Tech Prep

Tech Prep is a way to start a college technical major in high school. In a Tech Prep program, you begin your course of study in high school and continue in a community or technical college. The result is a certificate or associate degree in a career field.

Tech Prep programs combine the academic courses needed for success in college AND technical courses that begin to prepare you for a career.

Students in Tech Prep programs can earn college credit through:

  • Content-enhanced articulated courses (statewide articulation and/or local articulation);
  • Dual credit (concurrent enrollment); and/or
  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP)

How are Tech Prep programs different from other career and technology programs?

The main difference is that all Tech Prep programs are college-preparatory, designed to prepare students to continue in a related program of study at a two-year college. Tech Prep high school course sequences prepare students for continuation in many related postsecondary Tech Prep associate of applied science degree programs.

Tech Prep is college prep for technical careers.

How Do I Qualify for College Credit?

  • Enroll in articulated career and technology courses in high school. (Course abbreviations end in - TP and courses on your high school transcript should be noted with the letter A.
  • Complete the course as a junior or a senior.
  • Make a minimum grade of 80 (3.0) in the course.
  • If there are course prerequisites, make a minimum grade of 80 (3.0) in each course.
  • Enroll in Lamar Institute of Technology within 15 months of high school graduation.
  • Successfully complete six hours of non-developmental college credit.
  • AP and/or CLEP examinations may apply toward the six required hours.

Steps to Get College Credit

  • Bring your high school transcript to the Tech Prep Coordinator at Lamar Institute of Technology when you enroll.
  • The Tech Prep Coordinator will help you identify the college courses that are equivalent to the articulated courses you took in high school.
  • Select a college certificate or degree plan that includes one or more of these courses.
  • Complete six (6) additional, non-developmental college hours.