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What is Tech Prep?
Why should I take Tech Prep classes?
Who's eligible for Tech Prep?
What kind of jobs could Tech Prep lead to?
How do I earn college credits through Tech Prep?
How will my credits apply to a program of study?
Where do I take Tech Prep classes?
What classes are available at my high school?
How do I register?
How much does Tech Prep cost?
How do I get my college transcript?
Will I have to repeat courses when I get to college?
What if I have more questions about 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). 

High school students earn TP credits by fulfilling course requirements, registering for TP, meeting college competencies and earning a "B" grade or better in the class.

How will my credits apply to a program of study?

Which SCC or SFCC college programs include your articulated class? Search the spreadsheet... sort by college course, program, or campus. Get the information you need to develop your program of study!

Articulated college course spreadsheet
Articulated college course spreadsheet (Excel 97-2003)

Where do I take Tech Prep classes?

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.
What classes are available at my high school?

To check the availability of classes at your school click

How do I register?

            1.       Register for classes online
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
MS 1002
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.