
  • Computer Repair Lab
  • Hardware Support
  • Software Support

Science & Natural Resources

Agriculture & Horticulture Classes

  • Horticulture - Intro
  • Horticulture - Nursery & Greenhouse Operations
  • Ag Design & Engineering
  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Plant Biology
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Food Science
  • AgriScience

Environmental Science Classes

  • Environmental Science
  • Fire & EMS

Welding & Metal Fabrication Classes

  • Welding/ Metal Fabrication
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Flux Core Arc Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Carbon Arc, Plasma, & Oxy-Acetylene Cutting
  • Manufacturing & Fabrication

Other Science & Natural Resource Classes

  • Introduction to Electronics

Sample Text for Syllabi

Here is some suggested language which you may want to include in your class syllabus.

Pacific Northwest College Credit

This is a CTE Dual Credit approved course that is articulated with (Name of college and program area). Students who demonstrate proficiency of the college course competencies with a ‘B’ (3.0) or better grade, may be eligible to earn college credit through the CTE Dual Credit program.

The college competencies are attached to this syllabus. During the (semester/year) all of the college competencies will be covered in class (some classes may require additional exams or certifications).

Students must register online using the statewide enrollment and reporting system https://www.ctesers.org and are required to pay a non-refundable $50 annual consortium fee to earn college credit through the Pacific Northwest College Credit program. Payments can be made through online payment site:
http://pnwcollegecredit.org/pay from December 1st through June 15th.

Students may earn credit for the following college courses:

(insert course number, course name and credit value)

Example: BTS 161 Business Software Essentials 5 college credits