What are Technical Competency Credits? Technical Competency Credits (TCC) help high school students get a jump start on their technical certificate or applied science college degree. Students can take approved high school technical courses and, once completed with a grade “B” or better, request to have LCSC transcript those credits at a cost of $10 per credit.
How does it work? Students take high school technical classes that qualify for TCC. To find out what classes qualify, students can check with their high school counselor or online at http://www.lcsc.edu/advanced-opportunities.
Once a student has completed a high school TCC class with a grade “B” or better they are eligible to request a transcript from LCSC. Students have up to two years from the time the final grade is posted to request credit. The cost is $10 per credit to request a transcript.
What are the requirements to obtain TCC? Students must be enrolled in the CATEMA system (a database where high school teachers post the final grade). The high school teacher will help students enroll in CATEMA.Students must complete the high school technical class with a final grade of “B” or better. Once the final grade is submitted, students may request TCC by filling out the TCC request form.
The TCC request form must be filled out completely with a parent/guardian signature and sent to LCSC with payment attached. The fee is $10 per credit.If students have already taken high school technical classes for credit they can verify their grade through CATEMA by going to www.catema.com/idaho2 and logging in.
Important Information: Technical credits generally apply to only postsecondary technical programs. Not all credits will be transferable. Students must check the postsecondary school they plan on attending to learn what credits will or will not transfer. Students participating in the high school program approved for TCC are not considered postsecondary students until they matriculate to a postsecondary institution.
Credits are not obtained until a student fills out the TCC form with parent signature and sends it to LCSC with the $10 per credit fee attached. For more information talk to your high school counselor or go to www.lcsc.edu/advanced-opportunities. This program is not eligible for Fast Forward funding.
What is the difference between a technical and an academic credit? Students who take a technical class are learning specific skills that will apply directly to the workforce. Because of that, technical classes offered for TCC in a high school are geared only to that same program in college. It is not as transferable as academic courses, in general. For example, a high school welding class that offers TCC means that the credit will be used towards a welding program in college. By comparison, a high school English course offered for credit may transfer to a variety of college degrees.
Another important factor in determining if TCC will be useful is to know what program the student plans on taking in college. If a high school student takes TCC but decides to apply for an academic degree in college, those TCC’s may not transfer to the college program. It is the responsibility of the high school student to contact the college and learn exactly what TCC’s will transfer.
What classes are offered for TCC in high school? There are a range of classes high school students can take for TCC. Students should talk to their high school counselor to determine which ones will best fit the student’s education path. Some examples of TCC offered in high schools are: