What is Tech Prep?
Tech Prep (TP) is a program in your high school where you may earn high school and college credit at the same time. It is part of a nationwide effort to help high school students identify careers that interest them so they can start building career skills in high school. TP credits can be applied toward a certificate or associate degree from any Washington State community or technical college. Some TP credits may transfer to four-year colleges or universities.
Why should I take Tech Prep classes?
Save time and money. Save time by completing college credit while in high school. Save money by getting that credit for free. Also, you can get a jump start on your education, learn the skills you need for the career you want and save money in the process.
Who's eligible for Tech Prep?
If a student's high school offers Tech Prep classes, he or she is eligible! But remember,students must meet college competencies and get a "B" grade or better in each Tech Prep class to earn college credits! Some courses may require a portfolio or industry certification in addition to a "B" grade.
TP prepares you for hundreds of jobs. Here’s a few with median yearly salary and degree: Physical therapist assistant ($38,800, associate in applied science); phlebotomist ($24,000, certificate); medical transcriptionist ($29,000, certificate); welder ($39,000, certificate); CNC machinist ($44,000, associate in applied science); and mechanical engineering technician ($55,000, associate in applied science).
TP courses are taught in local high schools by qualified high school instructors. High school and college instructors work together to design technical high school courses to meet the entry-level course requirements of comparable college courses.
2. Print two copies of the registration form; mail one copy to the address below and keep one for your records.
3. Earn a “B” or better and meet college competencies in Tech Prep classes.
Mail registration form to:
Tech Prep Director
Community Colleges of Spokane
PO Box 6000
Spokane, WA 99217
How much does Tech Prep cost?
Tech Prep is free. You pay nothing to apply, nothing to take the class and nothing to earn the credit. What are you waiting for?
Check our college websites: SCC or SFCC
No. Students who complete high school Tech Prep classes earn credit at SCC and SFCC, and the classes don’t have to be repeated. If you're enrolling at another community or technical college in Washington, you'll want to check its transfer policies.
Call our Tech Prep Office at 509.434.5164. Also, talk to your high school teacher.