Applied Science
Academic programs that focus on applying scientific knowledge to practical problems rather than theory-based learning.
The way in which different parts are joined together. Articulation generally refers to the process used by high school and college educators to articulate their programs, i.e., aligning curriculum, eliminating duplication of coursework to create a seamless transition from high school to college, and often providing college credit to high school students who complete the college requirements.
Articulation agreement
The written, signed agreement between the high school and colleges that defines the process and requirements for seamless movement of students between the institutions’ programs.
Articulated course
An approved career and technical education program (i.e., a coherent sequence of courses that provide instruction in Level I-III competencies) at the high school level that is aligned with a corresponding program at the college level through a signed articulation agreement. College credit is often available to high school students enrolled in such a program.
Articulated program
An advanced-level course offered in high school that is part of an articulated program. Generally an articulated course may be one that offers college credit to high school students who meet the requirements set forth in the articulation agreement.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
The Associate of Applied Science degree (60-75 credits) is for the student who is preparing for entry level employment in a career-oriented program of study or upgrading in a specific occupation. This degree is not intended for transfer; however, courses are considered for transfer on an individual basis by the receiving four-year college or university.
Career Pathways
A series of 16 broad categories that encompass the majority of enterprises found in the Texas economy:

  • Agricultural, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business, Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Sales & Service
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

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Career and Technical Education
Organized educational activities delivered in a sequence of courses. The courses provide individuals with academic and technical knowledge and skills. The goal is to prepare individuals for further education and/or for careers in current or emerging employment sectors. All programs include applied competency-based academic knowledge, higher-reasoning and problem solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupational-specific skills.

Career and technical education prepares students for successful entry into a variety of careers through these coherent sequence of courses that feature provide students with practical applications of academic and technical knowledge and skills. CTE programs integrate academics into the occupational curriculum, along with specific skill training and work-based learning. Not only do students learn workplace skills for success in specific occupations, they also apply the math, English, and science skills they are learning in other courses to solve real-life problems and complete industry projects. For more information, visit the Career and Technical Education.

Acronym for the Career and Technology Education Management Application, a web application that manages ACCTech Program information relating to courses, classes, school districts, high schools, teachers, counselors, college registrars, college advisors, and students. The web-based interface allows students, teachers, counselors, and school administrators establish and maintain their own user accounts. Teacher recommendations for credit are available to college counselors and registrars.Credit in escrowCollege credit earned and held for later application after entering college. Following validation of high school graduation, credits may be applied to an associate degree, a workforce/technical certificate, or transferred to another college.
Dual credit
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board defines dual credit as a process by which a high school junior or senior enrolls in a college course and receives simultaneous academic credit for the course from both the college and the high school.
A copy of a student’s permanent academic record maintained by high schools and college.
Workforce certificate
Community college awards presented to persons who have completed a specialized course of study that is related to specific workforce/technical skills. The workforce certificate is proof that the individual has been exposed to information that is vital to the performance of tasks associated with certain professions or jobs, and has assimilated that information to the satisfaction of the institution that issued the certificates.
Workforce degreeSee Associate of Applied Science (AAS).

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