An educational program of applied and technical courses to prepare students to work in a changing high-tech society. Tech Prep education may start in the 11th grade and continue as a four-year sequence, including at least two years of post-secondary occupational education. It often includes workplace "shadowing" experiences, internships and other real-world experience.
A planned program of studies that defines a pre-approved agreement between secondary and postsecondary schools that leads to a technical or associate degree, diploma, or certificate in an occupational area.
A dynamic educational reform movement that involves partnerships, teaching and learning processes, and curriculum structures to prepare any student to enter and succeed in a career. See example definitions under ABCs of Tech Prep.