Open-entry, self-paced programs: Students may enroll at any time, except college holidays, and start class almost immediately. Upon completion of the class, students may sign up for the next class--no waiting for the next semester. Students are allowed breaks between the completion of one class and the beginning of the next class. This does not apply to VA students who must maintain continuous enrollment. Students must begin the registration process for the self-paced programs by seeing a Skills Center counselor in Bldg. 118, room 4.
Clock hour program: Each class has a set number of clock hours allotted to it. These hours are the maximum allowable time the student has to complete the class. The classes are divided into a number of modules with each module broken down by hour to ensure timely course completion. It is within these individual modules you learn the competencies or tasks (skills) for the course. If you have prior experience or are a fast learner, you may not use all of the time allotted. You simply move on at your own pace. Typically, students finish courses early and proceed to the next course. There is no hard-and-fast rule about how long it takes to complete a program--it is up to you--you set the pace.
Satisfactory progress and grading system: Self-paced programs consist of a series of modules containing certain tasks which must be satisfactorily completed to meet industry standards. Each module has a written exam and a hands-on performance exam. The performance exam is graded "Go" (meets industry standards) or "No-Go" (failed to meet industry standards). The student must pass both the written and the hands-on performance exam before proceeding to the next module. An overall grade of "Pass (P)" or "Fail (N)" is normally awarded upon completion of the class.
Attendance requirements: Class attendance is mandatory for all courses at CTC. For self-paced programs, the student selects the days and times which best accommodates their schedules. This schedule must allow for the class to be completed within the allotted time. For students receiving VA assistance, there are a specific number of hours the student must attend. Once the schedule is determined, it becomes a contract between the student and the college.
Evaluated credit: Evaluated credit may be granted for training received from an accredited technical school provided the training applies to the enrolled program, occurred within the last five years and is accepted by CTC. A transcript from the college is required before credit can be awarded by the department chairperson.
Articulated credit: CTC has Tech Prep and 2+2 articulation agreements with numerous high schools. These programs allow students to receive credit for classes taken while in high school. During the registration process, students should have checked with their school counselors about these programs and should make the Skill Center counselor aware if their high school has an articulation agreement with CTC. This will ensure the student receives the appropriate articulated course credit.
Tools and equipment: Most tools and equipment for all Industrial Technology courses are furnished; however, there are some tools that must be purchased. For example, welding students will have to purchase welding goggles/helmet, leather gloves, pliers and tip cleaners.