High School students can earn college credit for the professional technical training while in high school.  Take a class that counts for both high school and college graduation credits. Credits earned in high school can apply towards College of Western Idaho (CWI) professional technical certificates, an associate degree and /or a bachelor’s degree with partnering institutions. Students that earn college credit while in high school have higher college completion rate.

    Benefits

    • You can earn college credit while taking professional technical programs in high school.
    • The credits can apply toward a technical certificate, an associate’s degree and/or a bachelor’s degree.
    • Take one class that counts for both high school and college credit
    • Incentive to continue with education beyond high school
    • Student ID Card. Your ID will provide you access to the CWI Library and Tutoring/Open Computer Labs, including the Writing Center. To obtain your ID, bring a copy of the admission letter you receive from CWI and a picture ID to any One Stop location before 5 p.m. on workdays. Get directions to CWI's locations.
    • Access to CWI Library, including interlibrary loans, and on-line research options.
    • Access to Tutoring and Open Computer Labs, including Writing Center.
    • Student e-mail account. Each CWI student receives a free e-mail account. This e-mail account is yours to use while you are enrolled as a CWI student. If you have questions regarding your student login information and IT accounts, please refer to the Student Quick Reference Guide.
    • Incentive to continue with education beyond high school

    Cost

    • 2014-2015 cost for a technical credit is $19.00
    • There is no application fee
    • Credits must be purchased while still in High School
    • Because the credits are offered at a reduced rate of $19.00 per credit, there are no refunds made to students who do not receive the A or B in the class, or meet the minimum competencies in the class.

    Transferability

    The credits are delivered through its memorandum of understanding with the College of Southern Idaho (CSI).  Credits earned at CWI appear on a CSI transcript and may be transferable to other technical or community colleges within Idaho that offer the program.  Check with the institution about transfer policies.

    Students will need to check with each college they may attend about transferring credits.

    Qualifications

    • Student should be at least 16 years old or have successfully completed at least one-half of the high school graduation requirements as certified by the local school district
    • Student must receive at least a B in the high school course, meet 80% of the college course requirements, and receive teacher recommendation to earn these credits
    • Have an overall GPA of 2.00
    • Be enrolled in the CATEMA system in your high school
    • Have permission of high school representative to verify GPA and prerequisite knowledge
    • Have permission of parent/guardian

    How to Enroll

    STUDENTS MUST REGISTER on the Tech Prep database known as CATEMA (Career And Technology Education Management Application) found at https://www.catema.net/idaho3. See your high school program instructor for help and instructions.

    College of Western Idaho Registration Process
    Registration:

    Requirements:

    • A Student must earn a "B" or an "A" in the high school course and/or meet 80% of the college course requirements, and receive teacher recommendation to earn Tech Prep credits. No refunds are given if you do not meet this requirement.
    • Tech Prep credits must be purchased while the student is still in High School.

    Fees:

    • Each course is assigned a specific number of credits. The cost is $19.00 per credit at CWI. For example, a two credit class will cost $38.00.
    • All fees will be paid via your new CWI student account. Once registered students will receive a letter with detailed account instructions.
    • All fees must be paid by June 5, 2015. Approval is needed to make other payment arrangements.

    Transcripts:

    • Students can obtain their transcripts after grades are posted on CATEMA by logging into their student account on myCWI.
    • Starting about mid-June, a student may request their CWI transcript be sent to the college of their choice by using their MyCWI student account (Teachers will grade and give credit recommendation through CATEMA at the end of the grading period)

    Students will need to check with each college they may attend about transferring credits.

    Match for Your Student

    If your child is:

    • Student should be at least 16 years old or has successfully completed at least one-half of the high school graduation requirements as certified by the local school district
    • has an overall GPA of 2.00 and has the permission of his or her counselor or principal
    • Enrolled in CATEMA at the high school
    • Received at least a B in the high school course, meet 80% of the college course requirements, and receive teacher recommendation to earn these credits

    Your student should purchase the credits if he/ she meet the above criteria.

    Once a student purchases the credits for classes at the College of Western Idaho, regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student. FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a Federal law that applies to education agencies and institutions that receive funding under a program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Parents have no inherent rights to inspect their son’s or daughter’s education records. The right to inspect is limited solely to the student.

    Records may be released to parents only if:

    1. A written consent is provided by the student
    2. Submission of evidence that the parents declare the student as a dependent on their most recent Federal Income Tax return.

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