The Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) is Pennsylvania’s first hybrid career and technical high school/community college. Located in Penn Township in southern Chester County, the high school serves students who reside in southern Chester County. As a public high school, the Technical College High School is free to high school students residing in these public school districts.
TCHS, which opened in September 2008, is a joint venture of the Chester County Intermediate Unit and Delaware County Community College. As such, the Technical College High School offers career and technical programs for high school students; and, Delaware County Community College offers associate degree programs to college students.
The most unique aspect of the school is that it also offers dual-enrollment classes for high school students that blend career and technical programs with associate degree college courses. Students in dual-enrollment programs can graduate from high school with up to 16 college credits.
The Chester County Technical College High School is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years.
You may complete an application as follows:
Applications are accepted throughout the school year for enrollment in the fall and spring semesters.
The occupational assessment (CareerScope) is required prior to acceptance to the Technical College High School. Usually, this occupational assessment testing is arranged through a student's sending school guidance counselor and takes place at the sending high school or middle school. As needed, testing may be scheduled at the Technical College High School by calling (610) 345-1800, Ext. 2007.
The CareerScope Occupational Assessment includes an interest inventory and measures aptitudes aligned with Federal Department of Labor standards. The list of occupations/job groupings included in the report given to the student and guidance staff highlights the occupations in which the student has shown high interest and aptitude. By understanding his/her strengths, a student can focus on choosing occupational areas that provide better opportunities for success. A major goal of occupational assessment is to help each student successfully further his/her education and enter the work force.
High school applicants will be accepted based upon the following criteria:
The Chester County Technical College High School will not discriminate in accepting students on the basis of gender, race, creed, religion, national origin, ethnic background, or disability. For students with disabilities, accommodations in or waivers of any of the foregoing criteria shall be made in accordance with the specific provisions of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), Accommodation Plan, or Service Agreement of each student, as long as the criteria actually considered objectively demonstrates that the student will derive meaningful vocational benefit from and can participate safely in the career and technical program to which he or she seeks admission.
Should it become necessary, quotas for each school district will be established based on:
Prospective college students, please visit Delaware County Community College's web site.