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). 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.
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
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)
Who can I talk to at Ohio public colleges and universities about using my One Year Option credit?
The current list of points-of-contact can be found in the directory linked below:
- Directory of One Year Option contacts (updated June 26, 2018)