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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 at least 11th grade standing;
  • 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; Carpentry; 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 . 
  • A course sequence in Computer Applications has been accepted by Capital Community College, Gateway Community College and Three Rivers Community College to meet the requirement for course credit pathways for students enrolled in: Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing; Fashion Merchandising and Entrepreneurship; Graphics; Hairdressing; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Diesel and Heavy Duty Equipment Repair; Masonry; Media Production; Music Production; Plumbing, Heating and Cooling; and, Welding.

*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. See example below of a CCP program of study and corresponding college credits:

CTHSS Courses

CCP College Course Equivalency


English 11 and 12

Speech Communication


Algebra II and Advanced Algebra
or Honors Algebra II
or Honors Pre-Calculus

Intermediate Algebra


Physics or Biology or Chemistry

College Physics or College Biology or College Chemistry


CTHSS Trade/Technology Courses

Trade/Technology Course



Possible Total College Credit           


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, there are technical courses articulated with Johnson and Wales University, Lincoln Culinary Institute, University of Northwestern Ohio and the New England Institute of Technology. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit by successfully completing their high school technical course. For more information, contact the high school’s guidance department.


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