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Frequently Asked Questions

Is TRECA Tech similar to vocational school?

Vocational school has evolved into Career Technical Education, or what we call TRECA Tech. Most jobs today require some knowledge of technology and business to be successful. For example, mechanics are now called auto technicians, and they need to know how to use sophisticated car diagnostic tools. Secretaries are now referred to as administrative assistants, and they must master word processing and spreadsheets and have business concepts in accounting. At TRECA, we recognize the important of career tech in industry.

What are the requirements to enroll in TRECA Tech?

To enroll in TRECA Tech, you must be a full-time TRECA Digital Academy student, have a weighted GPA of 2.0 or higher, a 90% or better attendance rate, and complete participation in all state-mandated tests. You must also be in grades 9, 10, or 11 and have up-to-date residency information on file. If you have any questions on whether you meet all the requirements, please contact your school counselor.

How do I apply for TRECA Tech?

First, make sure you meet all requirements (see above). Then, simply complete the application. It’s that easy! Your school counselor will notify you of your acceptance. If you have any questions, please contact your school counselor.

Can I still take other courses towards graduation if I enroll in TRECA Tech?

Absolutely! TRECA offers the necessary courses in math, English, science, and social studies that you need to graduate and earn your diploma. TRECA Tech courses are electives that you take right along with your other courses.

Do TRECA Tech courses count towards graduation credit?

Yes, all TRECA Tech courses are one semester long and count as elective credit towards graduation. You also will earn a certification upon successful completion of a career tech pathway. All TRECA Tech courses are approved by the Ohio Department of Education.

Can I earn college credit through TRECA Tech?

Yes, some courses in a pathway are similar to what you would find in a college program. For these particular courses, you can earn college credit. For more information on which courses qualify, please visit TRECA Tech College Credit Offerings.

What is a pathway?

Each pathway consists of a series of courses focused on a particular industry skill set. To review all pathways, please visit the TRECA Tech page. TRECA is always evaluating new pathways to provide in the future.

Should I take TRECA Tech courses if I plan on enrolling in post-secondary education, such as a community college, technical college, or university?

Upon completing a pathway, you’ll have a foundation that will make you competitive when applying to industry jobs. TRECA Tech courses also instill skills you can utilize in post-secondary education and can give you an advantage when applying to community colleges, universities, and technical schools.

Can I earn industry certifications through TRECA Tech?

Yes! The Networking pathway covers material for the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician industry certification. The Interactive Media Digital Graphics course gives you an introduction to the content for the Adobe Certificated Associate industry credential. As with all industry certifications, preparation and study are key to passing the exams. These exams are not offered by TRECA, but provided by independent test centers.

Does TRECA Tech require attendance in a physical classroom, or can I still take courses online?

TRECA Tech is based on the highly successful online instruction model. Students complete assignments and take assessments as they would with any TRECA course. Some courses may require an in-person meeting at a regional office to complete hands-on activities.

Is there an end of course test?

Ohio Department of Education requires all career tech students to pass an end of course WebXams to earn Career Tech certification at graduation. TRECA Tech courses will prepare you for the WebXams by following Ohio standards.