Let Us Give You Credit!
Southwest Tech offers a variety of ways for high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. We are continuously establishing agreements with area high schools to grant college credit to high school students.
Articulated credit is a part of the
Career Prep state-wide initiative. Elements of Career Prep include:
Coherent Sequence of Courses
Joint Secondary/Post-Secondary Programming
Staff Development Opportunities for K-14 Instructors and Counselors
Career Exploration Activities
Career Pathway Development
Equal Access for Special Populations, Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Nontraditional Training and Employment
Articulation Efforts with Area High Schools
refers to high school instructors and technical college instructors working together to build a seamless transition for students. Articulation can take place through the following methods: Articulation
CollEdge Up (formerly known as 20/2020) is an educational partnership between CESA 3 and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. The program allows students to simultaneously earn high school and college credits through a combination of alternative learning platforms. The courses are college level and taught by Southwest Tech faculty members.
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is designed to offer courses the high school does not have or cannot offer to a student who wants to go above and beyond in a subject area. One benefit of this program is the dual enrollment component. The course(s) the student takes gives them both high school credit toward graduation as well as college credit to take with him as they continue their educational journey. Start College Now
If you're an interested junior or senior, meet with your high school guidance counselor to discuss your career plans and determine if enrolling in college courses through the
Start College Now program is right for you.
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeships
Youth Apprenticeship is a one- or two-year program for high school students beginning in the eleventh or twelfth grade, oﬀering students guided learning and work experience within an industry. A student who successfully completes a state-approved youth apprenticeship will receive:
Also referred to as "Articulated Credit", the following are features of Advanced Standing courses:
Are one or more high school courses that are equivalent to a technical college course.
Are taught by your high school instructor.
Help you earn both high school and technical college credit.
Are provided at no cost.
Are awarded if you successfully complete the course requirements according to the advanced standing agreement and enroll in a related Southwest Tech program within 27 months of high school graduation.
Are recognized by "certificate of eligibility" for advanced standing.
May be accepted by other technical colleges offering the same or similar courses.
Always involve a written formal agreement with the instructor at the high school.
For more details, see our
Advanced Standing Brochure.
Transcripted Credit Information
Also referred to as "Dual Credit", the following are features of Transcripted Credit courses:
Are technical college courses taught at the high school using technical college books and materials.
Are taught by your high school instructor who is also certified as a Wisconsin Technical College System instructor.
Are provided at no cost to you.
Are documented through an official college transcript awarded to you after completion of the course.
Are transferable to all schools within the technical college system and may be transferable to four-year colleges.
For more details, see our
Transcripted Credit Brochure. Forms Found Within Reference Guide
The Following information is intended for instructors.
Southwest Tech plans to continue all agreements that are currently in place for the 2018-2019 school year.
Southwest Tech will not establish any new agreements until the college develops a plan for establishing agreements going forward.
Southwest Tech will honor all agreements that are currently in place through the 2018-2019 school year.
Southwest Tech will not be establishing any new agreements until all current instructors are reviewed for faculty credentials using the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) guidelines. These requirements are:
For the general education areas (math, science, English, social sciences), all technical college faculty, including high school instructors teaching dual credit, must possess a Master's degree in the discipline or a Master's in another area plus an additional 18 graduate credits in the discipline.
For career and technical education/occupational areas (agriculture, business, family and consumer science, and technology education), all technical college faculty, including high school instructors teaching dual credit, must possess a Bachelor's degree and/or occupational experience for the subject/course area being taught.
If an instructor does not meet the required criteria, a professional development plan (PDP) will be established by October 1, 2018 between Southwest Tech and each instructor outlining coursework to be completed to be fully compliant by June 30, 2020. The PDP will be completed on a one-on-one basis with Human Resources staff and the instructor.
If an instructor with a professional development plan does not complete the required coursework by June 30, 2020 the agreement with that instructor will be terminated at that time.
If an instructor does not meet criteria and chooses to not establish a professional development plan, the current agreement will be terminated at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Beginning with 2019-2020 school year, for all new agreement requests the instructor must meet HLC credentialing requirements at the time the agreement request is made.