The Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) Program provides a pathway for high school students to begin earning college credit toward a certificate or degree.

Enroll in ATC courses in high school to earn college credit

Students in grades 9-12 in public high schools in Texas can begin earning college credit toward a certificate or degree by enrolling in ATC courses. Reach out to your school CTE director or counselor to find out if your school offers ATC courses.

To qualify for college credit through the ATC Program while still in high school:

  • Select ATC courses that align with your college degree goals as part of your high school graduation plan.
  • Complete ATC courses as a junior or senior to receive college credit. A college may elect to award credit for a course taken in grades 9 and 10, but the final course in the sequence must be taken in grades 11 or 12.
  • Earn an 80% or better in each course in an ATC-designated course sequence, including the ATC course and its prerequisite courses, to earn college credit.
  • ATC courses will be designated with the letter “A” to denote “articulated credit” on your high school transcript.
  • Ask your CTE director or counselor about earning a performance acknowledgement for all ATC courses completed with a minimum grade of 80%. A performance acknowledgement on your diploma and transcript recognizes outstanding performance in a dual-credit course; on a college advanced placement test or IB exam; on the PSAT, ACT-Plan, SAT, ACT; for earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license; or for bilingualism and biliteracy.

Receive college credit for ATC courses completed in high school

To receive college credit for the ATC courses taken during high school:

  • Enroll in a participating community and technical college within 15 months of graduation.
    ATC Participating Two-Year Colleges
  • Bring a copy of your high school transcript and a Petition for Award of Advanced Technical Credit when you enroll in college.
    Petition for Award of Advanced Technical Credit
  • Ask college staff to help identify courses at the college that are equivalent to the ATC courses on your transcript.
  • Ask college staff about any additional requirements for ATC credit to be awarded. Some schools award ATC credit after you complete additional hours of college credit. Other colleges award ATC credit upon enrollment.
  • Select a college technical certificate or degree program that includes one or more ATC courses on your transcript.
    ATC courses available at Texas community colleges per THECB course listing
  • Check with the college registrar to make sure your credit is posted to your college transcript. You will not be charged tuition and fees to receive this credit, but the college may charge you a small administrative fee to post the credit to your transcript.