Marion Technical College students have many opportunities to explore upon graduation. Most seek direct entry into the job market; however, more graduates continue their education toward a bachelor’s degree directly after they graduate or after starting their careers. Recent statistics show that between 20 and 25 percent of MTC graduates transfer to a four-year institution within six months of graduation.
MTC encourages students who intend to transfer to plan their academic courses carefully in consultation with MTC advisors as well as with advisors at the university to which they want to transfer.
The college participates in an annual Marion Area College Fair and hosts other special programs/workshops, providing easy access to dozens of well-known colleges and universities, many of which have offered MTC students guaranteed or highly favorable credit transfer.
How do I transfer my credits from MTC to another college or university?
Once you have determined which college or university will be your Next, here are few things to get started:
MTC has entered into transfer agreements with other Ohio colleges and universities. These agreements enable graduates to enter the “transfer college” with junior status so they can, in most cases, complete a bachelor’s degree program in as little as two more years. Please see the Admissions representative for specific transfer options.
In addition to using transfer agreements, MTC students can also complete an individual course or several courses within an academic major that are guaranteed to transfer to Ohio public colleges and universities.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) worked with colleges and universities to establish policies that ensure students can begin their college career at any state college or university, including Marion Technical College, and transfer credits earned to other state institutions without unnecessary barriers. This allows students, parents, and advisors to develop viable educational plans using all the resources of the public higher education system – beginning at any point along the pathway from high school through college.
Three (3) key stipulations of Ohio transfer policy mandates that public colleges and universities:
1. Assure transfer of course credits and degrees without unnecessary duplication.
2. Use a universal course equivalency classification system to eliminate inconsistent judgment in the transfer credit application.
3. Admit students with associate degrees to state public universities on an equally competitive basis with native students for specific programs and with priority over out-of-state associate degree graduates and out-of-state transfer students.
It is possible for students to complete 50 percent of a bachelor’s degree at MTC depending upon their chosen major. According to state policy, students can maximize the transfer of college credit throughout all Ohio public institutions using the following methods:
TAGs are groups of foundational and other courses that represent commonly-accepted pathways to bachelor’s degrees, including specific majors. TAG courses are guaranteed to transfer and apply to the degree/program requirements of each major. Each of the over 35 subject areas found in the Ohio TAGs typically includes introductory or core courses in a major, e.g., business or psychology, and also recommended courses in the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM), e.g., microeconomics or sociology. You may use the TAGs course Bulletin Board to explore various course transfer scenarios by linking to https://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer/tag
CTAG’s are courses students (both high school and adult) take at career-technical schools; these courses can count for college credit providing the student meets the requirements listed in the CTAG. MTC participates in CTAGs for Engineering, Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Criminal Justice and Practical Nursing.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has developed a subset of the complete set of a college’s or university’s general education requirements known as the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM). The OTM represents a body of knowledge and academic skills common across Ohio colleges and universities in: 1) English composition; 2) mathematics; 3) arts and humanities; 4) social and behavioral sciences; and, 5) natural and physical sciences. Similar to the TAG’s mentioned above, the OTM provides students the opportunity to easily transfer course credits. Any college’s OTM courses are guaranteed to transfer among Ohio public institutions of higher education as a block of courses or on an individual course-by-course basis for students who do not intend to complete the entire block. Therefore, students can transfer credit for the successful completion of only one OTM course if desired.
Military training, experience, and coursework of student service members will count for credit throughout the University System of Ohio. Under this new standard, Ohio colleges and universities will use the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services to translate military education into credit. Where possible, this credit will count toward a student’s major or general education requirements.
CLEP is an external credit-by-exam. Students may take this exam given by the College Board, the same organization that proctors the ACT. Students can now take the CLEP exam on the MTC Campus in the workforce solutions Building. Students can go to the following website and click on CLEP for more details. http://www.collegeboard.org/
Credit via College Board The University System of Ohio (USO) has initiated policies to facilitate the ease of transition from high school to college as well as between and among Ohio’s public colleges and universities.
AP tests are offered to high school students through College Board. With a sufficient score on the AP exams, students will be able to earn college credit and/or course equivalencies. High school students take Advanced Placement classes to prepare for the exams, as well as to earn high school credit.
MTC credit awarded for AP exams completed successfully is indicated on the Advanced Placement (AP) And MTC Course Equivalents list on the following page. Elective credit may be awarded for other AP exams completed with a score of 3 or above in accordance with Ohio policy.
Students can visit MTC’s website to locate information about Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP and other external credit that may transfer for applicable MTC coursework.
Ohio colleges and universities use Transferology, an electronic advising system that describes the transfer opportunities for students through a Web-based portal. Transferology is an effective and user-friendly tool that helps students transfer and apply credits to degree requirements through better planning, cohesive advising, and a one-stop clearinghouse of transfer and academic pathway information. The overall goal of Ohio’s transfer policy is to allow students to easily transfer credits between campuses for equivalent courses and be guaranteed that the courses apply to degrees in specific majors. Ohio needs more college-educated citizens, and these efforts are aimed to streamline the process and avoid duplication of effort and costs to students.