Many students choose to continue their education beyond their career tech training, and the College Relations department at Tulsa Tech helps them understand the next steps of continuing their education.
Students have the opportunity to take their knowledge, skills, and certifications to an area college or university, and earn college credit through Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA. The Prior Learning Assessment is an evaluation and assessment of an individual’s life learning for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education, and most importantly, allows students to save time and money spent on their college degree.
Angela Morris, College Relations Coordinator, works with her team to assist students with PLA, and feels it is important to help students understand the benefits of this unique program.
“Our department is dedicated to helping all students who wish to further their education understand this process.” Morris said. “Students first select a college or university that has a degree they want to earn, then we work with that school to receive college credit through PLA.”
Former Tulsa Tech student Sallina Sanchez, currently a senior at the University of Central Oklahoma studying strategic communications, works part-time in the college relations department, and feels some people may have misperceptions about the relationship of career tech training and college.
“I disagree with people who think if you attend Tech, you can’t go to college,” Sanchez said. “I think it helps you prepare for college. Especially if you already have an interest in a particular career area, the training you receive at Tulsa Tech can help you jumpstart your education, and help you prepare for some of the basic college classes in your area of study.”
Paige Foret, a college freshman currently studying political science at Tulsa Community College, also feels that the training she received at Tulsa Tech helped her prepare for the next step of her educational path.
“I wasn’t a great student in high school,” Foret said. “All of my studying skills came from Tech, and the academic centers really helped me prepare for many of the initial classes I’m taking in college.”
Foret, who also works part-time in the College Relations Department, feels that she is in a great position to help those students who may be following in her footsteps.
“I really enjoy the work we do,” Foret said. “It gives me a great opportunity to share my experiences with current students who may be interested in attending college.”
Tulsa Tech students make their own path, as they prepare for successful careers. For students whose path may include continuing their education at a college or university, the College Relations department is a valuable resource.
“Our team will be conducting classroom presentations to all Tech students during their final semester,” Morris said. “Our goal is to be sure that each student is armed with the tools they need to continue toward a degree beyond the training they receive at Tulsa Tech.”
If you’re currently looking for quality business and industry training, exciting classes for high school students, or wish to explore a life-changing career, Tulsa Tech invites you to visit today. For more information, please call 918-828-5000 or visit us online at tulsatech.edu.