Articulation Information for High School Teachers

Why should high school and ROP teachers participate in articulation programs with Los Medanos College?

Articulation is used to encourage your students and to help make the transition from high school or ROP to college as seamless as possible. Achieving Early College Credit has many benefits not only for the students, but for your program as well.

  • Guide students toward clear future opportunities
  • Validate your high school courses and bolster your program
  • Create partnerships and improve relations with community colleges
  • Improve the efficiency of advisory committees
  • Increase access to better resources and facilities
  • Substantiate your program’s qualification for vocational funding

What is my role in high school articulation?


  • Attend annual LMC Articulation Orientation each year in August/Sept.
  • Ensure that the curriculum standards of your articulated course are maintained.
  • Promote articulation opportunities to students, parents and peers and facilitate student receipt of credit.
  • Add the LMC Logo to your school course catalog with the following notation: *This course is articulated with Los Medanos College - college credit is available".
  • Register your articulated course in the CATEMA™ database system and assist your students in the process for receiving their college credit.
  • Foster ongoing communication with LMC faculty through renewal discussions and requests every 2 years.

I'm ready! What steps do I take next?

  1. High School/Adult Education/ROP Course Outline of Record
  2. High School/Adult Education/ROP Course Syllabus
  3. LMC Course Outline of Record
  4. Grading/Assessment Methods

My course is articulated with Los Medanos College...what do I do now?

  • Attend LMC Articulation Orientation in August/Sept. to obtain important communications, recieve training for taking your student through the LMC application/CATEMA process, get college updates, networking, etc.
  • Make sure everyone knows! High school faculty, administrators and counselors as well as the students themselves and their parents. All of them need to know about the opportunity for college credit that articulated courses offer high school students!
  • Check your school catalog/guide with the course listing and make sure your class is noted as being articulated and is further highlighted with the LMC Logo next to it.
  • Communicate in your classroom (poster, postcards) and also include information in your syllabus letting students and their parents know they can earn college credit while still in high school.
  • Prepare your students for the challenge of an articulated college course. Your course is a college level course equivalent to what is being taught at Los Medanos College and the grade results in a permanent college record. Best practices suggest that students should earn a grade of "B" or higher on the "Credit by Examination". The exam grade is the grade that will appear on the college transcript.
  • Register for and participate in the CATEMA™, the Contra Costa Community College District's regional database system for awarding articulated credit each year in August.
  • Assist your students with the LMC application/CATEMA process each year in August.

    What is CATEMA™?

    CATEMA™ or Career And Technology Education Management Application is the web-based software utilized by the Contra Costa Community College District to award students college credit through articulated high school courses. Once a course is articulated, Los Medanos College provides training for counselors, teachers and students in the use of this secure online application. This system ensures that student records and information remains accurate.

    Counselors, coordinators, advisors and registrars may look up student information in the system. They may verify a student's completions and/or recommendations for advanced credit. They can view a student's complete course history, and registrars can record any advanced credit to be awarded.