Graduate Guarantee Program


Guarantee for Job Competency

If a recipient of an Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate of Completion is judged by his/her employer to be lacking in technical job skills identified as exit competencies for his/her specific degree program, the graduate will be provided up to 12 tuition-free credit hours or additional skill training by North Central Texas College under the conditions of the guarantee policy. Special conditions which apply to the guarantee include the following:

  • The graduate must have earned the Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate of Completion beginning May, 1992 or thereafter in a technical, vocational or occupational program identified in the college’s General Catalog.
  • The graduate must have completed requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate of Completion with the North Central Texas College system, with a minimum 75 percent of credits earned at North Central Texas College, and must have completed the degree or certificate within a five-year span.
  • Graduates must be employed full-time in an area directly related to the area of program concentration as certified by the appropriate Division Chair.
  • Employment must commence within 12 months of graduation.
  • The employer must certify in writing that the employee is lacking entry-level skills identified by North Central Texas College as program exit competencies and must specify the areas of deficiency within 90 days of the graduate’s initial employment.
  • The employer, graduate, Division Chair, and appropriate faculty member will develop a written educational plan for retraining.
  • Retraining will be limited to 12 credit hours or additional skill training related to the identified skill deficiency and to those classes regularly scheduled during the period covered by the retraining plan.
  • All retraining must be completed within a calendar year from the time the educational plan is agreed upon.
  • The graduate and/or employer is responsible for the cost of books, insurance, uniforms, fees and other course-related expenses.
  • The guarantee does not imply that the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a particular career.

A student’s sole remedy against North Central Texas College and its employees for skill deficiencies shall be limited to 12 credit hours of tuition-free education under the conditions described above. Activation of the “Graduate Guarantee Program” may be initiated by the graduate by contacting the appropriate Division Chair within 90 days of the graduate’s initial employment.

Transfer Credit

NCTC guarantees to its Associate of Arts and Associate of Science students who have met the requirements for the degree that course credits will transfer to other public-supported Texas colleges or universities provided the following conditions are met.

Transferability means acceptance of credit toward a specific major and degree at a specific institution. These three components must be identified by the student during the application for admission process prior to the first semester of enrollment at North Central Texas College.

  • Limitations on total number of credits accepted in transfer, grades required, relevant grade point average, and duration of transferability apply as stated in the general undergraduate catalog of the receiving institution.
  • Transferability refers to courses in a written transfer/degree plan filed in a student's file at North Central Texas College.
  • Only college-level courses with Community College Academic Course Guide Manual approved numbers are included in this guarantee.

If all the above conditions are met and a course or courses are not accepted by a receiving institution in transfer, the student must notify the Provost at North Central Texas College within 10 days of notice of transfer credit denial so the "Transfer Dispute Resolution" process can be initiated.

If course denial is not resolved, North Central Texas College will allow the student to take, within a one-year period from granting of a degree at North Central Texas College, tuition-free alternate courses, semester hour for semester hour, which are acceptable to the receiving institution. The graduate is responsible for payment of any fees, books or other course-related expenses associated with the alternate course or courses.