Thanks to a partnership with Lower Columbia College, Ridgefield High School students interested in welding can simultaneously earn both high school and college credits. The Career, College and Technical Education (CCTE) Dual Credit welding program is designed to guide local students into high-skill, high-wage careers with local industries, all without having to leave the RHS campus or complete additional coursework.
To successfully complete the program, students must enroll in welding courses at RHS, apply to LCC, and pass the welding course sequence with a grade of ‘B’ or better. In addition to earning both high school and college credits, students who successfully complete the program will also receive a welding certification.
"CCTE classes help prepare students for life beyond high school,” said Tiffany Gould, Ridgefield School District’s Director of CCTE. “Regardless of whether they’re planning to continue their education at a college or technical school, or to enter the workforce right out of high school, these classes provide Ridgefield students with the skills required to be successful.”
Dual credit applies to CCTE courses, which then transfer to college programs. Once a student finishes high school, they can apply their credits to one of Lower Columbia College's professional-technical programs. Credits earned at LCC can be transferred to any two-year institution or community college in Washington, as well as some four-year colleges.
Students interested in pursuing the welding dual credit program should:
- Talk to their high school counselor to learn about eligibility and necessary steps
- Enroll in welding classes at your high school and apply to LCC
- Earn a ‘B’ or better grade in the welding course sequence
Research has shown that dual credit programs (also known as dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment) that allow students to earn college and high school credits while still in high school increase the likelihood they will not only graduate high school, but also increases the likelihood that they will attend college and earn a postsecondary degree or certificate.
Every February, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) community celebrates CTE Month to raise awareness of the role that CTE has in preparing learners for college and career success. No matter the subject, the goal of CTE courses is to provide students with skills that can translate to job opportunities.