Students can save time, money in Issaquah tech prep program

February 4, 2014

By Staff

The Issaquah School District is pushing awareness of a program that allows students to earn dual high school and college credits, saving time and money.

Tech Prep allows students to earn credits through Bellevue College, Cascadia Community College, the Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Shoreline Community College.

Students enroll in classes through the colleges, but take them through their high schools. They are required to register on the Tech Prep website, pay a $46 consortium fee and if they complete the course with a “B” grade or higher, they can register for credit online.

“One of the barriers we’ve experienced is in getting the $46 fee paid,” Alexis Davison, an ISD career and technical education specialist, said in a news release.

“It is frustrating because we see students enrolled in the program miss out on the college credit because there seems to be confusion about this fee. Parents don’t know what the fee is for and it seems to get lost in the shuffle.”

It’s a costly oversight. Tuition for 15 credits at a community college in Washington state is about $1,500. Through Tech Prep, students can earn those credits while in high school for $46.

All students are eligible, and several options are eligible for credit, including interactive media, economics, computer science, criminal justice, and sales and marketing.

Learn more about Tech Prep by calling Davison at 837-7633, or go to www.careerandcounseling.org.

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