Welcome to the Career Tech and Adult Education Programs Frequently Asked Questions Page! Find the answers to questions most commonly asked about Terra State Community College's partnerships with these programs here.
What is a Career Tech program (CT) or Adult Education program (AE)? Why should I enroll in one of these programs? Would you like to earn college credit while still in high school (CT)? Or have you already graduated from high school but are looking to improve your skills or start a new career (AE)? Career Tech and Adult Ed programs engage students in the use of the latest technology, practical laboratory projects and strong critical thinking assignments preparing them for today's in-demand careers. Terra State has partnered with area career centers and high schools that offer these programs to provide students with the opportunity to take college courses and/or earn college credit as part of their program agreement. Not only can students earn articulated, transcripted and/or career technical assurance guide (ctag) college credit they will save time and money since they will have already completed some of the courses needed if they decide to go for a college degree.
What are the Career Tech and Adult Ed program agreement and credit guidelines? You can find the guidelines here.
Want to know more? Check out the questions and answers below.
How to Enroll, the Enrollment Process and Going to Class
What career centers or high schools have CT or AE programs and what programs do they have? For a list of participating schools and their programs click here.
How do I enroll in a CT or AE program? Contact the career center or school which has the program you are interested in. They will help you with the application process. A lot of career centers and high schools have information about CT and AE on their web sites.
What is articulated college credit? Articulation agreements allow students to earn college credit for courses without taking them because students learn the information as part of their CT or AE program. College credit is awarded for the course(s) once the student completes eligibility requirements at Terra State.
What is transcripted college credit? Transcripted credit agreements allow students to take college courses for college credit either at Terra State or as part of their program. Upon completion of a college course, the credit is automatically placed on the student's transcript without an application process.
What is CTAG college credit? Certain CT and AE programs contain technical courses that qualify for Career Technical Assurance Guide credit according to a state initiative. Students who successfully complete these certain programs are eligible to receive technical college credit that can be used at Ohio public colleges and universities. For more information see the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) web site: Ohio Higher Ed-CTAG.
Do I have to take the COMPASS placement test? To take college courses as part of your program a COMPASS test may be required. But don't fret! This is to your benefit. It will make sure you are able to handle the college course workload. Plus most colleges ask all new degree-seeking students to complete an assessment of their reading, writing, math and computer skills as part of their enrollment process. So why not get it out of the way now? Try some of our practice tests.
Do I have to pay for the college course I take as part of my program? Terra State will not charge the student or his/her parent(s) tuition or fees for college course scheduled in conjunction with their program. However, if the student receives a grade of “D” or “F” for one or more of the college courses or do not attend courses offered by Terra State as scheduled, the student will be assessed the tuition, fees, and textbook/laboratory manual costs for the course. See Terra State Admissions Department for more details.
What if I don't like the college course I am in? Can I change it? Individual schedule changes can be made only with the approval of the career center/high school and an advisor at Terra State. Talk to your career center/school counselor for more information.
What if I change my mind and decide I don't want to continue my CT or AE program and college courses? This is a big decision. Talk to your instructors and see if they can offer some help and advice first. If you still decide to discontinue your program talk to the career center/school for more information.
Can I keep my book or what happens if I lost or damaged my book? Textbooks are to be returned to the career centers upon completion of the college course. Lost or damaged textbooks will be the expense of the student.
Do I have to attend my college class at Terra State if the career center is closed because of the weather? Attendance and participation in class and laboratory activities may affect your grade at Terra State. If the college is in session, students are required to attend college classes even if the home high school and/or the career centers are closed. College closings and delays due to inclement weather are not as frequent as career center/high school closings. Attendance in classes, high school or college, are the student’s responsibility.
What happens if I have to miss one of my college classes? Students are responsible for contacting their college instructor regarding any class or laboratory absences and it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for completing missed assignments or tests.
How do I find out what grade I got in my college course? Students may view their grades at the end of each academic term through their Terra State Student Portal.
What happens if I fail my college course? If the student receives a grade of “D” or “F” for their college course the student will be assessed the tuition, fees, and textbook/laboratory manual costs for the course. See Terra State Admissions Department for more details.
After Program Completion, What Do I Do Now, How to Get College Credit
How do I get the college credit I worked so hard for?
First, congratulations on your success! Next, ask your career center teacher for a copy of your agreement or you can look for it here.
What type of credit did you earn, articulated...transcripted...ctag? The type of credit may be listed on your agreement or you can ask your instructor.
