Tech Prep

What is Tech Prep?

Tech Prep is a state-wide/national  dual credit program that provides students with an opportunity to earn college credit while attending their high school course though CBC.


Currently there are 22 Tech Prep consortia in Washington State. All of them provide the Dual-Credit program. You are invited to click on the following links to learn more about the Columbia Basin Consortium and other Tech Prep related resources:

Course Equivalencies
 Columbia Basin Tech Prep Consortium
* Dual-Credit program
* Consortium news and relevant events
* Tech Prep in Washington and in the nation

How does it work?

Intro Paragraph:

  • Tech-Prep was actually a national dual credit program; not just state-wide. It was part of an educational reform strategy funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. It is one of many types of dual-credit programs offered here in the State of Washington, but it’s a program that was implemented and available to students around the US.
  • Last year (2010-2011) there were over 3,000 students who registered for Tech Prep credit. Only 1,449 students earned credits and together, they earned a total of 13,059 credits.

How Does It Work:

  • There is no longer a $20.00 student registration fee. For the student and parent(s), the cost is free. Instead, the school district members of the Columbia Basin Consortium have all agreed to support that student fee in an effort to remove that barrier from students participating.
  • I would suggest you work with your CTE Director for the Kennewick School District to update your list of course of equivalencies. I am unaware of any articulation between Kamiakin and CBC with regards to Internship Essentials and I see that the new Horticulture articulations are not listed here.