Career Ready Academy - Cullman City Schools

Career Ready Academy

Dual Enrollment
Fast Track
Fine and Performing Arts Academy
Fast Track for Industry
How Do I Apply?
Career Tech Scholarship
Career Ready Academy
Future Financial Aid
STARS/Transfer Information
Dual Enrollment Manual
Dual Enrollment Brochure
Benefits of Dual Enrollment
Cost Savings:
Tuition and fees at Wallace State are significantly
less than those at four year colleges.

Simultaneous Credit:
Earn credit for both high school graduation and your
college degree with the same amount of coursework!

Educational Advantage:
Get a jump start on your college career while easing
the transition from high school to college.

Dual Enrollment Students:
  • Are more likely to enroll in college right out of high
  • Earn higher first year GPAs
  • Are more likely to continue on to the second year
    of college—making them more likely to finish!

General Information
The Career Ready Academy offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to enroll in postsecondary coursework on the campus of Wallace State and be working toward a Short Term Certificate or degree in specific career/technical programs.

Admission Requirements
Student must complete the CRA application and submit it along with all required documents to his/her high school counselor. The school administration will then recommend the student for the program if the student has met all necessary criteria. The counselor will complete the remainder of the application and submit the application along with an official high school recommendation, transcript, and the Graduation Requirements Check List to the Extended Learning Department / Fast Track and Dual Enrollment.

Career Ready Academy Application

General entry qualifications will include the following:
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Accuplacer Placement Exam or Comparable ACT scores – 18 in English, 20 in math only if intending to take college math or English
  • Incoming high school junior or senior

Required Documents:
  • Student’s Current Official HS Transcript
  • Proof of ID
  • Incoming high school junior or senior
  • Placement Test or comparable ACT – if required
  • Recommendation from school counselor

Cost of Program:
Tuition for select programs will be paid using WFD funds (Career Technical Dual Enrollment Scholarship). The scholarship pays for two classes each semester up to a maximum of 6 college credit hours as well as books and materials for those classes as long as funds are available. Please note that eligible programs are determined by the State Board of Education and the local workforce development agency and are subject to change. Students who choose to enroll in programs which are not included on this list will be responsible for all tuition, fees, books, materials, and supplies. WSCC graduation fee $30 which is the responsibility of the student.

Continuous Eligibility:
Students who meet the criteria for initial admission to a Dual Enrollment for Dual Credit program as specified in the ACCS Procedure for Dual Enrollment for Dual Credit for High School Students, Section 2, will remain in continuous eligibility as long as a grade of “C” or better in all attempted college courses is earned. Students who fail to meet this minimum grade requirement or who withdraw from a course will be suspended from the program for a minimum of one term. The one term suspension may not be served during the summer term. The student may not re-enroll until the suspension has been served. For re-entry, the student must reapply to the program and must meet the minimum (unweighted) grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Programs Eligible for CTDE Scholarship:

Automotive Service Technology
Collision Repair/Auto Body
Computer Science
Diesel Mechanics
Engineering Technology
Electronics Technology
Heating & Air Conditioning
Office Administration
Machine Tool Technology / CNC
Child Development
Emergency Medical Services (17 on ACT required and students should be within 1 year of turning 18)
Medical Assistant (17 on ACT required)
Medical Coding Certificate (COMPASS Reading score of 80 required)
Medical Lab Technician
Pharmacy Technician (students must turn 18 during first semester)

The following programs may or may not have course options that will work in a high school schedule. If interested, please contact the department to find out how scheduling might work for you. Students may only begin these programs during the fall semester.

EMS Emergency Management System - (ACT = 17;)*
MAT Medical Assistant - (ACT = 17)*
PHM Pharmacy Tech - (Must turn 18 first semester)*

*Students interested in any listed health programs must also submit a completed health program application to be considered. Scholarship acceptance will be contingent upon student’s acceptance into the health program.

Eligible programs are determined by the State Board of Education and the local workforce development agency and are subject to change. If changes are made, updated program lists will be supplied to the local high school.

Other Program Options
The programs below are not funded by the CTDE scholarship. Students who choose these programs are responsible for all tuition and fees as well as books and materials.

Aviation/Flight Technology
Building Construction
Criminal Justice
Culinary Arts
Forensic Investigation
Forensic Psychology
Graphic Art and Design
Law Enforcement
Salon and Spa Management

For more information regarding dual enrollment, please contact:

or call 256.352.8241