If you earned articulated credit you need to petition Terra State for credit. But first you need to make sure you completed all the eligibility requirements.
If you earned transcripted credit it will automatically be placed on your college transcript.
If you earned ctag credit you will have to petition the Ohio Board of Regents and Terra State for it using their verification form. You will have to get the actual form from your career center but here is a sample copy. For more information on what courses are eligible or basic CTAG information see the Ohio Board of Regents web site.
Not sure what to do next? Find a helpful checklist here.
Student Eligibility and Credit Awarding Requirements:
Articulated Academic Credit
- The student must have completed their Career Tech (CT) or Adult Education (AE) program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- The student must enroll at Terra State within 2 calendar years after having graduated from their CT or AE program.
- The student must have completed an application for admission to Terra State; this includes submission of their official high school transcripts to Terra State.
- The student must schedule an appointment with a Terra State Admissions Advisor to petition for the articulated academic credit. During this appointment the student must provide evidence (passport, portfolio, certifications, licenses, competency profile etc.) that shows they have successfully completed their CT or AE program and all of the Terra State requirements. In some cases the student may also be required to take an examination.
- The student must complete the next higher level Terra State course in their degree pathway. The course needs to be taken after the student graduates from their CT or AE program.
- Articulated Academic Credit will be added to the student’s official transcript after completion of the next higher level course. A notation of “CR” will appear on the student’s college transcript next to those courses for which articulated credit has been accepted.
- In the event that a Terra State course taken as part of the student’s CT program during high school or AE program after high school was not a prerequisite for another Terra State course, articulated academic credit will be awarded upon the student’s completion of 3 semester credit hours at Terra State. The course taken to achieve the additional credit hours needs to be at the 1000 level or higher. The student must receive a “C” or better in the Terra State course. The additional credit hours need to be taken after the student graduates from their CT or AE program.
- All Articulated Academic Credit is granted at the discretion of the Dean of the content area.
Transcripted Academic Credit
- Students in a CT program may enroll in Terra State course(s) concurrently while in their CT program at the discretion of the associated career center or high school and provided they have met Terra State course placement requirements. Not all CT programs are eligible to enroll in Terra State course(s) for Transcripted Academic Credit.
- CT students will be subject to the policies and procedures of Terra State, when participating in Terra State courses or when present at Terra State facilities. Reference the Student Responsibilities form.
- Once the student has completed their CT program and their Terra State course(s) the student’s grades will be recorded on the student’s college transcript.
How do I know what classes I need to complete my degree? There are so many options. But what is right for you? If you are planning on attending Terra State, we have some great Admissions Advisors that would be glad to help, just contact them to set-up an appointment. If you are planning on attending another college, call their Admissions department and they should be able to help.
How do I find out if my Terra State college credits will transfer to another college? While it is the student's responsibility to confirm whether credits earned at Terra State will be accepted by another college, Terra State has partnered with many colleges to make it easier for a student to transfer. Terra State has a Transfer Center, located within the Academic Service Center which offers a variety of resources and information for students to make informed transfer decisions. Several regional four-year colleges and universities also have representatives available by appointment. Contact the Academic Service Center to find out what opportunities are available.
How do I get a copy of my college transcript? Students may request an official college transcript from the Terra State Student Records Department. There is a fee charged per transcript.
When/Where do I send my high school transcripts to Terra State? Current high school students must wait until after high school graduation to submit their transcripts. Transcripts can be mailed or hand delivered to Terra State Student Records Department, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont, OH 43420.
I don't know if I can afford to continue taking college classes towards my degree, is there any help for me? Yes! First making the decision to attend Terra State will definitely help your budget. We have online and evening classes for those students who need to work and go to school. You can go to school part-time as well, whatever fits best into your budget. Our Financial Service Advisors can help you complete a FASFA and direct you to scholarships and other things to reduce your out of pocket tuition costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office and see what is available.
Will anyone help me find a job? As a present or past student of Terra State we would be glad to have you work for us as a student worker, contact Career Services and find out what opportunities might be available. Need something a bit more permanent? Terra State's Career Service Advisors have many business contacts and can help guide you in the right direction. Contact Career Services today.
What if I have a disability or special needs? In college the student is responsible for identifying themselves and requesting accommodations for each course they are enrolled in. Its best if they do this BEFORE the course starts. Terra State's Counseling and Disabilities Center would be glad to help you get the accommodations that you need to excel in college!
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