Tech Prep College Connections is the Tech Prep consortium that serves school districts in North King and South Snohomish County. We support career and technical education (CTE) DUAL CREDIT opportunities. We encourage high school students transition into postsecondary education and beyond, by providing them with an early college experience and the ability to earn tuition-free college credit while completing their high school requirements. Tech Prep is a federally funded, nationwide education program that has been operating in Washington State since 1993.

How Does Tech Prep Work?

Students enrolled in Tech Prep can earn college credit in high school courses that are formally aligned – articulated – with college courses. Teachers from high schools and colleges work together to ensure the high school classes match the course competencies of the college-level course.

Most of the ‘Tech Prep’ high school classes articulated are part of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and they connect with a professional/technical certificate or degree. These CTE programs lead into career pathways or programs of study at our local community and technical colleges representing high-demand, high-level professions, from construction to health care to information technology.

Tech Prep is a dual credit program, which means you earn high school AND college credit for completing the same course. Typically, a student begins his or her Tech Prep program of study in 9th grade, and can link two or more years of high school with at least two years of college.

Contact Us

Staff

Tanya Rettinger
Director
(425) 564-2774
tanya.rettinger@bellevuecollege.edu

Amy West
Program Specialist V
(425) 564-6158
amy.west@bellevuecollege.edu

FAX: (425)564-4121

Located at

Bellevue College - Room N-215E 3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007

College Coordinators

Amy West
Bellevue College
amy.west@bellevuecollege.edu (425) 564-6158

Erik Tingelstad
Cascadia Community College
etingelstad@cascadia.edu
(425) 352-8277

Kim Infinger
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
kim.infinger@lwtech.edu
(425) 739-8274

Savena Garrett
Shoreline Community College
sgarrett@shoreline.edu
(206)546-7852

Tech Prep Benefits

For Students

You can explore a career and earn college credits while you’re still in high school.

Jumpstart an industry certification and/or a college degree right now, while you are still in high school and set you apart with employers!

You learn challenging material in a fun, hands-on way.

You can qualify for scholarships, apprenticeships and internships and gain valuable work experience.

Prepare for high-skill, high-demand careers that provide living-wage incomes!

For Parents

Your student will have educational choices based on interest and ability.

Your son/daughter’s college prep Career and Technical Education classes are taught with a realistic and hands on approach.

Your son/daughter’s curriculum is rigorous and engaging.

Your son/daughter can earn college credits in high school and qualify for scholarships—saving time and money.

College Partners

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Contact Us

Tech Prep College Connections
Bellevue College M/S N-215
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484

Phone: (425) 564-6158
Email: techprep@bellevuecollege.edu

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Testimonial

"The last several years I have been fortunate to have Tech Prep at my high school. All of these classes most definitely helped me in my career choice, but also helped me gain credit in college before actually going to college.

I'm starting Bellevue Community College with over 12 credits, which helped me financially, plus I have the opportunity to graduate earlier than my peers. Thank you Tech Prep!

Tyler Henselman
College Student

Testimonial

"I have had three sons take advantage of the Tech Prep program. The credits they have received have given them some breathing room in their freshman schedule and saved me a substantial amount of money...it is a wonderful program that I would encourage everyone to take advantage of."

Robin Stearns
Parent

"Tech Prep courses not only saved me thousands of dollars but also prepared me for college level courses while allowing me to take classes on campus and stay involved in my high school."

Katie Underwood
Central Washington University Graduate