Earn College Credit while in High School with the ATC Program
Part 1: Introduction
Are you a high school student? Are you interested
in majoring in one of the following
areas at a community or junior college?
Other technical areas
The Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) Program can hel
p you earn college credit for
these majors while still in high school.
Students can earn college credit by taking ATC cour
ses while in high school. An ATC
course is an enhanced version of a normal high scho
ol course, taught by a teacher who
has had special training.
Part 2: How to Get Started
To get started, ask your counselor if your high school offers ATC courses. If they do,
select ATC courses that will apply towards the college major you are interested in as
part of you high school graduation plan. If you take the ATC course as a junior or senior
and earn a grade of 80 (3.0) or better, the ATC course may also be counted as an
advanced measure for the Distinguished Achievement graduation plan (DAP).
To qualify for college credit through the ATC Program, you will need to do the following
while in high school:
• Enroll in an ATC course in high school.
o Course abbreviations end in –TP.
o Courses on your high school transcript may also be noted with the letter A.
• Complete the course as a junior or senior with a minimum grade of 80 (B or
• Freshmen and sophomores must take additional ATC courses as a junior or
senior to qualify for college credit.
• If there are prerequisites for the ATC course, you must make a minimum grade of
80 in each required course.
Part 3: How to Receive Your College Credit
To receive college credit for the ATC courses you took during high school you need to
do the following:
• Enroll in a participating college within 15 months of graduation.
• Take a copy of your high school transcript to the college when you enroll and tell
the college admissions staff that you took high school courses that may count for
college credit. You should then complete a petition for credit form.
• Ask the college staff to help you identify the college courses that are equivalent
to the ATC courses you took in high school. The college can only award you
credit for courses that they offer.
• Select a college technical certificate or degree plan that includes one or more of
• Some colleges may delay the awarding of your credit until you have completed
six hours of college credit – check with the college to see what is required. AP
and/or CLEP tests may apply towards the six required hours.
• You will not be charged tuition and fees to receive this credit; however, the
college may charge you a small administrative fee to post the credit to your
• Finally, check with the college registrar to make sure your credit is posted to your
For more information about the Advanced Technical Credit Program, please visit our
website at www.atctexas.org, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.