Adult and High School Articulation

West Valley College's Career Education Programs

Today’s employers need employees to be prepared for a wide range of high-wage, high skill, high-demand careers that result from cutting-edge, rigorous, and relevant education.

High school students involved in career education are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.

West Valley College Career Education Pathways provide an early entry point into a college technical major while still in high school.

Begin your course of study in high school and continue in a community college, such as West Valley College. You earn college credit toward a certificate or degree which lead to a career, or transfer to a four-year program.

Why Career Education Pathways?

In today's job market, most careers require education beyond high school.

  • 20 percent require professional degrees
  • 62 percent require skilled labor

West Valley College CTE Pathways are a great way to start a college technical major while still in high school. In a CTE Pathways program, you begin your course of study in high school and continue in a community college, such as West Valley College. The result is a certificate or associate degree in a career field, or transfer to a four-year program.

What are the advantages of Career Education Pathways?

  • Save money. College is expensive. The free Career Education Pathways college credits you earn apply toward your high school diploma and toward certificates and degrees at West Valley College.
  • Save time. Get a head start on your certificate or degree program requirements by earning college credits in your CTE courses before you even set foot on West Valley College campus.
  • Gain confidence and a sense of success. Earning college credits before you leave high school lets you know that you can succeed at West Valley College.

For Students

West Valley College can offer students at local high schools, regional occupational programs, and adult schools the opportunity to earn college credit for courses taken while at their school. This happens when faculty and administrators from the respective schools and the college meet and work out an arrangement called an “Articulation Agreement.”

An Articulation Agreement enables you, the student, to enter college already on a path to graduation. It will help shorten the time between when you enroll and start your classes and when you graduate and complete a program.

Imagine – you will already have a college transcript showing you have earned college credit before you even enter college!

The high school articulation process takes considerable effort on the part of faculty to arrange who review the curriculum carefully to ensure that the learning in the school meets the learning requirements of the college course. As a result, you benefit with an accelerated path to a college certificate or degree, so that you can more quickly transfer to a 4-year institution or enter the job market ready to work.

To find out if there is an active agreement established between your school and West Valley College view the articulation directory tab.

The Process

enroll in an articulated course at your high school. We recommend you meet with your counselor or school principal to inquire about articulated courses offered at your high school.

Complete the West Valley College application to obtain a college ID.

Please seek guidance of your high school teacher or counselor for assistance.

Complete the course with a “B” or an “A” to qualify for the articulated college credit.

For Instructors

Start the process of establishing an Articulation Agreement by contacting us by email at michael.westFREEWEST_VALLEY

Once finalized, articulation agreements are effective for a two-year period.

Articulation Day

Save the date for the next Articulation Day: TBD

During Articulation Day, college faculty, college administrators, and secondary teachers work collaboratively to review, approve, and articulate courses. View the articulation directories tab to find your active articulated courses.

West Valley College CTE Course Articulation Guide for Adult School and High School Teachers

Articulation Process Chart for CATEMA using schools

Articulation Process Chart for non-CATEMA using schools.

Now Accepting Proposals for CTE Course Articulation Agreement for 2023-2025 Academic Years

West Valley College is now accepting articulation agreement for 2023-2025 academic years. Teachers may access the Course Outline of Record (COR) to propose new agreements. The agreement forms can be found under the "Forms" tab.

West Valley College Course Outline Directory (COD): for course articulation proposals

Course Curriculum Revisions

  • Articulated courses that have been revised will be listed here

Forms and Calendar

Articulation Directory

Los Gatos High School
High School Course WV Course Department/Program Agreement
P-Graphic Design 1 GDES 001: Creative Suite for Graphic Designers Communication Design See Agreement

Wilcox High School
High School Course WV Course Department/Program Agreement
Fashion Design & Marketing Levels 1 & 2 FDAT 030: Introduction to Fashion Design Fashion Design See Agreement

Additional Resources

Last Updated 1/12/24