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
Articulation 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:
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.
Start College Now
Start College Now 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.
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: