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Technical Preparation

Tech Prep education is a significant innovation in the education reform movement in the United States. Tech Prep was given major emphasis in the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1990 and was amended in the School to Work Opportunities Act of 1994.

Tech Prep education is a 4+2 , 3+2 or a 2+2 planned sequence of study in a technical field beginning as early as the ninth year of school. The sequence extends through two years of postsecondary occupational education or an apprenticeship program of at least two years following secondary instruction, and culminates in an associate degree or certificate.

Tech Prep is an important school-to-work transition strategy, helping all students make the connection between school and employment.

Elements of a Tech Prep Program

The Perkins law requires that Tech Prep programs have seven elements:

  • an articulation agreement between secondary and postsecondary consortium participants
  • a 2+2 , 3+2 or a 4+2 design with a common core of proficiency in math, science, communication, and technology
  • a specifically developed Tech Prep curriculum
  • joint in-service training of secondary and postsecondary teachers to implement the Tech Prep curriculum effectively
  • training of counselors to recruit students and to ensure program completion and appropriate employment
  • equal access of special populations to the full range of Tech Prep programs
  • preparatory services such as recruitment, career and personal counseling, and occupational assessment.

    States are required to give priority consideration to Tech Prep programs that do the following:

  • Offer effective employment placement.
  • Transfer to 4-year baccalaureate programs.
  • Are developed in consultation with business, industry, labor unions, and institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees.
  • Address dropout prevention and re-entry and the needs of special populations.
  • Outcomes for Students
  • Student outcomes include the following:
    • An associate degree or a 2-year certificate.
    • Technical preparation in at least one field of engineering technology, applied science, mechanical, industrial, or practical art or trade, or agriculture, health, or business.
    • Competence in math, science, and communication.
    • Employment.

Tech Prep Programs

  • Accounting/Office Technology
  • Agriscience/Natural Resourdces
  • Allied Health
  • Auto Body Repair
  • Automotive Technology
  • Building Trades SW
  • Construction Trades
  • Culinary Arts
  • Drafting/Design Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Occupations
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing Technology Academy
  • Power Equipment Technology
  • Precision Machining Technology
  • Public Safety/Protective Services
  • Teacher Academy
  • Visual Imaging Technology
  • Web Programming & Design
  • Welding & Fabrication

Tech Prep Partners

Alpena Community College
Baker College
Central Michigan University
Davenport University
Ferris State University
Grand Valley State University
Northwestern Michigan College
University of Northwestern Ohio

For detailed articulation information visit:

Patrick Lamb, Principal/Director
Phone: (231) 922-6260
Fax: (213) 922-6364
CTC - Auto Body Program
CTC - Early Childhood Education Program
CTC - Accounting/Office Technology Program
CTC - Visual Imaging Technology Program