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Dallas County Tech Prep (NEW)


Dallas County Tech Prep is a program that awards college credit for certain courses completed in high school.  These courses can lead to a certificate or an associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S) at Dallas County Community College.

Please view the Pathways to Success Through Tech Prep video to learn more.

The Articulation Agreement

Dallas County Tech Prep program provides courses in high school to students who are interested in technical careers.  All courses identified to award college credit to high school students through Tech Prep must be based upon a written articulation agreement.

A Tech Prep program articulation agreement is a signed document that indicates the specific responsibilities of the secondary school, the postsecondary institution, and the student.  The agreement also includes an outline of a recommended high school graduation plan and a two-year degree or certificate plan.

Within articulated Tech Prep programs are articulated courses, high school courses that contain the same course content as an equivalent college course, and for which Dallas County Community College has agreed to award college credit if the students meets the requirements outlined in the course articulation agreement.  

The maximum amount of Tech Prep college credit that may be offered to high school students is 15 semester credit hours.  The college credit which is contingent upon the student enrolling in Dallas County Community College within 15 months after high school graduation. 

How do students receive Tech Prep credit?

  • Enroll in an approved Tech Prep high school course(s) and complete CATEMA registration
  • Take a sequence of courses in an articulated Tech Prep program (2 or more classes for 3 or more credits)
  • Earn a grade of “B” or better in the course(s) 
  • Enroll in a Dallas County Community College within 15 months of high school graduation and declare a major by filing a degree plan towards an associate degree or certification program
  • Complete a Tech Prep Credit Request Form with a Tech Prep advisor on one of  the college campuses and submit an official high school transcript
  • Complete any additional program or college testing requirements (ex. portfolio, practical or written exam, etc.)

How does Tech Prep work at the Dallas County Community Colleges?

There is a Tech Prep advisor on each campus who serves as the contact for all Tech Prep students.  After admission to a Dallas County Community College, the student must report to a Tech Prep advisor to assist with the college registration process.

What are the benefits of Tech Prep?

  • Students graduate from college in less time and eliminate the duplication of course work between high school and college
  • Students may earn up to a semester worth of tuition -- FREE COLLEGE CREDITS!!!
  • Students graduate with skills required for successful employment in a variety of high-tech jobs
  • Students have a head start on their Associate Degree program