Transfer of Post-Secondary Credits from Area Technical Colleges to Community Colleges

BP 9-72

APPROVED: December 8, 2004
REVISED: December 9, 2015

REFERENCE: C.R.S. 23-60-802


/ Richard E. Martinez, Jr./
Richard E. Martinez Jr., Chair

Policy Statement

In 2004 the Colorado State Legislature passed legislation requiring that the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education implement a policy to ensure the transfer of post-secondary credits from area vocational schools to any institution within the state system of community and technical colleges. Credits transferred in “…will apply in full…to an appropriate program leading to a certificate or to an associate degree at a community or technical college…” (See C.R.S. 23-60-802).


This policy applies to Career and Technical Education post-secondary credits that are offered by Emily Griffith Technical College, Delta-Montrose Technical College, and Pickens Area Technical College (“Area Technical Colleges”). It further covers the transfer of these credits to appropriate programs at all Colorado Community College System (CCCS) member institutions. This policy does not apply to secondary credits.

Transfer of Credits

In its Addendum to the Handbook of Accreditation Second Edition, the Higher Learning Commission establishes parameters for the transfer of credit. Individual institutions should develop transfer policies that “…should also include the consistency of their interpretation and application throughout the institution, and their responsiveness to new types of learning opportunities outside institutions of higher learning.”

Transcripting of Transfer Credit

CCCS institutions will accept post-secondary credit in transfer from students who have attended any of the three Area Technical Colleges in Colorado. The acceptance of these credits, the application of these credits toward degree requirements, and the transcripting of these credits will be consistent with the transfer policies of CCCS.

Appeals Process

Students should seek advice when transferring to the community colleges from college advisors. If a student believes that he/she has not been treated equitably as compared to other transfer students, he/she should seek assistance through the appropriate channels at the transfer institution. If after all avenues have been exhausted, the student still has concerns, he/she may appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at CCCS. This decision will be final.


The System President shall promulgate such procedures as may be needed to implement the policy. These procedures will specifically address identification of “appropriate programs”, and the role of faculty and Chief Academic Officers in the program approval process.