Admission Policy

    Most of the training programs at Ridge and Traviss Technical Colleges have minimum admission or state licensure requirements. Applicants must be at least sixteen (16) years of age, be interested in career education and have basic skills necessary for potential success in the training program chosen. Students should provide proof of age and two proofs of residence with picture identification. Assessment is accomplished by completing the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) which is used as a diagnostic tool to determine completion of a program. Both Centers comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1973 in regard to students with
disabilities. The Centers also strictly adhere to the Non-discrimination Policy adopted by the School Board of Polk County. Reasonable accommodations can be made for special needs students. Qualified students applying for admission are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis during open enrollment periods.

Admission Requirements and Procedures For Adult Students

  1. Take Tests of Adult Basic Education assessment (TABE) if applicable.
  2. Complete application in Student Services Department.
  3. Interview with the appropriate counselor.
  4. Register for program, apply for financial assistance and/or pay fees (counselor will provide you with admission dates and current costs).
  5. Some programs may require additional steps and/or a formal interview with an additional staff member for admission.

Admission Procedures for High School Students: Standard Diploma Seeking

Entry Requirements:

  1. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Must be a student at the 9th grade level who only needs limited academic credits to graduate
  3. Have a good attendance record.
  4. Have a good discipline record.
  5. Take the TABE assessment, if applicable.
  6. Parking permit if driving to campus, if applicable.
  7. Be responsible for consumable costs as specified by individual programs.
  8. Complete application in Student Services Department.
  9. Consult with a RTC counselor. All related paperwork necessary for transferring from the home high school will be explained.
  10. Ridge Technical College students must then transfer from their home high school and report to RTC with all required paperwork.
  11. If all admission requirements are met and space is available, a counselor will register the student for the program.

Polk District Diploma Seeking

Entry requirements:

  1. Students are required to take the TABE assessment and an interest and aptitude assessment prior to enrolling, if applicable.
  2. Students must transfer from their last high school and be 16 years of age or older.
  3. Students must meet at least one of the alternative education criteria established by Florida Statutes:
    1. Retained or administrative promotion, one or more times prior to referral
    2. Failure to achieve minimum (or master 80% of basic skills) on state assessment testing
    3. Disinterest in school documented by two or more sources
    4. Excessive absences

Parents and students who choose this option agree in writing to the following:

  1. A regular standard diploma will not be attainable.
  2. A Polk District High School Diploma may be attainable.
  3. The primary function of such grade designation is to provide the student with technical job skills.

Students who meet the following career and academic criteria, as well as successfully pass the General Educational Development (GED) assessment, FCAT tests and complete the career education program in which they are enrolled, will be awarded a Polk District High School Diploma.