Hands-On Training for High School Students
High school students involved in career education are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.
Mission Colege Career Education Pathways provide an early entry point into a college technical major while still in high school. You begin your course of study in high school and continue in a community college, such as Mission College. You earn college credit toward a certificate or degree which lead to a career, or transfer to a four-year program.
Today’s employers need employees to be prepared for a wide range of high-wage, high skill, high-demand careers that result from cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant education.
Why Career Education Pathways?
In today's job market, most careers require education beyond high school.
- 20 percent require professional degrees
- 62 percent require skilled labor
Mission College CTE Pathways are a great way to start a college technical major while still in high school. In a CTE Pathways program, you begin your course of study in high school and continue in a community college, such as Mission College. The result is a certificate or associate degree in a career field, or transfer to a four-year program.
Career Education Pathway Advantages
What are the advantages of Career Education Pathways?
Save money. College is expensive. The free Career Education Pathways college credits you earn apply toward your high school diploma and toward certificates and degrees at Mission College.
Save time. Get a head start on your certificate or degree program requirements by earning college credits in your CTE courses before you even set foot on Mission College s campus.
Gain confidence and a sense of success. Earning college credits before you leave high school lets you know that you can succeed at Mission College.
Benefits to High School Students
High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.
- The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in career education
programs is 93 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of
- 91 percent of high school graduates who earned 2-3 career education credits enrolled
- Students in high school can start to earn credits for free, while still on high school. The credits are not only for college but for high school as well.
Career Education Programs
Mission College offers the following Career Education Pathways Programs. When you select the major you will be linked to a description and course requirements for that particular certificate and/or degree.
- Child Development
- Computer Applications
- Computer Programming and CSIT
- Fire Protection Technology and EMT
- Graphic Arts, Graphic Design & Multimedia
- Health Occupations and Nursing
- Hospitality Management
Mission College offers a number of career education programs that get students into the job market fast and with higher paying jobs. Students can also take a class or two to brush up on their skills. Evening classes are available at Mission College, and some of the classes are online.
Let's Get Started!
Interested in being a career education student and getting hands-on training while still in high school?
REMEMBER: Career Education Pathways starts in high school and is "2+2" - 2 years of high school + 2 years of college all in a Career Education Pathway.
Follow these steps to enroll in a Career Education Pathways Program:
- Begin the process in 10th grade.
- Talk with your high school Teacher, Counselor or Principal to learn for the current high school articulated courses at your school.
- Ask your school about courses designated "Career Education Pathways"
- The following are places to get information about Career Education Pathways
- High School Counselor
- High School Teacher
- Career Center
- Your local ROP (Regional Occupational Program) Office
- Discuss the Career Education Pathways program with your parents, teacher and counselor.
- Find out if there are any prerequisites or entrance requirements.
- Talk to someone who is enrolled in the program now.
- If you have any specific questions, meet with the 11th grade Career Education Pathways instructor in your chosen field.
- Once you reach a decision, sign-up and jumpstart your career!
Apply to Mission College
Begin by applying to Mission College at apply.missioncollege.edu. Students will receive a student ID and then are able to register for classes.
Costs and fees
- Dual Enrollment (DE) students pay only the health fee and the rest of the classes are free! DE students are limited to a maximum of 3 courses not to exceed 8 units for each term. For more information please see the steps below.
Other Steps and Information
High School & Adults School Articulation
For High School, Adult School and ROP Students
Mission College is able to offer students at local high schools, regional occupational programs, and adult schools the opportunity to earn college credit from Mission College for courses taken while at their school. This happens when faculty and administrators from the respective schools and the college meet and work out an arrangement called “Articulation.” An Articulation enables you, the student, to enter college already on a path to graduation. It will help shorten the time between when you enroll and start your classes and when you graduate and complete a program.
Imagine – you will already have a college transcript showing you have earned college credit before you even enter college!
The high school articulation process takes considerable effort on the part of faculty to arrange who review the curriculum carefully to ensure that the learning in the school meets the learning requirements of the college course. As a result, you benefit with an accelerated path to a college certificate or degree, so that you can more quickly transfer to a 4-year institution or enter the job market ready to work.
To find out if there is an active agreement established between your school and Mission College view the Articulation Directory
During Articulation Day, college faculty, college administrators, adult school educators and secondary teachers work collaboratively to review, approve and articulate courses. Find your active articulated courses in the directory link above.
Have questions? email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Active agreements must in place in order for credit to be granted to the student.
Initiate the process of receiving a transcript or record by submitting a “Request for Articulated Credit: within two years of course completion or high school graduation
EARN A B OR BETTER
With an earned grade of “B” or better you will receive credit on your Mission College transcript.
ESTABLISH A TRANSCRIPT
Establish a Mission College transcript by applying to the College to obtain a Mission College Student ID number, and taking at minimum, a half-unit (.5) cours.
Beginning Fall 2019, Mission College course is no longer a requirement for students to earn articulated credit. Students simply need to complete a course articulated between their school and Mission College and receive a grade of, at a minimum, a B.
To see courses available see the Articulation Directory
Student completes the Request for High School Course Articulation and obtains all signatures. The form is turned into the Mission College CTE Counselor, their high school or adult school for processing and credit to be awarded.
CREDIT BY EXAM
A “Credit by Exam” will reflect on the student’s transcript once the above steps are met.
Start the process of establishing an Articulation Agreement by contacting us by email at: email@example.com
Articulation agreements, once formalized are effective for a two-year period. Currently, Mission College’s High School, ROP and Adult Articulations spans the period from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020.
Next Articulation Day, April 2020- postponed
During Articulation Day, college faculty, college administrators, and secondary teachers work collaboratively to review, approve and articulate courses. Find your active articulated courses see the 2018-2020 CTE Course Articulation Directory
- CATEMA Teacher StartGuide for teachers creating CATEMA courses. This link is for schools with existing 2020-2022 CTE Articulation Agrements.
- CATEMA Student StartGuide for students creating a CATEMA account
- Articulation Process Chart for CATEMA using schools
- Articulation Process Chart for non-CATEMA using schools
- 2020-2022 Articulation Agreement (PDF) -Form
- 2020-2022 New Articulation Agreements (word) -Form. We understand that not everyone may have the appropriate tools to obtain electronic signatures for the articulation agreements. For this reason, teachers who are articulating course during summer 2020 can get assistance through the Mission College CTE office by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- New 2020-2022 Articulation Agreement Form (word)
- Renewal of 2018-2020 Articulation Agreement for 2020-2022 Form (word)
- Request for CTE Articulated Credit - Adult School
- Request for CTE Articulated Credit - High School/ROP
For students to receive college credit, an active articulation agreement must be in place between the school and Mission College at the time the student was enrolled in the class.
Need More Information?
Articulation Day 2020 (download and share!)
- Association for Career & Technical Education
- California Career Education Information and additional career information
- California Statewide Pathways
- University of California High School Articulation
- California Community Colleges Academic Senate
- California Post-Secondary Education Commission Glossary
- Statewide Career Pathways: Creating School to College Articulation
- Tech Prep: National Tech Prep Association
- CORD (Center for Occupational Research and Design)
- Workbased Learning Resource Center Tool Kit
- Association for Career and Technical Education
- State's Career Clusters
- National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium
- The National Centers for Career and Technical Education
U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Education Tech Prep site:
- State Tech Prep Coordinators
- Department of Education website
State of California