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Tech Prep in Idaho: A Secondary/Postsecondary Collaboration

What is Tech Prep?

Tech Prep is one of four advanced learning opportunities recognized by the State Board of Education that links approved technical and academic high school courses to certificate and degree programs at the postsecondary level.  All high school Tech Prep courses are articulated courses, high school courses that contain the same content as an equivalent college course, for which a postsecondary institution has agreed to award college credit provided the high school student meets the course requirements.

Idaho has six regional Advanced Learning Partnerships (ALP) that coordinate Tech Prep articulation agreements and related services between the technical college and the school districts. 

Tech Prep is a federal education initiative that was first implemented in 1990 as part of the Carl Perkins Act and renewed in 2006.

Why Tech Prep?

Tech Prep provides students with the technical skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to prepare for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions.

Students benefit by:

  • Improving the transition from high school to college
  • Not repeating course competencies already mastered
  • Earning advanced credits while in high school and needing fewer college courses to graduate
  • Reducing tuition costs
  • Connects learning to career pathways

Elements of Tech Prep:

  • Has an approved articulation agreement between high schools and postsecondary institutions
  • Integrates academic and technical education and, if appropriate and available, work-based learning
  • Provides technical preparation for careers
  • Builds student competence in core academic and technical areas