College of Marin
Tech Prep Articulation Agreement
Machine & Marin County High
Metals School ROP Credits
College of Marin Equivalent
Completion of 1 year
of Welding with a “B” 2 units
grade or better. =
†Includes Tomales High School.
The purpose of this agreement is to identify those high school/ROP courses and programs
that articulate with College of Marin courses and programs. The document is written for
students, parents, instructors, counselors and administrators who need detailed information about
what Tech Prep is and how it is implemented.
This Articulation Agreement works to ensure that faculty from the Marin County
Schools/ROP Welding course and the College of Marin Machine & Metals Technology Program
coordinate instruction and student learning to help students transition from high school to
community college without course duplication. The Agreement is created with the goal of helping
to prepare students for success in high-skill, high-wage careers through curriculum that integrates
academics with hands-on experiences in the machine and metals technology field.
Faculty from Marin County High School/ROP programs and the College of Marin have
collaborated in comparing the curriculum needed for theses courses and believe that successful
completion of the courses will give students many of the job competencies essential for
workforce success. Students taking Tech Prep courses will be eligible to receive advanced
placement and apply for credit by exam, following the college procedures outlined on pages 19-
21 of the College Catalog and mentioned below under Process.
A student may receive advanced placement at the College of Marin by following these
1. The student shall complete the articulated course identified in this agreement with a grade
of “B” or better.
2. The student shall bring a transcript or report card to the first class meeting of the next
course in the sequence.
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A student may receive college credit for the articulated course at the College of Marin by
following these steps:
1. This agreement stipulates that students will register in MACH 130 (Welding I) and
receive two units of credit at the end of the semester, providing that they take a college-
approved final exam (Credit by Exam) and receive a “B” or better grade on the final and
as a final course grade. Credit will be recorded on the student’s transcript at the end of the
2. MACH 130 accounts for two of the 32.5 units required for the Certificate of
Achievement in Machine and Metals Technology detailed on page 196 of the college
catalogue. As students accumulate their 32.5 units, they will satisfy the College’s
residency requirement of 12 units. The two units will be applied to the Certificate upon
completion of the 12 units, provided that the student is registered during the semester of
request, and is in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or better for all college work.)
Marin County High School ROP Programs and the College of Marin will implement the
Tech Prep Articulation Agreement using the plan below:
1. Instructors from both the high school and college programs will evaluate course outlines,
curricula, and competency standards for the courses considered for articulation.
2. Any high school/ROP instructor may request that a course or program be considered for
articulation by contacting the full-time College of Marin instructor who teaches the
articulated course or the Dean of Workforce Development. The College of Marin may
initiate articulation with a high school/ROP instructor.
3. The content and integrity of the courses articulated must be agreed upon and maintained
and is subject to review at the request of either party. Curriculum may be revised to
maintain up-to-date content and assure articulation. Students must complete articulated
courses with a grade of “B” or better.
4. Course objectives, outlines, and/or competencies need not match 100 percent.
5. Participating faculty and administrators will have orientation on and access to the
curriculum of the articulated courses, as well as the articulation process itself.
6. Instructors of articulated courses will meet annually with their Advisory Committees to
keep the committees informed of the progress and maintenance of articulation.
7. Articulation agreements will be valid for three years from the date signed unless voided
by one of the parties.
8. The Dean of Workforce Development will see that the articulation process is in place and
assure that appropriate faculty is participating in good faith.
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Suggested Career Pathway Options
These courses are connected to Tech Prep career pathways and may lead the Tech Prep
student to a Career Certificate or an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree.
Metals Career Certificates
MACH 97 The Career Certificate in A. S. in Machine
Machine and Metals & Metals
Technology requires Technology
MACH 250 32 ½ units and may be See Associate
completed in three Degree
semesters. requirements in
* Please refer to the College of Marin catalog for a listing of courses, course requirements for
Career Certificates and degree programs. ** Associate Degree requirements include general
education courses in addition to core requirements.
Representative Course Outlines
The topics included in the course outlines for MACH 130, listed below, show a course
sequence, but are not intended as limits on content. The order of presentation and emphasis on
certain topics may vary.
Shielded Metal Arc
Basic Welding Terms
Effects of heating, welding,
Striking an Arc
Torches and Settings
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Certificate of Achievement in Machine and Metals Technology, Occupational
Courses and Units
MACH 130 Welding I 2 (units)
MACH 140 Intermediate Machine Tool Processes 4
MACH 145 Computer Numerical Control Machining/Mill 3
MACH 165 Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades 2
CIS 101 Introduction to Personal Computers and
Operating Systems 1½
ELEC 100 Fundamentals of Electronics 2
MACH 97* Machine Trades Math 2
MACH 155 Computer Numerical Control
MACH 240 Advanced Machine Tool Processes 4
ENGG 256 Practical Materials Science 3
MACH 131 Welding II 2
MACH 250 Applications of Machine Tool Technology 2
W E 298B Occupational Work Experience 2
* Applied toward the Certificate of Achievement only.
The parties below agree that the procedures set forth in this Articulation Agreement and the
competencies for the articulated courses are a part of this Agreement.
Coordinator Department Chair/MACH/Date
Regional Occupational Program/Date College of Marin
Principal Dean of Workforce Development/Date
Tomales High School/Date College of Marin
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