Competency-based, open-entry 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 competency based programs by seeing a Career and Technology advisor in Sid M. Wieser CATE Center (Bldg. 253W, room 20).

Clock hour program: Each class has a set number of allotted clock hours. 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: Competency-based 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 student must pass both the written and the hands-on performance exam before proceeding to the next module.

Attendance requirements: Class attendance is mandatory for all courses at CTC. For competency-based 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.

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.