High School Juniors and Seniors are selected to participate in KATC technical programs based on the following:
​· Sufficient aptitude to successfully complete the selected training program.
· Strong interest in the occupational area and a desire to seek employment in that occupation.
· Past record of working satisfactorily with teachers and fellow students.
· Satisfactory record of school attendance.

Starting with the graduating class of 2021, the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education will be awarding a Career and Technical Education Certificate to qualifying individuals. This certificate is in addition to their high school graduation diploma. 

Qualifying criteria includes: 
Meet all requirements set forth in state and local board of education policies related to earning a high school diploma.

Qualify as a career and technical education (CTE) concentrator. A CTE concentrator is a student who has completed at least two courses in a single career and technical education program of study. A course is defined locally as a series of lessons that equal one credit.

Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in the CTE area of concentration as defined on the student’s Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). 

Pass an approved Technical Skill Assessment (TSA) and/or earn an approved Industry Recognized Credential or Certificate (IRC) aligned with the student’s CTE area of concentration.

Complete a minimum of 50 hours of appropriate work-based learning experiences aligned with the student’s CTE area of concentration. Work-based learning experiences may include Registered Apprenticeships, Cooperative Career Education programs, internships, clinical settings, job shadowing, entrepreneurial experiences, school-based enterprises, structured business/industry field trips, service learning, or other opportunities that provide students with real-time, authentic work experiences.

Maintain at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.

Demonstrate attainment of employability skills/business skills. This requirement can be met in one of three ways:
-Active participation in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) during the junior or senior year OR 
-Score at proficient or advanced level on a district-developed or adopted employability skills/ethics assessment during the  junior and/or senior year; OR
-Three or more letters of recommendation, from at least three different business or industry employers or other individuals who have knowledge of the student and can assure that the student has a high level of employability skill efficacy and is career ready. Letters may not be from a relative or student.

Achieve a score at or above the state standard on any department-approved measure(s) of college and career readiness, for  example, the ACT®, SAT®, ACTWorkKeys®, Accuplacer®, or the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery as determined in  the most current MSIP performance standards. Schools are to use the .75 weighted measures described in the Assessment Scores  Matrix as the standard. This matrix is found in Appendix C of the MSIP 5 Comprehensive Guide to the Missouri School Improvement Program, 2016.


Substituted Credit
A student may fulfill his/her third science credit with any Allied Health course(s), PLTW Biomedical courses, or PLTW Engineering courses. The substitution must be a full year long or equal to one full credit. 

Embedded Credit
Embedded credit is an alternative method for granting credit in which competencies are embedded from one subject into another class and award credit for both the embedded content and the other subject.  KATC offers embedded credits in several programs of study. 

Math credit: Upon successful completion of ACT Work Keys Program and Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Construction Trades or Digital Design & Graphics, a math credit will be awarded. 

Science credit: Upon successful completion of Agriculture Science 1, Agriculture Science 2 and one additional science based agriculture class, a science credit will be awarded. 

English credit: Upon successful completion of Teaching Careers 1 and Teaching Careers 2, an English credit will be awarded. 

*Substituted, or embedded credits are not accepted at major universities or the NCAA clearinghouse. ICAP, preparation for future plans, NCAA/NAIA required courses, the number of required graduation credits should all be taken into account before relying solely on non-traditional methods of earning credits.

Articulated Credit
Articulation agreements between Kirksville Area Technical Center and postsecondary institutions are designed to eliminate duplication of instruction, saving time and tuition money in obtaining an associate’s degree. High school students enroll in programs that provide technical preparation in selected career fields and can receive FREE college credit for work completed at the high school level. Articulated programs are designed to link the last two years of high school with at least two years of study at post-secondary institutions and most commonly applied to Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. 

Kirksville Area Technical Center maintains secondary-to-postsecondary articulation agreements with several community colleges in the midwest. These agreements are course-by-course and are based upon mutually established competencies which include, but are not restricted to, the state-mandated minimums. These articulated courses are accepted by colleges on the basis of a signed agreement which indicates the satisfactory completion of high school level course(s) by the applicant. Kirksville Area Technical Center has signed articulation agreements with the following post-secondary institutions: Indian Hills Community College, Moberly Area community college, North Central Missouri College, and University of Northern Ohio.