Berks County Technical Academy

Berks County Technical AcademyThe Berks County Technical Academy is a unique partnership among Reading Area Community College, Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) and Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center (RMCTC).

The Technical Academy offers students a pathway for developing advanced skills and college credits toward an associate and/or bachelor's degree while still in high school at no cost.

Three programs are available to students: Healthcare, Engineering Technology, and Business and Information Technology. The full list of classes for each program can be found in this brochure.

How It Works

Students are enrolled at the Career & Technology Center (CTC) and RACC while in high school. Depending on the program selected, students may complete up to six college courses at the CTC during the first and second year of the program, earning up to 18 college credits. The college credits earned while at the CTC will be tuition-free.

All credits earned will appear as completed courses on a college transcript establishing the transferability of these courses.

In the third year of the program, students may take an additional three courses on RACC's campus, earning up to an additional 12 college credits while in high school (depending on the program selected). Tuition for the final courses taken on RACC's campus (while students are still in high school) may be subsidized by the CTC and is dependent on state and federal funding.

The Benefits

  • Students at the CTC can earn college credits at no cost while still in high school.
  • Students can enter the workforce at multiple points prior to earning a degree.
  • Students have the opportunity to earn recognized industry certifications and prepare for jobs that are in high demand.

Entrance Requirements

  • Students must be in grades 10 or 11.
  • 3.0 overall GPA *
  • Math Proficiency
  • Reading Proficiency
  • To remain in the Academy, students must complete a college prep academic sequence throughout high school.
  • Signed Letter of Intent to attend RACC to earn an associate degree.
  • A set of indicator courses will be established for each Technical Academy program. Completion of an indicator course with a C or higher will waive a student from the appropriate placement test for the purpose of matriculating to RACC as a degree-seeking student.

* With special permission a student may be accepted on a provisional basis with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

For more information on the Technical Academy, BCTC students should call 610-374-4073 and RMCTC students should call 610-921-7310.