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The Career Connections program (formerly Career Pathways) at St. Petersburg College offers several ways to receive
free college credit for programs you take at other institutions or through industry certifications.
Meet with a high school guidance counselor, career and technical education instructor or technical center staff to identify program of interest and appropriate coursework.
Complete the selected career and technical education program with the necessary grade point average. A student must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better in the selected program and an overall unweighted GPA of 2.5 or better, to qualify for FREE credit.
If your unweighted GPA is at least 3.0, SPC’s dual enrollment program offers you the opportunity to receive additional FREE credits toward your degree.
Complete the SPC application process and become degree seeking in the aligned degree/certificate program. This must occur within the designated time frame after graduating from the high school or technical center program. For the majority of articulating programs, a student must enroll at SPC within two to three years of graduating from high school or a technical center to receive the FREE college credit.
Articulated credit may only be applied to an Associate of Science degree or Certificate program. The one exception is articulated credit earned for computer literacy programs (Computing for College & Careers, Introduction to Information Technology, Microsoft Office Specialist). Computer literacy credits may also be applied to Associate of Arts degrees at SPC.
You can receive credit for both career and technical education programs and for computer literacy programs. Complete our Request for Free College Credit online form for each qualifying program.
SPC will process your request and record a grade of “P” (Pass) on your student transcript for all earned FREE credit, based upon the details of the signed Articulations Agreement.
Articulations may have stipulations aside from the major requirement that the student be degree seeking in the aligned A.S. or Certificate program and have applied for the articulated credit within the specified time frame. Some articulations require copies of credentials, proof of competency in the articulation area to our program standards or completion of a certain number of credits in the program prior to awarding the articulated credit. See each articulation agreement for exact details.
Please contact the Career and Technical Education Coordinator at 727-341-3198 with any questions you may have on this process.
It's never too early to think about career choices. Check out the
following sources for salaries, job market and other information that
can help you make educated decisions about your future.
Exploring Career Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsThis site walks you through career choices based on your
favorite school subject or activity and includes information about the
type of work, education needed, salary, job outlook and related jobs.
Career One Stop - U.S. Department of LaborThis site helps you identify your interests, explore careers, get work experience and find education options.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
U.S. Department of Labor's annual occupational outlooks.
What People Are Asking
Maintained by Florida's Agency for Workforce Development, this site
gives beginning, average, and experienced salaries for hundreds of
occupations, as well as information about which jobs are in demand.
My Career ShinesPlan your future with MyCareerShines from the Florida Department of Education
This site, a partnership with the Florida's workforce boards, provides specific information for youth under Resources.
What kind of Career and Technical Education program have you completed?
Tampa Bay Career Pathways Consortium
Did you complete a career or technical
program in Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota or
Manatee counties? Do you want to attend St. Petersburg College?
SPC is a
member of the Tampa Bay Career Pathways Consortium,
a partnership between certain secondary and postsecondary schools in
the Tampa Bay metro area with career pathways between high school,
career center and state college programs.
What is the Career Connections program?
Career Connections is part of the nationwide Career Pathways program designed to provide high school or adult post-secondary students a head-start toward a college degree or certificate. Career Connections is a rigorous technical and academic curriculum that includes:
What is an articulation agreement?
An articulation agreement is a signed document between schools that indicates the specific responsibilities and parameters in which courses completed at one school will be accepted for credit at the second school.
Who has articulation agreements with St. Petersburg College?
St Petersburg College has articulation agreements with:
What else can I earn college credit for?Through Career Connections, you can earn college credit at SPC for industry certifications and Post Secondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) programs at other educational institutions in Florida.
You can also earn credit in other ways, like testing and prior military experience. Get more details on earning alternative credit.
You can apply free credits to the following SPC programs, plus some of Certificates embedded in these programs:
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