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
    Industry Certifications
    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.


    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


    Culinary Arts

    Early Childhood Care and Education

    Electrical Occupations


    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

    Engine Technology

    Graphic Communications and Printing Technology

    Health Occupations

    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

    Student Goals

    • 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.


    Albright University

    Arcadia University

    Automotive Training Center

    Baltimore State University

    Bloomsburg State University

    Bradley Academy

    Cedar Crest College

    Central Pennsylvania College

    Cheyney University

    CHI Institute

    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

    DeVry University

    Drexel University

    Florida State University

    Full Sail College, Florida

    Gwynedd-Mercy College

    Harcum College

    Hussian School of Art

    Immaculata University

    ITT Technical Institute

    Johnson & Wales

    Katharine Gibbs College

    Kettering University

    Kutztown University

    Lincoln University

    Mannor College

    Millersville University


    Montgomery County Community College

    Nashville Auto-Diesel College

    Neumann College

    Northampton Community College

    PA Academy for Pet Grooming

    Penn State Berks

    Penn State York Campus

    Penn State Main Campus

    Pennco Tech

    Pennsylvania College of Technology

    Philadelphia Union School

    Reading Area Community College

    Rosemont College

    Shippensburg State University

    State University of New York, Cobleskill 

    Thaddeus Stevens

    The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

    The Cittone Institute

    The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill

    Tuskegee University

    United States Naval Academy, Annapolis

    University of Alabama

    University of Delaware

    University of the Arts

    University of Kentucky

    University of Northwestern Ohio

    Ursinus University

    Utah State University

    UTI, Universal Technical Institute

    Virginia Tech

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    West Chester University

    Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades

    WYO Technical College

    York Technical Institute

    …among others