High School Partnerships

Youth Apprenticeship

The Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a state-wide initiative funded by the WI Department of Workforce Development for high school juniors and seniors. The program integrates school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills. As youth apprentices, students are enrolled in academic classes to fulfill high school graduation requirements in addition to 2-4 semesters of technical courses, which can be offered at the local high school, worksite or Blackhawk Technical College. The last component of the YA program is a paid work experience in the student’s chosen industry under the guidance of a skilled mentor. Students are encouraged to contact their YA school-based coordinator or the BTC Youth Apprenticeship Specialist at (608) 757-7729 for more information.

High School Articulation

Articulation agreements grant high school students the opportunity to earn technical college credit while enrolled in high school, saving students (and parents) time and money while giving students a head start on their college degree. Articulation provides a smooth transition from high school to postsecondary education without the duplication of coursework.

Blackhawk Technical College and high schools in Rock and Green Counties provide opportunities for high school students to earn college credit through advanced standing or transcripted credit articulation agreements.

High school students receive Blackhawk Technical College credit for high school courses with an advanced standing agreement after enrollment and approval of the student’s final high school transcripts showing the student received a final grade of “B” or better. Credit for the course is entered onto the student’s Blackhawk Technical College transcript.

High school students receive Blackhawk Technical College credit for high school courses with a transcripted credit agreement when the student registers for the credit at the beginning of the course, successfully meets the requirements of the course and receives a final grade of C or better. The student will have a Blackhawk Technical College transcript with college credits and grades before they graduate from high school.

Students are advised to check with their high school counselor or the BTC Early College Specialist at (608) 757-6983 for articulation opportunities in their high school.

Youth Options - College Credit for HS Students

If you are a motivated and academically qualified high school junior or senior, you may be eligible to take technical college credit courses under Youth Options while still in high school. This is a good way to get a head start on earning credit for college, and still earn credits for your high school diploma.

Youth Options eligibility requirements:

·       You must be enrolled at a public high school and have completed 10th grade.

·       You do not have a history of disciplinary problems and are not a "child-at-risk".

·       You are in good academic standing, and meet course entry requirements.

·       You have the written approval of your parent or guardian.

·       You must notify your school district by March 1 for fall enrollment and October 1 for spring enrollment.

Talk to your high school counselor for more information.