NC Tech Prep Articulation Agreement Update Instructions

NC Tech Prep Articulation Agreement Update Instructions

Updating the Articulation Agreement

The North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement aligns high school and community college courses in articulated pathway programs.

In this phase of updating the Articulation Agreement, the chief instructional officer at each community college will oversee the review of the alignment of courses and report their consortium’s recommendations to the state.


The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 requires that College Tech Prep programs be carried out under an articulation agreement between high schools and community colleges. The purpose of this agreement is to reduce the duplication of instruction, to facilitate the seamless transition of students from secondary to postsecondary education in career pathways, and to more fully engage students in two years of postsecondary education leading to a degree and or certification.

Since 1999 the North Carolina High School to Community College Articulation Agreement has outlined such a plan between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). The agreement was updated in 2005, and it is now time to update and renew this agreement again.


Components of the Agreement include: (1) the criteria to award college credit, (2) the identification and alignment of courses to be articulated, and (3) the process to document, evaluate, and award credit.

Criteria to award college credit

A curriculum review team met in December 2010 to determine the criteria for the award of credit. After discussions including presentations from consultants, local consortia, and state staff the committee learned that the raw scores reported for the CTE standardized post assessment have been replaced by scale scores. The current Articulation Agreement uses the raw score as one of the criteria for awarding credit.

Dr. Lorin W. Anderson presented information about the curriculum reform efforts with NCDPI and CTE and the impact of the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy on curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Dr. Anderson recommended that a scale score of 93 be used in place of the raw score of 80. This recommendation was accepted by the committee and later reviewed with the Community College System Vice President of Academic and Student Services. It was further reviewed with the Community College System testing and evaluation team who indicated the procedures appeared sound.

The department will use a grade of “B” and a post assessment test score of 93 as the criteria to award credit. This applies to classes that start after June 1, 2011, and does not apply to high school classes that started prior to that date.

Identification and Alignment of courses to be articulated

Curriculum committees composed of DPI State Staff and NCCCS State Staff have reviewed the old agreement as well as the existing agreement and have proposed new courses to add to the state agreement.

The next process will be the faculty review. Based on reductions and restrictions in travel and the time involved in this process, a team of chief instructional officers along with their presidents have recommended a local review of these courses. This will provide an opportunity for local consortia consisting of community colleges and school districts in their service area to review the courses suggested for articulation and have their faculties review and recommend appropriate secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education courses for match.


Please click the link for the corresponding high school course description (which also includes, in most cases, the course blueprint) and high school course description. Then look at your course description and your own course syllabus. Next, determine if there is a match between the courses and to what percentage is the match. Finally, download the local review sheet, save a copy on your computer for each of your courses, save the local review sheet with the name of your course, and send the document to Rick Lewis via GroupWise email by May 16. He has to tally all of the results from Sandhills and Moore County Schools, prepare the final recommendations from Sandhills, and send that report to the System Office by May 20.

Articulation Item Program Area High School Course(s) College Course(s)
11 Agricultural Education 6882 Horticulture II – Landscaping HOR 114 OR LSG 111
12 Agricultural Education 6843 Horticulture II – Turf Grass TRF 110
19 Business and Information Technology Education 6415 e-Commerce I WEB 110 OR WEB 115 OR ECM 168
20 Business and Information Technology Education 6416 e-Commerce II ECM 210 OR WEB 210
21 Business and Information Technology Education 6419 Microsoft Excel, Access CIS 111 OR OST 137 OR DBA 110
22 Business and Information Technology Education 6417 Microsoft Word, Power Point, Publisher CIS 111 OR OST 136 OR OST 137
23 Business and Information Technology Education 6412 Multimedia and Webpage Design WEB 110 OR WEB 120
29 Business and Information Technology Education 7086 Personal Finance BUS 125
34 Family and Consumer Science Education 7045 Foods I AND

7046 Foods II Enterprise

CUL 112
38 Family and Consumer Science Education XXX4 Introduction to Culinary ArtsAND

7121 Culinary Arts and Hospitality I AND

7122 Culinary Arts and Hospitality II

41 Health Occupations Education 7240 Health Science I MED 121 AND MED 122
43 Health Occupations Education NA7280 Nursing Fundamentals NAS 101
47 Marketing Education 6621 Marketing MKT 120
48 Marketing Education 6622 Marketing Management MKT 120
50 Trade and Industrial Education 7936 Advanced Digital Media DME 115 OR DME 120
51 Trade and Industrial Education XX21 Auto Brakes I AND

XX22 Auto Brakes II

AUT 151
52 Trade and Industrial Education 7511 Auto Service Technology I AUT 110
53 Trade and Industrial Education XX23 Automotive Electrical I AND

XX24 Automotive Electrical II

AUT 161
54 Trade and Industrial Education 7512 Automotive Service II AND

7513 Automotive Service III

AUT 151 AND AUT 161
62 Trade and Industrial Education 7935 Digital Media DME 110