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CTE Dual Credit

The Skagit Valley College CTE Dual Credit Consortium serves school districts in Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties. We support career and technical education (CTE) Dual Credit opportunities, which are opportunities for high school students to earn college credits while still in high school. We encourage high school students’ transition into post-secondary education and beyond, by providing them with an early college experience and the ability to earn tuition-free college credit while completing their high school requirements.

How Does CTE Dual Credit Work?

Students enrolled in CTE Dual Credit can earn college credit in high school courses that are formally approved (articulated) by the college. Teachers from high schools and college work together to ensure the high school classes match the learning outcomes of the college-level course.

CTE Dual Credit classes are part of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that connect with a professional/technical certificate or degree offered at the college. These CTE programs lead into career pathways or programs of study at Skagit Valley College representing high-demand, professional careers, from manufacturing to health care to information technology.

Dual credit means students can earn high school AND college credit at the same time, for completing the same course. Students in 9th through 12th grade are eligible for the program and course options vary by high school.

Our school district partners: Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Coupeville, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Northwest Career & Technical Academy, Oak Harbor, Sedro-Woolley and South Whidbey.

Student Steps to CTE Dual Credit

  1. Enroll in a CTE Dual Credit class at your high school.
  2. Register for your course in SERS: during the school year you take the class.
  3. Complete all course competencies (also called learning outcomes).
  4. Earn a “B” grade or higher in the class.


Program Benefits

  • Earn both high school and college credit at the same time.
  • Prepare for college and a career.
  • Maintain your high school experience.
  • Save money! CTE Dual Credit classes are FREE to students.
  • CTE Dual Credit courses may satisfy high school graduation pathway requirements.


Program Considerations

  • Students will start a college transcript through earning CTE Dual Credits and excess credits without purpose could negatively impact a student’s financial aid eligibility.
  • Students should only take college courses that align with their college goals and career pathway.