Career Technical Education (CTE) and High School Articulation: Earn College Credit for High School Courses
What is Articulation?
In partnership with local high schools, FLC helps connect high school students to college Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to give students a head start on college and careers.
By developing high-demand career skills, students are given a competitive edge and are likely to be more successful members of the workforce. Rigorous CTE programs also provide college prep students with opportunities to apply academic content in real-world applications. Articulation is the alignment and comparability of coursework between two levels of education, such as high school and community college. It is established through discipline specific faculty-to-faculty collaboration. For example, FLC Fire Technology instructors meet with their high school counterparts to confirm that concepts and skills being taught in the high school Fire Technology courses are comparable to those of the college. Once the determination is made that the coursework is sufficiently similar, formal articulation agreements can be established.
Articulation Benefits - A Win-Win
Students earn a head start on college and their careers, saving time and money by skipping redundant coursework in which they have already demonstrated mastery.
CTE faculty collaborate, share resources, conduct joint advisories, and update and align curriculum, which provide students with relevant career skills and a smooth transition to post-secondary and career success.
High schools are better able to attract, motivate, and retain students in articulated Career Pathway courses when they offer opportunities for advanced placement in college courses for credit.
How CTE Impacts the Economy
The Role of Career Technical Education (CTE) in the community college system is important for our economy. In a recent report by the Workforce Alliance, data shows that middle-skill jobs - those that require post-secondary certificates or Associates degrees - make up 49% of California jobs. Middle-skill jobs refer to highly-skilled technical workers with several years of training and on-the-job experience in industries such as healthcare, green technology, transportation and public service. CTE programs can provide a large portion of those credentials and ensure that California's workforce is prepared to fill the needs of business and industry.
Folsom Lake College maintains Career Technical articulation agreements with High Schools, Regional Occupation Programs (ROP), and other educational organizations.
For more information about the Folsom Lake College High School Articulation Program, please contact: CTE Transitions Coordinator, Amy Jonesjonesa@flc.losrios.edu