Federal Background
  • Tech Prep is a national educational reform that began in 1990 through the Carl D. Perkins vocational and applied Technology Act, a federally funded program
  • Tech Prep was enacted in order to address the needs of high school students in the academic middle
  • Tech Prep was designed as a grade 11 associate degree program, with the option of beginning a technical career or continuing on to a bachelor's degree
  • Tech Prep addresses the need for a high tech workforce in the 21st century
  • Tech Prep was designed to address the needs of students who learn best through challenging hands-on activities rather than lecture bound coursework
State of Ohio Background
  • The state of Ohio began implementing Tech Prep in 1991
  • Consortiums were formed throughout the state and the Lakeland Community College Tech Prep Consortium was formed 1992
  • Each consortium in the state must consist of a relationship with a minimum of one college, Career and Technical Planning District, and with business, industry & labor
  • The Lakeland Community College Tech prep Consortium is affiliated with Lakeland Community College, 4 career and technical planning districts, and 35 high schools.
  • Excellence in Education Award in 1998 by the American Association of Community Colleges; an Exemplary Worksite Learning Award in 2003 by the National Tech Prep Network, and recognized as Organization of the Year in 2004 by the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Tech Prep Advantages
  • Applied academics in math, science, and English lead to success for students who respond to hands-on learning
  • Students can receive college experience and credit while still in high school
  • Team teaching within schools creates an environment of creativity and broadens your professional horizons
  • Cooperation between secondary and post-secondary levels expands the human and material resources available to teachers and students
  • Students have the opportunity to interact with business partners
  • State funding is provided for Tech Prep students


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