To assist Nevada students in fulfilling requirements for college degrees and industry certifications, the College of Southern NevadaGreat Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College offers the CTE College Credit program, awarding credits for classes of career and technical education. The application deadline is on April 1.

“I want to pursue a career in the automotive industry, so I am considering attending Truckee Meadows, since they will give me credits for being in the Automotive program,” senior Earl Buenaflor said. “I talked with Mr. Raha, and he was able to help me get the process started.”

The program is not exclusive to seniors. Students that will graduate within 3 years of the date they submit their application may qualify.

“Even though I’ll be enlisting in the Navy after high school, I still want to work on completing my degree,” senior Jarrod Orap said. “If the situation presents itself, I will try to take online classes because it is more convenient for me.”

In order to qualify, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete their CTE core course sequence
  • Earn a 3.0 GPA in an articulated CTE program sequence
  • Pass the State End-of-Program Assessment
  • Pass the State Workplace Readiness Assessment

“Since I’m still looking at colleges, I might take advantage of the credit transferral and attend CSN first,” junior Keena Venegas said. “After that I’ll see where I can take those credits with me.”

Although both institutions offer the program, they each have their own list of programs that are approved for college credit. Students may discuss with their program leaders to determine which colleges their program qualifies for.

“I appreciate how we can be rewarded for our CTE education,” junior Carl Montemayor said. “With the increasing expenses of college, this will assist us in financing our education.”

Before submitting the CTE College Credit application, students must complete the institutions admission application first.

“On top of applying to UNLV, I also applied to CSN because I will be able to get a head start on my degree,” senior Kris Medina said.

Students that qualify for college credit will receive a letter in June 2016 from their respective institutions with instructions on how to view their academic history and see which credits they will receive.

“Since I’m attending CSN, I have submitted my application for the program,” senior Nino Nobleza said. “I want to pursue a career in the medical field, so being a student in the Respiratory Therapy program has definitely benefitted me.”