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What is Tech Prep?

Tech Prep is a partnership between Grays Harbor College and local high schools, providing high school students with the opportunity to enhance their futures. It is an in-the-high-school vocational-technical initiative, combining high school and college classes into a unified course of study, giving high school students a solid start in earning a community college certificate or degree.


Tech Prep guides high school students in their exploration of a career requiring the development of related academic skills in mathematics, communication, science, and technology. It doesn't lock the student into a particular occupation nor does it prohibit a student from deciding to go on to a four-year college or university. It does give the student a starting point toward a viable career goal.


Who can participate?

Tech Prep courses are open to high school students in grades 9-12 who wish to complete skill-based, college-level courses while attending high school. These courses allow high school students to explore career opportunities and areas of interest while establishing an official college transcript.


Why take Tech Prep classes?

*  Tech Prep students complete courses that help to prepare them for career opportunities beyond high school.

*  Tech Prep students learn what they need to know and do to be productive in the world of work.

*  Tech Prep students save time and tuition dollars by getting a head start on fulfilling college degree or certificate requirements.

*  Tech Prep students may be able to bypass entry-level college courses when they enroll in a community college.


Where are classes taught and how does it work?

Tech Prep classes are taught in local high schools by qualified high school instructors. Any high school student may take a Tech Prep course, but only those who successfully complete the designated Tech Prep courses with a "B" (3.0) or better, may earn college credit.  Register on-line at for the appropriate class and teacher. Once you have completed all components, your instructor will notify the college to transcript your credit. This results in a college transcript for each Tech Prep student, listing courses and grades. When Tech Prep students enroll at Grays Harbor College after high school graduation, they find that they already have some college credit waiting for them!