Career Tech Pathways

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If you graduate from a career tech high school and continue your pathway at Cincinnati State, you may be eligible to earn college credit for high school courses that match college-level learning outcomes.

Advanced placement and early college credit shorten the time needed to earn a degree or other credential, and reduce the cost of your college education.

Career Tech Pathway Schools

Butler Tech Career Campus

  • Colerain High School
  • Edgewood High School
  • Fairfield High School
  • Hamilton High School
  • Lakota East High School
  • Lakota West High School
  • Madison High School
  • Middletown High School
  • Monroe High School
  • New Miami High School
  • Northwest High School
  • Ross High School
  • Talawanda High School

Great Oaks Career Campuses

  • Anderson High School
  • Batavia High School
  • Blanchester High School
  • Clermont Northeastern High School
  • Clinton-Massie High School
  • Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School
  • East Clinton High School
  • Fairfield (Highland Co.) High School
  • Finneytown High School
  • Goshen High School
  • Hillsboro High School
  • Indian Hill High School
  • Lockland High School
  • Loveland High School
  • Lynchburg-Clay High School
  • Madeira High School
  • Mariemont High School
  • Mason High School
  • McClain High School
  • Miami Trace High School
  • Milford High School
  • Mt. Healthy High School
  • North College Hill High School
  • Norwood High School
  • Oak Hills High School
  • Princeton High School
  • Reading High School
  • St. Bernard-Elmwood Place Jr./Sr. High School
  • Sycamore High School
  • Taylor High School
  • Turpin High School
  • Washington High School
  • West Clermont High School
  • William Henry Harrison High School
  • Wilmington High School
  • Winton Woods High School
  • Wyoming High School

Southern Hills Career and Technical Center

  • Eastern High School
  • Fayetteville-Perry High School
  • Georgetown Jr./Sr. High School
  • Ripley Union Lewis Huntington High School
  • Whiteoak Jr./Sr. High School
  • Western Brown High School

Grant Career Center

  • Bethel-Tate High School
  • Felicity-Franklin High School
  • New Richmond High School
  • Williamsburg High School

Warren County Career Center

  • Franklin High School
  • Kings High School
  • Lebanon High School
  • Little Miami High School
  • Springboro High School
  • Waynesville High School
Cincinnati Public Schools

Listed by program

Agriculture and Environmental Systems

  • Aiken High School
    • Agribusiness and Production Systems
  • Clark Montessori High School
    • Horticulture
  • Gamble Montessori High School
    • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Hughes STEM High School
    • Animal Science

Arts and Communications

  • Oyler School
    •  Media Arts
  • School of Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA)
    • Media Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Visual Design and Imaging


  • Withrow University High School
    • Business

Construction Technologies

  • Woodward Career Technical High School
    • Construction


  • Aiken High School
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Teaching Professions

Engineering and Science Technologies

  • Aiken High School
    • Engineering
  • Hughes STEM High School
    • Engineering
  • Woodward Career Technical High School
    • Engineering

Health Science

  • Hughes STEM High School
    • Medical Bioscience
  • Riverview East Academy
    • Allied Health and Nursing
  • Shroder High School
    • Pharmacy Tech (Senior Only)
  • Woodward Career Technical High School
    • Medical Bioscience

Hospitality and Tourism

  • Dater High School
    • Culinary

Information Technology

  • Hughes STEM High School
    • Programming and Software Development
  • Taft IT High School
    • Cybersecurity
    • Interactive Media
    • Information Support and Services


  • Woodward Career Technical High School
    • Manufacturing

Law and Public Safety

  • Western Hills University High School
    • Firefighting and EMS
    • EMT (Senior Only)

Career Pathway Options


CTAG credit cuts the time and cost of earning your degree

Cincinnati State students who successfully mastered technical coursework in high school are eligible to receive college credit for the high school courses.

Career-Technical Credit Transfer (CTAG) is a state-wide initiative that helps Ohio students earn college credits without duplicating technical knowledge and skills gained in high school.

CTAG credit is available for state-approved high school courses (in Ohio) that match college course competencies.

CTAG credit is recognized on a Cincinnati State transcript as advanced standing or transfer credit. It is ungraded and indicates the student is eligible to bypass introductory technical courses and start at a more advanced level.

To be eligible to receive CTAG credit, the student:

  • must be enrolled in a Cincinnati State degree program that aligns with the high school career-technical pathway.
  • must meet all high school graduation requirements and successfully complete the high school technical course, including passing the end-of-course examination.

Bilateral Articulation

Bilateral Articulation Agreements ease transfer of credits from high school to college

A bilateral articulation agreement is a partnership between a Cincinnati State technical degree program and a regional career technical planning district (CTPD). A CPTD includes a career center and all the schools that feed into the career center.

