Pine Academies



PTCC offers high school students the opportunity to participate in several different career and technical education (CTE) academy programs called Pine Academies. Pine Academies are a series of courses focused on specific careers or areas of interest and are designed to give students a jump start on their college education and explore for a future career. Credits earned in academy courses count toward a student’s high school diploma and their future college degree, and are easily transferred to other colleges and universities. 

Pine Academies are offered at local high schools and via Interactive Television (ITV). Select academies are offered at each location, so make sure to talk with your high school counselor about availability at your school.  



Benefits to Students 

By participating in a Pine Academy, students will:  

  1. Earn both high school and college credit  
  2. Explore specific career fields   
  3. Jump-start a college certificate, diploma, or degree 
  4. Earn transferrable credit  

 If you are interested in participating in a Pine Academy, follow these steps below:  

  1. Talk to your high school counselor to see what is available at your school 
  2. Work with your high school counselor to determine if you meet PSEO eligibility requirements  
  3. Complete the online application to PTCC
  4. Register for classes 


Pine Academies

The following is a list of the Pine Academies offered each year. Select academies are offered at each high school, so talk with your high school counselor about the offerings at your school.

The American Sign Language Academy provides you with the foundational knowledge and skills of the American Sign Language (ASL). The academy courses provide a basic foundation for entry into a career in a deafness-related field.

Academy Courses

  • LASL 1205 American Sign Language I
  • LASL 1265 American Sign Language II
  • LASL 2270 American Sign Language III
  • LASL 2275 American Sign Language IV

In the Automotive Academy, you will experience a unique, hands-on learning opportunity and work side-by-side with industry-certified technicians to develop high tech skills used in today’s automotive repair and technology fields. The academy prepares you with the technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles.

Academy Courses

  • ATMP 1209 Vehicle Service
  • ATMP 1212 Introduction to Autos
  • ATMP 1219 Brakes

Marketing or Management? Entrepreneur or CEO? Business-related fields are among the most popular college majors. In the Business Academy, you will learn foundational business skills including business computer applications, business communications, conflict resolution, team building, and how to utilize business information systems.

Academy Courses

  • BUSN 1110 Introduction to Business
  • BUSN 1120 Business Computer Applications
  • BUSN 1130 Human Relations in Business
  • BUSN 1140 Business Information Systems

The increasing need for educated early care and education caregivers can lead to a rewarding and challenging career in child care centers, pre-schools, early childhood education, and many other settings. The Early Childhood Education Academy prepares you for this in-demand field through four introductory courses.

Academy Courses

  • CDEV 1200 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • CDEV 1210 Child Growth and Development
  • CDEV 1222 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • CDEV 1230 Positive Child Guidance

EMTs are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system. Learn the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life-threatening emergencies.

Academy Courses

  • EMT 1715 Emergency Medical Responder
  • EMT 1725 Emergency Medical Technician
  • EMT 1735 Emergency Medical Operations

In the Healthcare Academy you will gain the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to work with patients or clients in healthcare, assisted living, or senior living atmospheres.

Academy Courses

  • HCCC 1215 Introduction to Healthcare Careers I
  • HCCC 1220 Introduction to Healthcare Careers II
  • HPPC 1000 Medical Dosages
  • HPPC 1002 Medical Terminology
  • HPPC 1004 Pharmacology


Information technology is part of our everyday lives. Careers in this field will continue to grow exponentially. The Information Technology Academy exposes students to this exciting industry through introductory coursework in PC hardware and software support.

Academy Courses

  • COCP 1250 Computer Hardware Basics
  • COCP 1251 Computer Software Support

Jump-start your college education by starting college credit classes early with the Liberal Arts Academy! No matter what you choose as your undergraduate major, nearly every degree program requires that students take some general education courses like the ones offered in this academy.

Academy Courses

  • PSYC 1210 General Psychology
  • MUSC 1200 Music Appreciation
  • PHIL 1200 Introduction to Logic and Critical Reasoning


To participate in Pine Academy courses, students must meet the following eligibility guidelines in addition to any course placement requirements. 

  • Be in the upper one-half of class or have a test score at or above the 50th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such, or 
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher, and 
  • Meet course placement requirements as determined by assessment score (such as ACCUPLACER, ACT, MCA)  
  • Be in the upper one-third of class or have a test score at or above the 70th percentile on any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test, or 
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher for general education courses or a GPA of 2.5 or higher for career and technical education courses, and 
  • Meet course placement requirements as determined by assessment score (such as ACCUPLACER, ACT, MCA) 
  • Rank in the upper one-tenth of class, or  
  • attain a score at or above the 90th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test, or  
  • have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher for liberal arts and CTE courses, and  
  • have a favorable recommendation from a designated high school official  

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