Tech Prep/Advanced Technical Credit (ATC)

South Texas College is a participating member of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Tech-Prep consortium and member of the state's Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) program. Tech Prep and ATC are part of a national educational initiative in vocational and technical education. Programs developed cooperatively with the area school districts and through the State enable high school students to enter STC with college credits for technical courses and prepare them to enter the workforce in high demand technical areas.

A high school student who successfully completes a Tech Prep/ATC approved articulated course at their high school is eligible to receive credit at STC when the following criteria are met:

  1. Completes the high school course(s) with a grade of 80 (B) or better.
  2. Meets all STC admission and program entrance requirements.
  3. Enrolls in an Associate of Applied Science Degree or related certificate at STC within 15 months after graduating from high school.
  4. Successfully completes a minimum of six (6) credit hours at STC with a grade of 70 (C) or better.

Then, the student should visit the office of High School Programs and Services to ensure proper credit.