HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS & PARENTS
Did you know that you can take courses at a technology center to gain skills while earning college credit?
Why apply for college credit?
The Cooperative Alliance program allows qualified high school (or home-schooled) students like you to literally be in two places at once. You can complete your high school studies while earning college credit toward an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree by successfully completing courses at technology centers and colleges in Oklahoma. Employers in many fields say an A.A.S. degree shows that potential employees are well-trained and have in-depth knowledge in their fields.
A.A.S. courses, taught at technology centers, have been evaluated by higher education faculty and administrators and determined to qualify for college credit.
What is an A.A.S. degree?
The A.A.S. is a two-year degree awarded by an Oklahoma public college or university. It is designed for students who are interested in employment in a specific career. The technical college courses are specific to the A.A.S. degree and are not intended to transfer to Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. However, some credit may apply to a specific Bachelor of Technology degree.
You should speak with your guidance counselor or adviser if you have any questions about career plans and appropriate college degrees.
What does it cost?
To cover campus-based academic and administrative services, an $8 per credit hour fee is charged by the college or university that is granting the college credit.
What are the benefits of taking classes through Cooperative Alliance?
- With free college tuition and fees of only $8 per college credit hour, Cooperative Alliance classes are a great value.
- It’s an easy transition from your technology center to college and then to a great career.
- Avoid course duplication from your technology center to college.
- Graduate faster and earn a higher salary.
What is the value in a college degree?
Studies show that people with more education earn higher incomes. After one year of employment, A.A.S. graduates earned more than $33,000 per year,1 while those with only a high school diploma earned $24,403 per year.2
How do I enroll?
When you enroll in a Cooperative Alliance course at a technology center, you become a college student, so you will go through the college admissions process.
To enroll in the Cooperative Alliance program, you must be a high school junior or senior or be at least 16 years old and receiving high school-level instruction at home. You must also have a high school GPA of 2.5 OR an official transcript OR a PLAN score of 15 OR an ACT score of 19.
Grades earned while taking college credit courses become a part of your permanent transcript, and you must maintain a 2.0 GPA in your college-level courses to remain in good standing and maintain eligibility.
You must also complete an admissions application, have a signed “Parental / Guardian Consent Letter” and a signed “Student Statement of Understanding.”
To get the process started, speak with your high school guidance counselor or a technology center’s Cooperative Alliance coordinator.
So, which colleges and universities partner with which technology centers?
Through the Cooperative Alliance program, all 29 career technology centers in Oklahoma participate as partners with 18 colleges and universities throughout the state.
1Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Employment Outcomes Report, September 2008
2U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-07 American Community Survey