Earning College Credits for High School Coursework
Completed at TCHS Pickering
There are several ways that students can earn college credits while enrolled in Career & Technical Education programs at TCHS Pickering:
Programs of Study/SOAR Statewide Articulation
One to One Articulations
Credit for Prior Learning
College Open Enrollment
Opportunities are specific to each Career & Technical Education program. For more information,
please e-mail Jane Fraschilla, post-secondary coordinator, or call 610-247-2485.
PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Career & Technical Education Programs of Study Highlights
- Include planned academic and technical courses of study.
- Focus on preparing students to transition seamlessly to post-secondary education.
- Promote post-secondary education so Career & Technical Education students graduate with in-demand technical and marketable skills.
Career and Technical Education Programs prepare students for successful futures and may provide college credit for high school course work.
The Technical College High School (TCHS) is participating in the Pennsylvania Department of Education initiative called Programs of Study (POS). Programs of Study build on the foundation of Tech Prep pathways, with the addition of statewide core competencies and statewide articulation.
POS Career and Technical Education programs are designed to provide rigorous training required for the high skilled workforce of today. Career-focused technical skills can help with job advancement, job security, and job portability for current or emerging occupational opportunities (high priority occupations).
Students at the Center for Arts & Technology participate in high quality training based on the current needs of business and industry. The skills taught include the integration of academic concepts with technical competencies, providing the linkage from conceptual learning to contextual learning.
The key to graduating from high school college ready is based on a strong college prep academic foundation in high school including a math sequence that will reach Algebra II by junior year as required by POS.
The POS initiative also includes statewide articulations. Students who are following the college prep academic track, who complete 1) the Career and Technical Education program standards of an approved POS, and 2) end of program assessment successfully, may enjoy advanced placement at post secondary institutions across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Career & Technical Education programs listed below have received Pennsylvania Department of Education program approval for Programs of Study delivery for 2010 – 2011.
Automotive Service Technology
Early Childhood Care and Education
The following programs have been submitted for Pennsylvania Department of Education program approval for Programs of Study delivery for 2010 – 2011 and are in the process of being approved. The anticipated date of Pennsylvania Department of Education approval is on, or before, December 31, 2010.
Auto Collision Technology
Computer Information Systems
Electronic Systems Technology
Graphic Communications and Printing Technology
For more information, go to Pennsylvania Department of Education website for Programs of Study/Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR). Please check the links on the side bar "Articulations" for Post Secondary Information and Framework."
Many Career & Technical Education programs at the Technical College High School have additional articulation agreements with post secondary colleges and technical schools. These agreements are specific to each post secondary institution and may provide for advanced placement based on the competencies or industry standard certifications mastered at TCHS.
- Current agreements are active with Harcum Community College and Delaware Valley College for Animal Science students; Montgomery County Community College for Culinary Arts students, and University of Northwestern Ohio for students in the Automotive Service Technology program.
- Agreements are established between TCHS and post-secondary institutions, including community colleges and technical schools.
- Agreements provide eligible TCHS graduates opportunities to earn advanced college credits for technical course work mastered at TCHS.
- By obtaining advanced credits, TCHS students avoid duplicating course work and may save on tuition costs.
- Agreements may also provide other incentives for eligible TCHS graduates.
All students should be planning for their future career pathway by researching the required skills, education, projected job openings, working conditions, and starting salaries. It is expected that 80% of jobs through 2020 will require at least two years of post-secondary training/education. Most existing jobs do not and most future jobs will not require a four-year college degree. Programs of Study and Articulation Agreements help students prepare for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand jobs. These are referred to as gold collar jobs.
The following Web sites are resources for this career related research.
The Center for Workforce Information & Analysis - Pennsylvania Workforce Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook
PA Career Guide
COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS THAT HAVE ACCEPTED TECHNICAL COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL, PICKERING CAMPUS, GRADUATES
- Focusing on a career objective.
- Completing higher level academic and technical courses.
- Continuing their education via a post-secondary program such as an associate's degree, apprenticeship, industry certification, etc.
Automotive Training Center
Baltimore State University
Bloomsburg State University
Cedar Crest College
Central Pennsylvania College
College of Southern Maryland
Community College of Philadelphia
Connecticut Culinary Institute
Culinary Institute, New York
Delaware County Community College
Delaware State University
Delaware Valley College
Florida State University
Full Sail College, Florida
Hussian School of Art
ITT Technical Institute
Johnson & Wales
Katharine Gibbs College
Montgomery County Community College
Nashville Auto-Diesel College
Northampton Community College
PA Academy for Pet Grooming
Penn State Berks
Penn State York Campus
Penn State Main Campus
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Philadelphia Union School
Reading Area Community College
Shippensburg State University
State University of New York, Cobleskill
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
The Cittone Institute
The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis
University of Alabama
University of Delaware
University of the Arts
University of Kentucky
University of Northwestern Ohio
Utah State University
UTI, Universal Technical Institute
Virginia Commonwealth University
West Chester University
Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades
WYO Technical College
York Technical Institute