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9th Grade: Explore and Prepare


  • Listen carefuly when CCCTC counselors do their presentation at your school
  • Come to the CCCTC 9th Grade tour in February  (map)
  • Look at the  CCCTC website for information about skills you will learn, what it takes, ECP's,  career possibilities, and lots more
  • Talk to your counselor

2. GRADES and ATTENDANCE:  Start early in ninth grade to work hard and get good grades and attendance.  Some of our programs are highly competitive because of the number of students that apply AND the limited number of seats.

  • Make sure you are trying hard to have good attendance
  • Challenge yourself to take the highest level classes in which you can find success
  • Grades count starting in 9th grade so make sure you try hard by doing such things as studying at home, completing and turning in homework, and participating in classes.
  • Plan a schedule for high school with your parents and counselor that gives you the classes necessary to prepare you for the Career and Tech. (see the CCPS program of studies)

3. RIGOR OF CLASS SCHEDULE:  Several of our programs are AP/Transcripted Level courses.  Students planning on applying to these programs are greatly encouraged to challenge themselves with honors level classes to prepare them for the rigor of these classes:

  • Nursing  (Academy of Health)
  • Biomedical Science
  • CISCO Cybersecurity
  • CISCO Cyber Ops
  • Criminal Justice
  • Engineering
  • Geographic Information Systems  Technology (GIST)
  • Interactive Media Production
  • Physical Rehabilitation (Academy of Health)
  • Teacher Academy

4.  PREREQUISIES: Several of our programs require prerequisites.  Please see the program of studies or contact a School Counselor to make sure you are track to complete the prerequisites.

5.  Check out "Abilities/Qualities" on each program page to better understand how to prepare for a particular program.

Selecting a CCCTC Program

1. Occupational Outlook Handbook or ONET

2. Informal Interest Survey


Definitions of Articulated and Transcripted Levels

Articulated Credit Courses – Students may receive college credit for these courses as a part of a completer program. These credits, that do not transfer to other post and secondary institutions, are awarded under the terms of an agreement made with a specific postsecondary institution.

Transcripted Credit Courses – Students may earn college credits by taking these courses and successfully completing the corresponding competency tests. Credit is documented on an official transcript from the specific postsecondary institution that awarded the credit. These credits may transfer to other postsecondary institutions.