High School Sophomores
Intrigued by technology? Motivated by hands-on learning? If you're a high school sophomore, the College Tech Prep (CTP) program may be for you.
You can choose the CTP program as an alternative to your traditional junior and senior years. By doing so, you'll be able to complete both high-level academic courses (preparing you for college entrance) as well as technical courses in the field of your choice (preparing you for career entrance). In short, by the time you finish those two years of high school, you'll be both college bound and career ready.
Earn College Credit in High School
Being a CTP student means you'll have two different ways to earn college credit before you ever leave high school. First, many of your CTP technical classes can qualify for credit at LCCC through “articulation agreements” between your high school and LCCC. Second, you can choose to participate in LCCC's Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program that allows you to take many General Education courses (such as Math, English, Social Studies, etc.) at the college level – gaining credit toward both your diploma and future associate's degree.
Obviously, getting these credits means you'll have to meet some specific standards and guidelines for each course – but it's not all that difficult. And remember: you can take these classes for free! Details are available through your College Tech Prep teacher, your high school counselor, or any LCCC academic advisor.
Last, if you decide to continue your studies at LCCC after completing the CTP program, scholarships may be available to help you pay for tuition, books and supplies. Awards are limited, and you must have at least 2.75 grade point average to apply. Find out more by calling the LCCC Financial Aid office at 800-995-5222, extension 4034.
What Makes College Tech Prep Different?
Because the College Tech Prep Program emphasizes both academic and technical skills, it can help you prepare for a bachelor's degree program, for an associate's degree program, or for employment immediately after high school. The choice is yours – but whichever path you choose, your “real world” knowledge and experience will help you move into your career field quickly and confidently. You'll also have the insight and savvy to make informed career decisions about where you want to go – and how far you want to go – in your professional life.
College Tech Prep Program Options
Health Science Technology
Interactive Multimedia Technology
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Network Communications Technology
Programming & Software Development
Junior standing at the end of 10th grade
2.5 GPA preferred
Completed Algebra I with a "C" or better
Completed Biology with a "B" or better preferred (Health Science Technology only)
Completed keyboarding or computer applications preferred Interest in technology
Guidance and Support
College Tech Prep ensures that students and parents receive career and academic guidance along the way. Teachers, guidance counselors and college staff work with you to make sure you are successful in your path to college.
Other College Tech Prep Student Benefits
CTP students receive an LCCC college ID card that gives you free use of the library, computer labs, physical education facilities. During open recreation hours at our Ewing Activities Center you can play hoops, tennis soccer, volleyball and more. You can also run on our indoor track and use our free-weight room.
Ready to Start?
To learn more about the College Tech Prep program, contact your high school guidance office or call the Lorain County College Tech Prep Office at 440-366-4846.