"Tech Prep" programs offer an articulated sequence of study agreed upon between a secondary and postsecondary consortium. Tech Prep programs have a common core of proficiency in math, science, communication and technology. The design is 2+2 or 4+2: 2+2 meaning 2 years of secondary school plus 2 years in a postsecondary institution, or 4+2, meaning all 4 years of high school, and 2 years in a postsecondary institution. "Career Academies" are high school-level school-within-school programs that offer career-related curricula based on a career theme, academic coursework and work experience through partnerships with local employers. Twenty-nine states indicate a focus on or access to Tech Prep programs, and three states indicate the use of career academies.
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Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and will be updated as new policies are enacted.
Last updated: June 2008
Research conducted by Melodye Bush. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth for questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Tech Prep or similar focus (2+2)|
|Alaska||Statewide Tech Prep program consortium is funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act federal grant from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.|
|Arizona||Yes, a Tech Prep program.|
|Arkansas||Yes. State's program provides technical preparation in engineering technology, applied science, agriculture, health, business or mechanical, industrial or practical art or trade. Focus is to build student competence in mathematics, science and communications leading to employment placement.|
|California||Yes, a Tech Prep program|
|Delaware||Yes. Tech Prep Delaware provides transition opportunities to all Delaware career and technical education students. Every public high school in the state has at least one articulation agreement. Postsecondary partners include two two-year and eight four-year colleges as well as the Delaware Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program. Tech Prep Delaware actively supports transition from secondary to postsecondary and from two-year programs to four-year programs.|
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|Florida||Yes. A student is eligible for a Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award if the student meets general eligibility requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, completes the secondary school portion of a Two-Plus-Two Program or a Tech-Prep program, and meets certain other criteria.|
Florida has more than 400 career academies, which are research-based programs integrating a rigorous academic curriculum with a business/industry driven career curriculum. The academies connect high school studies to careers and postsecondary goals using focused career studies that lead to an industry certification, an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree.
|Idaho||Yes, a Tech Prep program|
|Illinois||Yes. State law also provides for a tax credit for cooperative secondary school youth vocational programs that are certified as qualifying Tech-Prep programs because the programs prepare students to be technically skilled workers and meet the performance standards of business and industry as well as the admission standards of higher education.|
Vocational Academies Act specifies that a school district, in partnership with community colleges, local employers and community-based organizations may establish a vocational academy that is eligible for funding under the Act if the academy meets all of the following requirements:
|Indiana||Indiana's Tech Prep funds are now directed to the state's Career Academies.|
|Iowa||Statute was passed for the development and implementation of career academies designed to provide new career preparation opportunities for high school students that are formally linked with postsecondary career and technical education programs. "Career academies" are defined as a program of study that combined a minimum of two years of secondary education with an associate degree or the equivalent career preparatory program.|
|Kansas||Kansas chose to merge Tech Prep monies into the Perkins IV Title I monies.|
|Kentucky||Yes. The general assembly set up a School-to-Careers System that serves as an umbrella for career-related programs in the public schools, including school-to-work, tech-prep, and High Schools That Work initiatives. The program provides matching funds to school districts or consortia of school districts for the development and implementation of comprehensive plans that include several specifically outlined aspects.|
|Maryland||Almost every Maryland career and technology education program of study is a Tech Prep program.|
|Michigan||Yes, a Tech Prep program|
|Minnesota||Yes, a Tech Prep program|
|Mississippi||Yes. The state created the Tech-Prep Fund for implementing Tech-Prep programs in grades 7 through 12 and in the public community and junior colleges. Funds are to be allocated for the following purposes: |
|Missouri||Tech Prep education in Missouri is an articulated two-year secondary and two or more year postsecondary education program that:|
|Montana||Yes, a Tech Prep program|
|Nebraska||Yes. Primary objective is to prepare secondary students to enter postsecondary component of their program of study remediation free. The program uses the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education Dual Enrollment Standards as a guide for establishing articulated programs of study.|
|New Hampshire||Yes, high school to community college in career cluster areas linked by a career pathway program of study.|
|New Jersey||Some of the districts in the state offer tech prep programs.|
|New Mexico||Yes, a Tech Prep program|
|North Carolina||Yes, a Tech Prep program|
|Ohio||Yes, there are 36 career academies throughout the state, in both urban and suburban areas. They often build on the efforts of Tech Prep and High Schools That Work.|
|Oklahoma||Cooperative Alliances initiative between Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education expands postsecondary access through an established credit-transfer process. Students begin a college transcript in 11th grade, connecting their high school studies to their postsecondary goals. The state's Tech Prep goal is to increase the number of the state's CTE students who complete high school with college credit, pursue and complete a post-secondary credential, an industry recognized certificate or degree and are employed in the field in which they were prepared. The program is aligned with two years in high school and two years in community college.|
|Oregon||Tech Prep has been incorporated into the redesign of Oregon career and technical education and is schools with a career and technical education program are required to have Tech Prep in the program of study.|
|Pennsylvania||Yes, a Tech Prep program|
|South Carolina||Yes, Tech Prep is available through the regional education centers.|
|Texas||Yes. A tech-prep consortium, which is a regional collaboration of school districts, institutions of higher education, businesses, labor organizations and other participants work together to effectively implement a regional tech-prep program which combines at least two years of secondary education with at least two years of postsecondary education in a nonduplicative, sequential course of study based on the recommended high school program adopted by the state board of education. The program of study should:|
|Virginia||Yes, a Tech Prep program|
|Washington||Yes, Tech Prep and other similar programs|
|Wyoming||Dual or concurrent enrollment courses in Wyoming are prevalent. Seventy percent of the dual enrollment courses are in career and technical education. The title "Tech Prep" will not be used after this school year; however, the concept continues in the five-year plan under Programs of Study between secondary and postsecondary institutions.|