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  • Free college credit opportunities

    The Career Pathways program at St. Petersburg College offers several ways to receive free college credit for programs you take at other institutions or through industry certifications.

  • Articulation Application Process for high school and career and technical education students

    Step 1
    Meet with a high school guidance counselor, career and technical education instructor or technical center staff to identify program of interest and appropriate coursework.

    Step 2
    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.

    Step 3
    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.

    Step 4
    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.

    Step 5
    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.

    Note: 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 us with any questions you may have on this process. View a list of high school career and technical education programs that may offer you FREE college credit, or view a list of high schools that offer one or more of these programs.

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    Exploring Career Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    This 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 Labor
    This 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.

    Choices Planner - Florida Department of Education
    Free to all Florida residents, this site includes an interest inventory, values profiler, career and school search, portfolio section and more. By creating a free account, your information is stored on the site's server for future use.

    Employ Florida
    This site, a partnership with the Florida's workforce boards, provides specific information for youth under Resources.

  • Where did you earn your Career and Technical Education credits?

    Tampa Bay Career Pathways Consortium 

    Tampa Bay Career Pathways ConsortiumDid 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.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the Career Pathways program?
    Career Pathways is a nationwide program designed to provide high school or adult post-secondary students a head-start toward a college degree or certificate. Career Pathways is a rigorous technical and academic curriculum that includes:

    • 4 years of high school (with focus on a specific career area) and/or
    • 1-2 years of technical school
    • An Associate of Science Degree or Technical Certification that prepares them to enter the workforce upon graduation or in many cases to continue to a Bachelor's degree program.

    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:

    • Pinellas County high schools
    • Technical schools

    What else can I earn college credit for?
    Through Career Pathways, 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.  

  • To receive credit for a specific training program and/or the Computer Literacy credit

    1. Complete a career, technical or academy program at your high school or technical college and/or Computing for College & Careers or Intro to Information Technology. You can earn credit for both of these.
    2. Apply online to SPC 
    3. Complete our online SPC Request for Credit form.

    To receive credit for industry certifications

    1. Earn your industry certification
    2. Contact the program director of your academic area or the Career and Technical Education Coordinator at 727-341-3198 for more information.
    3. Apply online to SPC 
    4. Complete a Request for Credit form, attach the appropriate certificate or documentation and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form.
  • Career Pathways Contacts

    • Articulations Specialist, 727-302-6525
    • Career Pathways Workforce Specialist, 727-341-3198
    • Outreach Specialist, 727-341-3392
    • Admissions and Records, 727-302-6875