Seconds into the conversation and it’s evident that Moorpark College Career Technical Education (CTE) Counselor Trevor Hess is fascinated with his work and the number of high school students he helps get Moorpark College credit through articulated CTE courses. Articulated courses help students make a smooth transition from high school to community college by giving college credit for certain high school classes.
When a specific higher-level career pathway high school course has similar content to an introductory career pathway college class, faculty may put an articulation agreement in place. Articulation agreements help high school students earn college credit, avoid duplicating work and save time and money. Nearly 5,000 students from 30 high schools are on track to receive college credit for articulated classes taken during the 2016-2017 school year; five years ago, 272 students from nine area high schools received college credit for articulated classes.
Hess facilitates the communication between college professors and high school teachers to align the content and rigor of their curriculum; he also helps students petition to receive college credit based on the high school credit they received. “My favorite thing about working as a CTE Counselor is opening high school students’ eyes to the fact that they can succeed in college,” said Hess. Moorpark College offers multiple CTE career pathways in 15 different industry sectors that may lead to certificates, associate degrees or transfer degrees.
"Today’s CTE programs are different from what most people think. While it includes trades and other programs many people traditionally associate with CTE - it also includes health sciences, biology, theater arts, graphic arts, biotechnology, criminal justice and so much more. It’s amazing," said Hess. Some of the CTE programs allow students to begin a lucrative career right after earning a certificate of completion. Hess considers it a privilege to assist students who otherwise would not know about these opportunities. They may not even know they can go to college. "In addition to high school students, some CTE students are adults with families. Adults are often at different places in their lives. They need to work, so it’s urgent that they find a career path that will allow them to make a good living in a short period of time," Hess emphasized.
Hess acknowledged Mary Rees, Moorpark College dean of mathematics and physical sciences,for her leadership, and Elizabeth Nielsen and Haida Himinez for their ongoing support. He joined Moorpark College as CTE Counselor in January 2017 after serving as an adjunct counselor for Ventura College from August 2014 to December 2016. He simultaneously worked as a counselor in specialized programs (UC Transfer Admission Guarantee) for Santa Barbara City College from January 2013 to December 2016. Born in Santa Barbara, Hess graduated with honors from Westmont College where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and studied in 10 European countries and Israel as part of the Europe Semester; he also holds a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from California Lutheran University.