ISDs, COM expand articulation agreements

Posted on: October 22, 2012

College of the Mainland, working closely with educators from local independent school districts, has expanded its list of degree and certificate programs that accept articulated credit, which allows students who take technical courses in high school to request credit at COM for these courses.
“Articulated credit lets students save time, save tuition and gain job skills,” said Pam Bethscheider, coordinator of Educators Alliance for Articulated Credit.
At the recent annual meeting of 77 teachers from 13 districts, educators added computer information systems to the list of 11 articulated credit programs at COM, including business, health care and child development. Teachers also updated and revised existing curricula in order to ensure that high school and college course requirements are in alignment.
The process ensures that students “will have the correct knowledge to succeed in the next level of college course,” said Bethscheider.
A student who takes an articulated credit class at a local high school must earn a grade of 80 or higher in order to request that COM accept it as college credit.
Articulated credit classes have a number of benefits for students including increased student engagement and an excellent opportunity to learn in-demand skills.
“These students participate in rigorous course work that captures their attention and teaches problem-solving skills. They tend to be more prepared for college-level work and are more likely to complete a postsecondary program,” said Bethscheider.
School districts that were represented include Texas City, Alvin, Santa Fe, Dickinson, Galveston, Hitchcock, La Marque, Angleton, Clear Creek, Danbury, Friendswood, Pearland and Lamar Consolidated.

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COM educators and high school teachers discuss expanded articulation agreements to give students college credit for high school classes. From left, Andrew Gregory, COM assistant professor in drafting, and high school drafting teachers Lindsay Owens, Texas City ISD; Jared Murphy, Lamar CISD–Foster High School; John Bruysschaard, Dickinson; John Troutman, Lamar CISD–Terry High School; Daniel Ruley, Friendswood ISD; and John Presnall, Santa Fe ISD. 

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