College Credit - Direct Credit and Articulation

Careerline Tech Center students have the opportunity to earn college credit upon successful completion of our programs through direct credit and articulation agreements with area colleges and universities.

What is Direct Credit and Articulated Credit?
Direct credit is actual credit that can be earned through our partners, Lake Michigan College or Muskegon Community College. Students enroll as college students while they are in a Tech Center program (they are already learning the curriculum in their class, there is no extra work involved), and receive a transcript for college credit that can be transferred to most college and universities in Michigan.

Articulated credit is waived through an agreement between the Tech Center and a specific college/university. Students receive waivers for credit earned at the Tech Center. Articulated credit usually does not transfer between college and universities.

What are the Costs of Direct Credit and Articulated Credit?
Students are charged a significantly reduced tuition of $65.50 per college credit hour, a $3.00 class registration fee and a $2.00 student fee for direct credit through Lake Michigan College. Muskegon Community College tuition is $35.00 per credit hour.

There is no charge for articulated credit.

What are the Benefits of Direct Credit and Articulated Credit?
For students, direct credit is a head start towards a college credit for Tech Center classes taken during high school. For parents, early college credit lowers the overall cost of college and gives students an incentive to do well in their Tech Center classes.

Can Direct Credit and Articulated Credit be Transferred?
Direct credit is granted on an actual college transcript and the credit follows the student.

The transfer of articulated credit from one college to another is usually not allowed.

What is the Process to Receive Direct Credit and Articulated Credit?
At the beginning of each trimester a presentation is given to all programs who have Direct Credit available. Students are given an application to fill out if they are interested in earning college credit while in high school. Students will need to provide their ACT, SAT, or MME scores for certain college classes, if these scores do not meet the minimum requirement (or if the student has not taken either of these tests) students can take the Accuplacer test at Careerline Tech Center at no cost. Students and parents may wish to visit for a list of Lake Michigan College and Muskegon Community College classes and the credit equivalencies at various colleges and universities throughout Michigan. The amount of credit available is different for each CTC program and can be found on the program pages of our website.

Students apply for articulated credit towards the end of their senior year by filling out an articulation form and turning it in to the College & Career Services Office. Students need an average of a "B" or above in their Tech Center class to be eligible for articulation.

PDF DocumentDirect Credit with Muskegon Community College

PDF DocumentMuskegon Community College Registration Form

PDF DocumentMuskegon Community College Online Instructions

PDF DocumentLake Michigan College Registration Form

Word DocumentDirect Credit with Lake Michigan College

PDF DocumentDirections for LMC Registration Form

PDF DocumentWavelink - Student Instructions

 External Link   Transcript Request Form - link will bring you to LMC's website where you will find a link to download their transcript request form or fill it out online

For Direct Credit and/or Articulation information contact:
Melissa Bultema
Direct Credit/Articulation Specialist
(616)738-8950 x4204