What is the One Year Option?
The One Year Option was established by House Bill 59 and allows graduate from Ohio Technical Center 600 or greater hour programs to earn a block of technical credit toward an Associates of Technical Studies. The goal of this initiative is to create a statewide agreement for awarding technical credit in addition to current statewide agreements such as Career Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs). In order to soundly affirm awarding a block of credit for the One Year Option, four credit affirmation teams have been established in the following areas: Business and IT, Health, Services and Agriculture, and Trades. These teams are currently in the process of reviewing all applicable 900+ hour OTC programs. As teams finish reviewing the 900+ hour programs, the teams will review the applicable 600- 899 hour OTC programs.
How is the One Year Option different than Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs)?
There are several differences between the One-Year Option and Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs).
|ONE YEAR OPTION||CTAGS|
|Degree Type||Awards students a block of credit toward an ATS degree||Awards students credit that can be applied to a variety of associate’s degrees (AAS, AAB, AIS, ATS)|
|Credit Application||Awards a block of technical credit that applies to a general degree (ATS) and does not align to specific courses||Awards a block of credit that may be applied to a specific degree type and specific course requirements|
|Career Goal||Awards students a general degree (ATS) that may be viewed as fitting those careers and job positions when the employer is neutral as to the degree earned||Award course credit to more specific degrees that may be viewed as the standard within an industry and/or are required to take a licensure or registry exam|
|Program Completion||Awards students in a 900+ clock hour program with an approved industry credential, 30 technical credit hours towards an ATS degree||Awards students between 3 and 30 credits with the average number of credit hours being 14 credit hours|
What requirements do I need to meet in order to be eligible for the One Year Option?
To be eligible for the One Year Option, students must meet all of the following criteria:
- Completion of a 600 or greater hour program at an Ohio Technical Center
- Hold an industry-recognized credential(s) approved by the Chancellor
- Meet the credentialing pathway requirements as determined by the applicable credit affirmation team
Please note that the credit affirmation teams are in the process of reviewing all of the 900+ hour programs and as teams finish reviewing these programs, the teams will review programs 600-899 hours in length. The webpage will be updated as programs are reviewed and pathways created.
What credentials are required for a specific pathway?
The list of currently approved pathways and credentialing requirements can be found at the below excel link.
- List of Currently Approved Pathways (updated June 22, 2017)