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Career Education (CE) and High School Articulation: Earn College Credit for High School Courses

What is High School Articulation?

Articulation is a process where you can earn college credits for specific Career Education courses that you take in high school by matching the course requirements with an equivalent college course. As a high school student, you may be taking CE or Regional Occupational Program (ROP) classes that have an articulation agreement with CRC. This means that if you earn an A or B in the class and on the final exam, you earn credit not only from your high school, but college credit from CRC!

Benefits of Career Education Programs:

  • Earn your college degree in less time
  • Eliminate duplication of coursework between high school and college
  • Save money - concurrently enrolled students don’t pay tuition
  • Experience the college environment
  • Explore career fields before starting college

For more information about CRC's High School Articulation Program, please contact: 
Traci Scott
Outreach Specialist for CE and High School Articulation
(916) 691-7012

More About High School Articulation

The Articulation Process

Step 1: How to Articulate a Class
  1. Decide which specific CRC course you wish to have articulated. Be aware that an articulation agreement can be signed with only one college. Students earn units from one community college; they can petition for course credit if, after high school, they attend a different community college.

  2. Request the CRC official course outline for review by emailing your request to Traci Scott at

  3. Review the CRC course outline to ensure that your high school course closely approximates the college’s in content, materials and evaluation methods.

  4. Download and complete the CRC High School Course Articulation Agreement form and obtain signatures from appropriate high school/ROP instructor(s) and administrator(s).

  5. Include the High School/ROP Course Outline and the course’s Final Exam with the signed form. Email all three to or mail to:
    Cosumnes River College
    Traci Scott – Outreach Services
    8401 Center Parkway
    Sacramento, CA 95823

  6. Once approved, articulations are valid for two years, unless an earlier review is requested by the college. A member of the college’s High School Articulation Team will contact you about renewal of your application prior to its expiration.

  7. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the articulation process outline above by email to

  8. We encourage site visits to specific programs and/or meetings with the faculty at Cosumnes River College. The Articulation Coordinator can arrange such contact, and can be reached at the email address noted above.

Step 2: My Class Has Been Articulated. Now What?
  • Congratulations!  Make sure your students are aware that this is a college-level course and they are eligible to earn credit upon its completion, as long as they earn a grade of A or B in your course and on the final exam.

  • Follow the checklist below to ensure you’re A or B students receive their college credit.

  • The Los Rios Community College District does not award plus or minus grades. Please make sure to indicate whether the student earned a solid A or B when completing the grade roster for your students.

  • Students frequently need assistance understanding the details of articulation and how they receive the college credit. Please schedule a site visit with a member of the High School Articulation Team to assist with this process. Students are required to apply to the college and obtain a Student ID Number, obtain a signed permission form from a parent or guardian, plus earn the A or B in the course and the final examination to receive college credit.

Checklist for Getting Units Awarded
  1. Contact CRC’s High School Articulation representative to begin the process by emailing:

  2. The CRC representative will visit your class; give a brief presentation and assist your students in completing the enrollment application (computer access will be necessary). You will be given the Parent Permission Form the students must have signed and returned to you with their Los Rios ID Number noted on the form.

  3. Teachers and students will need to sign up for a CATEMA account, this is the online platform we use to house articulations. CATEMA will hold your class roster, and enable you to refer a student for credit. This system updates in real time for the teacher, students, and staff. A member of the articulation team will walk you through this brief process.

  4. Students will be awarded credit that appears on an official transcript in the Summer Session following the end of your course, since your school’s spring semester may end after the college’s official term.

  5. Community College Transcripts will identify high school articulated CE courses as “credit by exam – high school articulation”, as required by California Code of Regulations Title 5. California State Universities and University of California campuses (and other transfer institutions) may or may not give credit for high school articulated CE courses.

Articulated Classes at Local High Schools

Elk Grove Unified School District
Cosumnes Oaks
  • Architectural Computer-Aided Drawing I (ADT 310)
  • Introduction to Culinary Arts (CAM 300)
  • Food Theory and Preparation (CAM 301)
  • Culinary Sanitation and Safety (CAM 306)
Elk Grove Adult and Community Center
  • Introduction to Welding (WELD 100)
Elk Grove High School
  • Introduction to Agriculture Business (AGB 300)
  • Introduction to Culinary Arts (CAM 300)
  • Food Theory and Preparation (CAM 301)
  • Culinary Sanitation and Safety (CAM 306)
Florin High School
  • Architectural Computer Aided Drawing I (ADT 310)
  • Introduction to Agriculture Business (AGB 300)
  • Introduction to Culinary Arts (CAM 300)
  • Food Theory and Preparation (CAM 301)
  • Culinary Sanitation and Safety (CAM 306)
  • Welding Technology for the Automotive Industry (WELD 160)
Franklin High School
  • Architectural Computer Aided Drawing I (ADT 310)
  • Basic Film Video Camera Techniques (RTVF 330)
  • Television Production (RTVF 331)
Laguna Creek High School
  • Architectural Computer Aided Drawing I (ADT 310)
Pleasant Grove High School
  • Architectural Computer Aided Drawing I (ADT 310)
  • Introduction to Agricultural Business (AGB 300)
Sheldon High School
  • Architectural Computer Aided Drawing I (ADT 310)
  • Fundamentals of College Accounting (ACCT 101)
  • Introduction to Agricultural Business (AGB 300)
  • Web Design & Publishing (CISW 300)
Valley High School
  • Architectural Computer Aided Drawing I (ADT 310)
William Daylor High School
  • Children’s Health Safety and Nutrition (ECE 415)
Lodi Unified School District
Lincoln Technical Academy
  • Fire Protection Organization (FT 300)
River Delta Unified
Delta High School
  • Introduction to Welding (WELD 160)
Sacramento City Unified School District
Luther Burbank High School
  • Introduction to Construction Practices (CONST 102)
Twin Rivers Unified School District
Sacramento Academic Vocational Academy SAVA
  • Introduction to Construction Practices (CONST 102)
  • Plant Science (PLTS 300)
Washington Unified School District
River City High School
  • Introduction to Construction Practices (CONST 102)
Woodland Joint Unified School District
Davis Senior High School
  • Introduction to Welding (WELD 100)
Vista Unified
  • Medical Terminology (AH 110)
Community Based Organizations
California Prison Industry Authority
  • Architectural Sketching and Modeling I (ADT 320)
  • Architectural Sketching and Modeling II (ADT 322)

Looking for articulation information for transferring to a four-year college? Please visit our Articulation page.

High School Articulation Facts

High school graduation rates are higher for students participating in Career Education college articulation programs.

86% of high school grads who participate in CE programs go on to attend college.