  • Bilateral articulation agreements cover high school courses that are not included in CTAGs.
  • Each agreement specifies the credit available and the eligibility requirements to receive credit for high school coursework.
  • Bilateral articulation credit is recognized on a Cincinnati State transcript as advanced standing or transfer credit. It is ungraded and indicates the student is eligible to bypass introductory technical courses and start at a more advanced level.
Resources for Career Tech Pathway Students

These grants are additional resources that can help career tech pathway students pay for college.


Be Great High School Grant

The Cincinnati State Be Great High School Grant program provides funds for tuition (up to $1,000/year) and books (up to $1,000/year). 

  • Who is eligible: Qualified graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) high schools and Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) high schools. 

Qualifications for the Be Great High School Grant 

  • Graduates of qualifying high schools(see list below of participating schools) 
  • Students must enter the college in a first – time degree seeking status within one year of high school graduation 
  • Will attend Cincinnati State full-time (taking a minimum of 12 credit hours)  
  • Pell Grant eligible 

How to apply: 

  • You must apply to a degree program to be eligible for the Be Great High School Grant. 
  • Complete the FAFSA form for a Pell Grant. Use school code 010345 for Cincinnati State. 

Maintaining and Renewing the Be Great High School Grant 

The Be Great High School Grant is renewable for up to six consecutive semesters for students who meet these requirements: 

  • Attend Cincinnati State as a full-time student seeking an associate’s degree (taking a minimum of 12 credits per semester, in Fall and Spring semesters), until graduation 
  • Maintain academic good standing in the student’s degree program 
  • Meet Cincinnati State standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) 
  • Maintain Pell Grant eligibility 

Schools in the Be Great High School Grant Program 

  • Aiken High School (CPS) 
  • Cincinnati Digital Academy (CPS) 
  • Clark Montessori High School (CPS) 
  • Dater High School (CPS) 
  • Finneytown High School (CYC) 
  • Gamble Montessori High School (CPS) 
  • Hughes STEM High School (CPS) 
  • Mt. Healthy High School 
  • North College Hill High School (CYC) 
  • Norwood High School (CYC) 
  • Oyler School (CPS) 
  • Princeton High School 
  • Riverview East Academy (CPS) 
  • School for Creative and Performing Arts (CPS) 
  • Shroder High School (CPS) 
  • Taft Information Technology High School (CPS) 
  • Walnut Hills High School (CPS) 
  • Western Hills University High School (CPS) 
  • Winton Woods High School (CYC) 
  • Withrow University High School (CPS) 
  • Woodward Career Technical High School (CPS) 
  • Virtual High School (CPS) 

Be Great Grant for Butler Tech

The Butler Tech-Cincinnati State Be Great Scholarship is an award ($3,000.00 aggregate maximum) to students graduating high school who also completed a Butler Tech program. This scholarship helps students from specific high schools within a Butler Tech program. 

The first one hundred (100) students graduating from the following Butler Tech associate school districts (listed below) after having completed a program with Butler Tech, and have applied for admission at Cincinnati State and completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), are eligible for the Butler Tech-Cincinnati State Be Great Scholarship.  Priority consideration given to students who complete the admissions application and the FAFSA by March 1. 

  • Edgewood City Schools 
  • Fairfield City School District 
  • Lakota Local Schools 
  • Madison Local Schools 
  • Middletown City Schools 
  • Monroe Local Schools 
  • New Miami  Local  School District 
  • Northwest  Local  School District 
  • Ross  Local Schools 
  • Talawanda School District 


EligibilitCriteria for the Butler Tech-CincinnatState Be Great Scholarship 

In order for students to qualify for this program, students must: 


  • Be identified as an immediate graduate of one of the afore-mentioned schools after having completed a program with Butler Tech, and be within the first one hundred (l 00) students to apply for admission.  Priority consideration given to students who apply for admission by March 1, 2020; 
  • Must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA as shown on a current high school transcript. 
  • Complete and submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA.  On the FAFSA student must list Cincinnati State as a school to receive the FAFSA information.  Priority consideration given to students who complete and submit the FAFSA by March 1, 2020; 
  • Register for twelve (12) or more credit hours per semester beginning the fall term immediately following high school graduation.  Please note:  The award will only disburse for actively attended credit hours totaling twelve (12) or more; and 
  • Students are required to meet all aspects of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy as with Federal Student Aid Programs.  Students monitored each semester per policy by the Office of Financial Aid. 

Credit opportunity varies by high school and college program. The Cincinnati State Career Tech Pathway Service team can offer credit information and guidance. For more information, call (513) 569-5707 or visit Ohio College Tech Prep.


Career Tech Pathway Office