Dual Credit

  • Tech Prep - Dual Credit allows students to earn both high school and community/technical college credit for completing high school courses. For earning a grade of "B" (3.0) or higher in select high school classes, students can earn community/technical college credits. To qualify, students must meet specific requirements established by the college and high school instructors. College credits are free. Credits are posted to transcripts during the summer following the school year in which they were earned. Credits appear on the transcript just as credits earned on the community/technical college campus.

    Through Pierce County Careers Connection (PC3) and the South King County Tech Prep Consortium (SKCTP), Sumner-Bonney Lake School District students can earn credits from Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Green River Community College, Highline Community College, Pierce College, Renton Technical College, or Tacoma Community College.

    Current courses include: Accounting/Bookkeeping, Applied Anatomy & Physiology, Architectural CAD I, Architectural Drafting Fundamentals, Automotive Technology, Basic Child Care Provider, Business, Communication Technologies, Construction, Drafting Technology, Early Childhood Education, Fundamentals of IT, Fundamentals of Web Design, Introduction to Programming, Marketing Fundamentals, Office Applications, and Welding. See the course catalog or your counselor for current articulated courses.
     
     

    Why enroll in tech prep courses

     
    • Earn both high school and community/technical college credit for completing high school courses. (Dual/Direct Credit)
    • An opportunity to explore career fields before high school graduation.
    • Receive priority registration (you register before other new students) if you attend your selected community/technical college after high school graduation.
    • Save on community/technical college tuition before you graduate from high school.
    • Begin your community/technical college career with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
    • Stay on your high school campus and receive community/technical college credit.
    • Tech Prep credits are great resume enhancers.
    • Gain practical skills that will be useful regardless of post high school plans.
    • College credits considered in determining military pay.
    • The average Tech Prep student in 2006-2007 earned seven credits, a savings equal to $525 in tuition.

     

     

    Benefits of dual credit

     
    • Take advantage of free tuition.
    • Earn both high school and community/technical college credit for completing high school courses.
    • Save on community/technical college tuition before you graduate from high school.
    • Receive priority registration (you register before other new students) if you attend your selected community/technical college after high school graduation.
    • Begin your community/technical college career with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
    • Enjoy an opportunity to explore career fields before high school graduation.
    • Gain practical skills that will be useful regardless of post high school plans.
    • Enhance your resume with Tech Prep credits.

    Sumner-Bonney Lake School District students earned community/technical college credits, representing approximately $176,025 in tuition costs, last year while still in high school through the Pierce County Careers Connection, the South King County Tech Prep Consortium, and Seattle Central Community College. Two hundred students earned these credits using the dual credit/direct transcription process. Students receive college credit and a college transcript by completing high school courses that have articulation agreements in place with the community college. Requirements include meeting course competencies and earning grades of B (3.0) or better. Students received credit for a wide range of high school courses such as Accounting, Retail Management, American Sign Language, Electronics, and Careers in Education. These credits were earned through Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Green River Community College, Highline Community College, Pierce College, Renton Technical College, Seattle Central Community College, and Tacoma Community College. Already having a transcript with college credit is excellent motivation to encourage students to continue their education at a post-secondary institution.