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Tech Prep is an articulated program of study, beginning in high school and continuing through the community college. It addresses the need expressed by the business community throughout the nation to better train students for employment in a technical career and inevitable, future career shifts brought about by our rapidly changing, technological workplace. Mendocino College currently is working with its feeder high schools in the areas of business, health, child development, administration of justice and teacher preparation, Cisco Networking Academy and computer graphics, the largest growing occupational areas in the North Coast region and the nation. Throughout the program, the curricula provides students with an increasingly more sophisticated level of occupational skills training, academics taught in an applied context, work experience and career exploration. Tech Prep program students earn a high school diploma, an associate degree and/or certificate, (with an honors designation on their diploma/transcript) and an industry sign-off assuring competency in the key skills needed by today's workforce. Additionally, Tech Prep program completers will have developed a portable career portfolio, will be fully prepared for employment in a second-tier, entry level job in a technical career and will have acquired the preparatory job experience and interpersonal, technical and management skills they need to succeed in their chosen field.
Because the program has a career training focus, in addition to specific job training in the technical career area, there is built-in flexibility if students change their career goals. If they have completed an associate degree and decide they want additional education before going to work--or want to work and continue going to school for advanced educational coursework--they will have completed many of their general education and lower division requirements for a baccalaureate degree through Tech Prep. If they in fact do not even continue the program beyond high school, they will have received a high school diploma, be prepared to get and hold a minimum wage job and have the potential for advancing more rapidly than graduates from traditional high school occupational programs.
Tech Prep Programs of Study for 2003-2004:
Created: May 25, 1999 @ 12:00 AM
Last Modified: September 12, 2005 @ 01:02 PM