Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS CTE?
CTE stands for Career and Technical Education. CTE programs are generally a three-year sequence of high school elective classes that provide students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in 21st-century careers. CTE prepares students to be college and career ready.
WHAT IS CTE COLLEGE CREDIT?
CTE College Credit gives students the opportunity to earn free college credit in articulated high school CTE programs. Our goal is to increase academic opportunities for high school students to obtain college credit in strategic pathways that lead toward meaningful CSN degrees/certificates or transfer education.
WHICH CTE PROGRAMS QUALIFY FOR COLLEGE CREDIT?
There are over 45 CTE programs offered in high schools throughout Nevada, which have been approved for college credit by local Nevada two-year colleges (CSN, GBC, TMCC, and WNC). Our goal is to increase academic opportunities for high school students to obtain college credit in strategic pathways that lead to meaningful CSN degrees/certificates or transfer education.
For a complete list of the CTE programs that qualify for college credit at CSN click HERE.
To find out what CTE programs at your high school qualify for college credit at CSN click HERE.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
To qualify for CTE College Credit, students must:
1. Enroll in a CTE high school program that is approved for CSN college credit*;
2. Complete the CTE high school program with a 3.0 grade point average;
(Example of CTE Program: Culinary Arts I, Culinary Arts II and Culinary Arts III);
3. Pass the state end-of-program assessment**; and
4. Pass the state workplace readiness skills assessment**. *For an updated list of CTE programs approved for college credit at CSN visit csn.edu/CTE and search for CSN Statewide Articulation Agreements or visit http://cteae.nv.gov for a list of qualifying programs at other Nevada institutions. **Please note that assessments are high school tests and are not administered by the college.
WHAT IS THE COST TO THE STUDENT?
There is no cost to the student for the college credit earned through the program. High school students are taking high school elective classes within CTE programs which may be eligible for college credit. CTE College credit gives Nevada students a potential cost saving of approximately $500 per college course (course registration fees & books).
HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY?
The CTE College Credit application process is available through csn.edu/cte-application. High school students can apply in their junior or senior year if they are enrolled or have completed the third level course (e.g. Culinary Arts III). Students do not need to wait for the assessment results to apply. Eligible students can apply for college credit within three (3) years of their high school graduation.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A STUDENT APPLIES FOR CTE COLLEGE CREDIT?
A student who has met the CTE College Credit eligibility requirements will have the corresponding CSN college credit posted to their permanent CSN record, based on the date they applied. Students who apply by the spring deadline will have their college credit posted by the end of August and students who apply by the fall deadline will have their college credit posted by the end of December. For exact application period dates and deadlines, please see the CTE College Credit Application page
ATTENDING CSN AFTER EARNING CTE COLLEGE CREDIT
Students should meet with a college academic advisor to determine how best to apply the college credits to their educational goals. If the college credit has not been posted to the student’s CSN records at the time of meeting with a college academic advisor, the student should notify them of the anticipated CSN college credit. If the student plans to attend CSN and needs their college credit confirmed in order to register for the subsequent college class, please contact the CTE College Credit Office.
TRANSFERRING CTE COLLEGE CREDIT
If a student plans to attend a college other than CSN, they will need to request official transcripts be sent to their college of choice. An official transcript request should only be submitted after the CTE College Credit is posted to a student’s CSN records. To get more information about obtaining official transcripts please visit TRANSCRIPT INFORMATION.
HOW WILL CTE COLLEGE CREDIT BENEFIT A STUDENT?
CTE College Credit is designed to give high school students a head start on their college pathway and save them money!
• The college credit earned can be used towards completing program requirements within a CSN certificate, associates degree, or may be used as elective or transfer credit.
• The college credit earned is FREE.
Articulated CTE Programs at CSN -This tool identifies the CTE programs approved for college credit, the college credit that will be awarded, and the CSN certificate and/or degree pathway that the college credits lead into.
CTE College Credit Program
303 South Water Street, Suite 200
Henderson, NV 89015
CTE College Credit is funded by the Carl D. Perkins, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century (Perkins V) Act in cooperation with the College of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Department of Education.