Berks County's Technical Academy
Berks Career & Technology Center, Reading Area Community College, and Bloomsburg University have partnered to create the TECHNICAL ACADEMY. The TECHNICAL ACADEMY provides college-bound students with the opportunity to develop advanced technical skills and earn college credit toward an associate and/or bachelor’s degree while still in high school. Students in the Technical Academy are expected to continue their study through an associate degree at Reading Area Community College.
After completing an associate degree, academy students my earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership from Bloomsburg University by taking courses at the RACC Campus at a fraction of the total cost of a 4-year degree program.
The programs in the Academy are highly selective and have strict entrance criteria.
Technical Academy Clusters & Programs
Business & Information Technology
- Engineering Technology
Get a Jump on College!
How The Technical Academy Works:
- A pathway for developing advanced skills and college credits toward an associate degree at RACC and/or bachelor’s degree on RACC’s campus while still in high school!
- Students are enrolled at the CTC (Career & Technology Center) 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.
- In the third year of the program, students may take an additional three courses on the RACC Campus, earning up to an additional 12 college credits while in high school (depending on the program selected).*
- All credits earned will appear as completed courses on a college transcript establishing the transferability of these courses.
- Students can enter the workforce at multiple points prior to earning a degree and have the opportunity to earn recognized industry certifications and prepare for jobs that are in high demand.
- After completing an associate degree, academy students may earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership from Bloomsburg University by taking courses at the RACC Campus at a fraction of the total cost of a 4-year degree program.
- * Please talk to your school counselor about specific financial responsibility for Technical Academy courses.
- Another Step to Your Success!
Complete Your Bachelor’s Degree on the RACC Campus
Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership
- Earn a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University by taking classes at the RACC campus at a fraction of the total cost of a 4-year degree program.
- BCTC & RMCTC Technical Academy students may dual enroll during their sophomore, junior & senior years, complete an Associate degree at RACC, then transfer seamlessly into Bloomsburg University’s Technical Leadership B.A.S degree program with admission as a college junior.
- Full-Time and Part-Time options: Earn your Bachelor’s degree in as little as 2 years after your associate degree or take courses at your own pace.
- Evening classes — some taught onsite at RACC and others online — to meet the needs of working professionals.
- Build on the foundation of your associate degree. Develop the leadership, communication, supervisory, management, & financial skills employers seek.
- Improve your chances to be hired and promoted, and increase your earning potential.
Technical Academy Student Entrance Requirements
Students must be in Grades 10 or 11 to
begin a program in the Technical Academy.
3.0 overall GPA *
To remain in the program,
students must complete a
college prep academic sequence
throughout high school.
Signed Letter of Understanding to attend RACC to earn an associate degree.
Students transitioning to RACC after graduation and completion of the Technical Academy courses will be required to complete RACC's placement assessment. SAT, ACT, and AP scores may be evaluated to determine the need to take RACC's placement assessment.
* With special permission a student may be accepted on a provisional basis with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
Please see the Technical Academy Brochure for additional information.