Advanced Placement courses are rigorous, college-like classes providing students an opportunity to access college-level learning and build critical thinking and scholarly writing skills. At the end of the course, students take their course specific exam and dependent on their score could earn college credit at a number of higher education institutions.
College in the High School provides college-level courses in the high school setting and allows students to earn high school and college credits at the same time. Students earn college credit by passing the course and paying a reduced fee for college tuition to earn the credits.
Running Start is early access to community college program for qualified juniors and seniors. Students work towards a college degree while earning their high school diploma by taking equivalent courses. Students meet with their school counselor and schedule a placement test with the college (or use their Smarter Balanced Assessment scores) to begin the enrollment process. Students may attend Running Start at any area community college part-time or full-time
CTE Dual Credit (formerly Tech Prep) courses offer students an opportunity to earn Community / Technical College credit while attending high school classes. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit classes are taught at the high school or skills center and integrate academics with technical skills to help prepare students for advanced education and careers related to professional-technical occupations. High school students who complete selected high school courses with a B grade (3.0) or better can earn Community / Technical College credit. After June 30th of the summer after you have completed the required high school courses contact the PC3 office at 253-583-8803 for transcription of your CTE Dual credits. Contact your high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher about earning credit. More information about CTE Dual Credit can be found online at Pierce County Careers Connection www.pc3connect.com or Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges www.sbctc.edu/colleges-staff/programs-services/cte-dual-credit.