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Technical Advanced Placement

Horry Georgetown Technical College

Technical Advanced Placement (TAP)

Technical Advanced Placement (TAP) is an Advanced Placement (AP) program for high school students who are enrolled in Career and Technology Education courses —usually without the requirement of testing.

High school faculty and HGTC faculty meet and review the competencies needed for entry-level college classes to assure that high school programs require the same skills. If they agree that these skills are the same, an agreement is signed for TAP.

Through articulation agreements with Horry and Georgetown County high schools and Hemingway Career and Technical Center, high school students may receive Technical Advanced Placement (T.A.P.) credit for specific high school courses. This eliminates duplication of courses by allowing students who successfully
complete specific high school courses to exempt specific entry-level College courses. T.A.P. credit may be awarded for satisfactory completion of several C.A.T.E. programs in schools in Horry and Georgetown counties.

Interested high school students should contact their high school guidance offices, and follow the T.A.P. procedures for submitting records to HGTC to determine eligibility and prepare for successful articulation.

TAP benefits:

  • Save money on college tuition, fees, and books
  • Accelerate progress to college completion
  • Reduce duplication of instruction
  • Provides opportunities for expanded program content
  • Improves job-readiness skills
  • Improves job-placement potential
  • Earn college credit while in High School at no cost
  • Motivating students to continue education

Who is Eligible?

Students can take certain high school courses and complete specific requirements to receive TAP credit at HGTC. These courses may fill a skill requirement or serve as electives, both of which help you to meet graduation requirements. You are awarded credit for the course and are not required to retake the course at HGTC. To participate in TAP, it may be as simple as having your teacher submit the Teacher Recommendation form for some courses; for others, requirements may include completing a TAP exam or taking the HGTC placement test.

Admission Requirements

In order to enroll in the TAP program, a student must:

  • Master the skills and competencies of the high school course(s).
  • Earn a “B” or better in the courses(s).
  • Receive a Teacher Recommendation form by the high school teacher.
  • Submit the teacher recommendation form to the HGTC Admissions Office.
  • Apply to HGTC by submitting the Admission Application, plus the $30 application fee, high school transcript, and placement information.

Note: Students must enroll at HGTC within 18 months following graduation to be eligible for TAP.  

How Do I Get Credit?

  • A student must apply to HGTC (complete the application process and pay the $30 fee), and register (which includes payment of tuition) in order for TAP credits to be accepted and entered on the student's transcript. The course will show on the transcript with the grade symbol “E,” which means the student earns the credit hours, but no grade is calculated.
  • HGTC will award credit to students who enroll within 18 months of their graduation date and who have the TAP Teacher Recommendation form on file in the HGTC Admissions Office. The Teacher Recommendation form acknowledges that the student has completed the required courses with a grade of 85 or higher. This form should be completed at the time the student completes the course; a copy is then given to the student and to the high-school guidance office.
  • Each student is responsible for submitting the Teacher Recommendation form to the HGTC Admissions Office at the time of application for admission.
  • If a student applies after the 18-month cutoff, he or she can request consideration of credit by exam in order to demonstrate mastery of skills.

Note: TAP credits may transfer from HGTC to other technical colleges and, possibly, to some senior institutions; however, that is the decision of the receiving transfer institution. Contact the admissions office at the transferring institution.

For more information:

Contact your High school Guidance Counselor or Contact an HGTC Student Enrollment Advisor.

Articulation Agreements:

Teacher Resources:

TAP Teacher Recommendation and Student Contract Form