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What is College and Career Links?


The College and Career Links program begins in high school. It is based on high academic standards and high achievement for all students and advancement of its graduates into higher education and high-wage, flexible career paths. Students can take academic and technical courses that apply to their learning in real–life situations, preparing them for future technical training and careers. Plus, they are able to earn up to 18 hours of college credit in some of their high school courses at no cost by meeting the grade requirements and mastering course competencies as agreed upon by ASU-Beebe and the school districts.

When the student graduates from high school, he/she enters the next phase of the program at ASU-Beebe (with campuses at Beebe, Searcy, Heber Springs, and LRAFB), where he/she continues with a general and technical education. At ASU-Beebe, the student will concentrate on the specifics of his/her chosen technical career and graduate with an Associate of Applied Science, an Associate of Arts (transfer), or with a technical certificate.

The collaboration between high schools and ASU-Beebe adds up to an exciting opportunity to prepare students for a lifetime of learning while encouraging post-secondary education through articulated credit. This also shortens the time required and lessens the expense of the student's college education.

At this time, ASU-Beebe has articulation agreements with high schools in several counties and with several area technical centers. Some of the majors to which students may apply articulated credit include: Business Technology, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Computer Systems Technology, Early Childhood Education, Medical Records Technology, General Technology, and Welding Technology. Technical certificate programs are also available for articulated credit.


How do I get credit?

What is Articulated Credit?

Articulated credit starts with an articulation agreement between a high school and college to provide the students an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Articulated credit is designed to save the student time, effort, and expense.

The College and Career Links student must take a sequence of courses that meet the requirements agreed upon by the high school and ASU-Beebe. Those courses are taught at the high school by a high school teacher. This allows students to progress to the post-secondary level without duplicating coursework taken in high school. The earned credit is held in "escrow" until the student completes one semester (minimum 12 hours) at ASU-Beebe and achieves a 2.0/4.0 GPA.

How can I get Articulated Credit?

The following conditions must be met:

The high school course must be passed with an overall grade of "B" or better and meet any stated requirements for the articulated credit.
The student must apply for admission to ASU-Beebe and complete a semester (minimum 12 hours) within 15 months of graduation.
The student must submit an Application for Articulated Credit and the credit will be posted to the ASU-Beebe transcript within the second semester.
Remember, the articulated credit is FREE.
A maximum of 18 credit hours can be articulated at ASU-Beebe.**

**Automotive Services Technology does allow more credit.

Information for Parents

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian:

Your son or daughter is enrolled in a class at their high school that may earn them college credit for their high school course – FREE! This opportunity is available to them through the College and Career Links program at ASU-Beebe.

In order to earn college credit, these requirements must be met:

The student must earn a grade of "B" or better in the high school course, receive the recommendation of their instructor (Application for Articulated Credit), and provide a high school transcript.
The student must complete a semester (minimum 12 hours) at ASU-Beebe at any of its campuses (Beebe, Searcy, Heber Springs, or LRAFB) within 15 months of high school graduation.

College and Career Links is a partnership between ASU-Beebe and area high schools. This partnership helps students accelerate their progress toward a college degree at no cost to the student or parent. Participating in the College and Career Links program prepares students for lifelong learning and provides a choice of career options. Included in these options are the opportunities to gain an associates degree or technical certificate, to gain employment, or to continue education at a four-year college or university.


Kristine A. Penix
Director of Concurrent Enrollment & Articulated Credit
Arkansas State University-Beebe
P.O. Box 1000
Beebe, AR 72012
Phone: (501)882-8832
Fax: (501) 882-4412
Email: kapenix

Daphnie M. Lane
Coordinator of Concurrent Enrollment & Distance Learning
Arkansas State University-Beebe
P.O. Box 1000
Beebe, AR 72012
Phone: (501)882-8809
Fax: (501)882-4412
Email: dmlane

Arkansas State University-Beebe is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons to the end that no person shall, on the grounds of sex, age, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, or status as a qualified individual with a disability, be excluded participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity.