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VC offers dual-credit courses for high school students

By Victoria Advocate
May 29, 2010 at 12:29 a.m.


Q: My son thinks he wants to be a welder when he finishes high school, and I saw something about Tech-Prep welding classes at Victoria College. What is Tech-Prep and how can it benefit my son?

A: The Golden Crescent Tech-Prep Partnership at Victoria College offers high school students the chance to get a head start on accumulating college credit at VC toward a career and technical certificate or associate degree while they are still in high school.

The Tech-Prep Partnership at VC serves students at high schools in Calhoun, Dewitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties. Tech-Prep courses are similar to dual-credit courses in that high school students may get college credit, but Tech-Prep courses are specifically focused on workforce preparation.

There are 12 career concentrations within the Tech-Prep program including accounting, Web design, computer networking, electronics/instrumentation, health care services, office systems technology, process technology and welding. Classes may include such subjects as Design Logic, Blueprint Reading and Sketching or Safety, Health and Environment, depending on which career concentration a student chooses. Your son would probably take Introduction to Welding and Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding.

One of the most significant benefits of this partnership is that Tech-Prep courses are taught in high schools by high school instructors at no cost to you, but will count as college credit. So your son could get a portion of his college education for free.

The college credits earned by students who take Tech-Prep courses at area high schools are held by Victoria College for up to two years (24 months) after the date of the students' high school graduation or completion of their GED. Students receive their Tech-Prep college credits after they complete the following steps.

Students will need to complete all portions of the Texas Success Initiative and have the results sent to Victoria College. Alternatively, students may complete their TSI requirements in an Academic Foundations Plan for a certificate program, where applicable.

Students should also complete and submit the Application for Admission form to College Central at Victoria College.

Along with their Victoria College admissions application, students will need to submit their official high school transcripts with the Tech-Prep notation next to the appropriate high school Tech-Prep course(s).

Students must successfully complete six hours of credit classes at Victoria College (not including academic foundation classes). And please note that if your son also takes dual-credit academic classes while still in high school, those credit hours will count toward the six he needs before getting his Tech-Prep credits.

After successfully completing all of the above requirements, students should fill out an application for Tech-Prep credit in College Central at Victoria College in order to have the appropriate courses posted to their academic transcript.

For more information or questions concerning the Tech-Prep Program call 361-485-6800 or visit the VC website at www.victoriacollege.edu/techprep.

Do you have a question about The Victoria College? Contact Katy Long, Writer/Photographer, at 361-573-3291, Ext. 3408 or www.victoriacollege.edu.

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