Communiqué by Pat Bubb, Interim Director
Posted: April 26, 2019

INFORMATION SHEET
Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) Program

Jarrad Toussant, Deputy Director, College, Career, and Military Preparation, Texas Education Agency, had been scheduled to be with us for the April 24 meeting of the Regional P-16 Council and Regional Counselors’ Network.  Regrettably, Mr. Toussant was called to another meeting and is unable to be with us today.  Mr. Toussant shared a copy of this communication that TEA sent to the field in Summer 2018:

Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) Program

Due to limited data supporting the transference of credit across postsecondary institutions throughout Texas, TEA will be retiring the Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) Program over the next four years.  The TEA’s intent is to closely examine multiple options for high school students to earn college credit for career and technical education courses and to move forward in the coming years supporting options that benefit the greatest numbers of students.  Local articulation agreements between colleges and school districts continue to be encouraged.

The final opportunity for teachers to be ATC certified will be 2018. Teachers have until Monday, August 13, 2018, to complete all required steps toward ATC certification.

High school students may participate in ATC-eligible courses during the 2018–19 school year and may petition their colleges for articulated credit through September 2023.

Requests to validate eligible courses, approved teachers and/or other program materials may be made through the ATC website (www.atctexas.org), through August 31.  After this date any request for information should be sent to cte@tea.texas.gov.

Impact on Programs in the Rio Grande Valley

Thee change in ATC will impact many programs in the Rio Grande Valley, including (but not necessarily limited to) these programs managed or facilitated by RGV LEAD:

RGV LEAD plans to host a focus group at 10 a.m. on May 20, 2019, to discuss changes to the programs named above.  If you would like to participate in that meeting, please complete the registration form and submit via email to RGV LEAD.  The meeting will be in Conference Room 145 Service Support Center, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen.