What is Tech-Prep?
College of the Canyons Tech Prep program assists in students' career development emphasizing contextual learning and career pathways. Tech Prep is an important school-to-work transition strategy, helping all students make the connection between school and employment. The program effectively prepares students for the workforce through articulation, business partnerships, career development, curriculum enhancement, and career technical education programs.
The term 'Tech-Prep program' means a program of study that:
Combines at least two years of secondary education (as determined under State law) and two years of post-secondary education in a non-duplicative sequential course of study;
Strengthens the applied academic component of vocational and technical education through the integration of academic, and vocational and technical instruction;
Provides technical preparation in an area such as engineering technology, applied science, a mechanical, industrial or practical art or trade, agriculture, a health occupation, business, or applied economics;
Builds student competence in mathematics, science, and communications (including through applied academics) in a coherent sequence of courses; and leads to an Associates degree or a certificate in a specific career field, and to high skill, high wage employment, or further education.
The Tech Prep program is guided by the Career Technical Education Consortium that includes participants from the College, the High Schools in the Wm. S. Hart School District and local business. The consortium focuses on aligning CTE curriculum from High School to the College, professional development, program evaluation and work-place learning.
This project is funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and the California Department of Education. No person shall, on the grounds of sex, race, color, national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under this project.