Concurrent & Technical Credits
Advanced opportunities courses pertaining to Career and Technical Education are offered throughout grades 9th-12th, with capstone classes commencing in the 11th and 12th grade. Currently, the West Ada CTE program in conjunction with the State of Idaho, offers students the option to enroll in concurrent credit courses or technical competency credit courses to offer students and opportunity to jump start their post-secondary career.
Concurrent credit courses are college-level undergraduate courses taken while enrolled in high school, on the high school campus. A student who is enrolled in concurrent credit and successfully completes the course, will earn transcribed college credits for the college associated with the course.
Benefits of concurrent credit courses:
- Students have an opportunity to earn college credit, simultaneously during their high school career.
- These courses are transcribed on both their high school and college transcripts.
- The Fast Forward program can pay for up to $75.00 per credit, with most credits starting at $65.
- Dual Credit courses can be taken online, by virtual conferencing, or in some cases students can go directly to the college/university campus.
- Academic credits apply to postsecondary degree programs.
Technical competency credits, in most cases, only apply to postsecondary technical programs. Students will document proficiency in their skills and abilities, translating into technical college credits. For CTE high school programs that are SkillStack® aligned, students are given an opportunity to earn SkillStack badges. To learn more about badging, visit the State of Idaho Career & Technical SkillStack® website.
Benefits of technical competency credits:
- Students have an opportunity to advance their technical postsecondary degree, while still in high school.
- Earn your Associates Degree in your specific content area, in a shortened timeframe.
- Equates to a quick transition into the workforce.
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