The Nevada System of Higher Education and the Nevada Department of Education are establishing a new system to award college credit to high school students who complete state-approved career and technical education programs. The credit, called CTE College Credit, is awarded to students based on articulation agreements established by each college for the CTE program, where the colleges will determine the credit value of a full high school CTE program based on course alignment. An articulation agreement will be established for each CTE program designating the number of articulated credits each college will award to students who complete the program.
The goal of this new system is to prepare students to earn a postsecondary credential in less time and at lower cost. CTE College Credit is free and is awarded to students who: (1) complete the CTE course sequence with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher; (2) pass the state end-of-program technical assessment for the program; and (3) pass the Workplace Readiness Assessment for employability skills.
CTE College Credit Memoranda of Understanding
As per the policy approved by the Nevada State Board of Education and the Nevada Board of Regents, a memorandum of understanding has been developed between the Department of Education and each of the four participating colleges: College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Western Nevada College. Each MOU is signed by the respective college president and by the superintendent of public instruction.
The memoranda of understanding provide the foundational authority to establish statewide articulation agreements for high school students in Nevada. Each articulation agreement will abide by the same standards for students to qualify for the credit, where students must: (1) pass the core course sequence with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher; (2) pass the state end-of-program technical assessment; and (3) pass the Workplace Readiness Skills assessment.
An articulation agreement is an officially approved agreement that matches coursework between the secondary and postsecondary institutions. These agreements are designed to help students make a smooth transition from secondary to postsecondary institutions. The articulation agreement identifies the specific courses that align and are accepted for credit at the postsecondary level.
Each local high school and college maintains their agreements. Please refer to the local high schools course catalog or contact the local high school counselor for more information.