Benefits of Articulation

Articulation means that coursework taken by students in high school or a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) is recognized by postsecondary institutions. This agreement is completed through a collaborative process between high school/ROP teachers and community college faculty aligning courses and programs. Course work is streamlined and academic standards are designed, reviewed, and implemented to eliminate the duplication of skills and student learning outcomes and to speed the completion of a certificate or degree from a postsecondary institution. Articulation is student-focused and is good for everyone.

Articulation provides for linking of high school courses to community college courses, allowing you to take articulated high school classes at your high school and earn college credit for those courses. This saves time and provides a jump start to the college experience. Best of all, since these are high school/ROP courses that you are taking at no cost, you save money on tuition and books.

Benefits for Students 

  • Save money on tuition, fees, and books as well as time
  • Accelerate progress to achieve your career goals
  • Reduce duplication of instruction and boredom on non-challenging classes
  • Create opportunities for higher level learning and advanced training
  • Improve career readiness focus and skills building
  • Improve or increase job placement opportunities and activities (i.e., co-op)
  • Earn college credit in high school
  • Become motivated and confident to continue post-secondary education

Benefits for Educators

  • Promote curriculum alignment, relevance, and integration
  • Facilitate communication among education institutions, including faculty and administrators at both levels
  • Reduce duplication of instruction 
  • Expand program content and specializations
  • Enhance public image and relations
  • Assist with recruitment at all levels
  • Create a more unified and organized educational system

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"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."
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Last Modified May 2, 2014