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College Career Pathways *

The College Career Pathways (CCP) program is a course of study designed to encourage and prepare Connecticut Technical High School (CTHS) students to pursue an associate or baccalaureate degree in their chosen technical area. Through a planned sequence of academic and technical courses, College Career Pathways prepares students for the advanced courses required by two-year and four-year colleges.  Students formally enroll in a community college and register for articulated academic and technical courses. Students have the opportunity to earn up to fourteen college credits in a non-duplicative sequence of coursework. These colleges are: Capital Community College, Gateway Community College, Housatonic Community College, Manchester Community College, Quinebaug Valley Community College and Three Rivers Community College. Please contact your school guidance department for student support and guidance in preparing students for entering the College Career Pathways.

Eligibility Standards and Entrance Requirements

The student must:

  • Have completed a planned sequence of academic courses (English, math, and science) and a technical program in 9th and 10th grade;
  • Achieve an overall C+ (77) or higher average in 10th grade;
  • Have parental permission;
  • Make a commitment to completing a planned sequence of course work that includes both academic and career-related courses leading to an associate’s degree or higher;
  • Complete the College Career Pathways application form with parental signature.

Sequence of Study
The student must take the following courses in order to follow the Career College Pathways:

  • College credit earning academic courses (English, mathematics, science).
  • CTHSS Trade/technology programs with formally established course credit pathways with designated community colleges include: Architectural Technologies; Automated Manufacturing Technology;  Automotive Technology; Baking;  Bioscience and Environmental Technology; Computer-aided Drafting and Design; Culinary Arts; Electrical; Electronics; Electromechanical; Health Technology; Tourism, Hospitality and Guest Services Management; Information Systems Technology; Manufacturing Technology, Pre-Electrical Engineering and Audio Visual Technology and Retail Management and Entrepreneurship. 

*This symbol identifies College Career Pathways courses.
Criteria for Receiving College Credit
Students will:

  • Register at the college for the articulated college course;
  • Meet the competencies of the course and a technical program in 11th and 12th grade; and,
  • Achieve a minimum grade determined by the college in the articulated academic and/or technical course.
Benefits for Students

College Career Pathways (CCP) students are eligible to earn up to 14 college credits in high school. CCP students graduate with credits awarded by the college on a college transcript. These credits may be used to continue post-secondary studies at designated community colleges or are transferable to public and private colleges and universities in Connecticut, as well as, out-of-state educational institutions.

College Career Pathways students are offered many of the services that are available for all college students at the community college. These services include:

  • Full access to college library media with borrowing privileges
  • Computer lab facilities
  • College writing lab
  • Tutorial services for English, math and sciences
  • Career Development and Placement including interest and aptitude assessment and career counseling
  • Admission Counseling

The community colleges sponsor a variety of activities for College Career Pathways students that promote career awareness and exploration, academic and technical training, business and industry connections and enrichment activities. The activities for students include:

  • College Open Houses
  • Career Fairs
  • Career Workshops
  • Technology Days
  • Job Shadowing
  • Math and Science Fairs
  • Internships
  • Summer Enrichment Programs

In addition, CTHSS has partnerships with The Culinary Institute of America, Lincoln Culinary Institute, Lincoln Technical Institute, the New England Culinary Institute, University of Northwestern Ohio and the New England Institute of Technology and the Universal Technical Institute. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit and/or opportunities for advanced standing by successfully completing their high school technical program. For more information, contact the high school’s guidance department.

UCONN Early College Experience (ECE) provides students the opportunity to take university courses while still in high school. These challenging courses allow students to preview college work, build confidence in their readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide both an academic and a financial head-start on a college degree.

ECE instructors, who are certified as adjunct professors by UConn faculty, create a classroom environment fostering independent learning, creativity, and critical thinking – all pivotal for success in college. To support rigorous learning, University of Connecticut library resources are made available to all ECE students.

ECE students must successfully complete the courses with a grade of C or better in order to receive university credit. University credits are highly transferable to other universities.
Students are charged a nominal per credit fee. The fee is waived for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. For additional information visit: www.ece.uconn.edu.

Note: ECE courses are not offered in every school location. See the Elective section for courses and descriptions.


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