Articulation Information for High School Teachers

  • Why should I 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 are my responsibilities when I have an LMC articulated class?
    • Attend LMC High School/Adult Education Orientation.
    • 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? (Including courses not available to articulate)

    1)  Review the Los Medanos College Course Catalog for comparable courses.***
    2) Gather necessary documents for articulation request:

    3) Contact your school site administrator and/or district curriculum director. Changes to your academic course(s) may require you to propose changes to a curriculum advisory committee and receive district and school board approval.
    4) Review the LMC Articulation Webpages including existing agreements to familiarize yourself with the LMC Articulation Template.
    5) Complete and submit articulation request for a new or renewal articulation, attaching appropriate documents. LMC staff will confirm the request and let you know next steps.


    • EMS-010
    • BUS-018
    • BUS-109
    • COMSC-122
  •  My course is articulated with Los Medanos College...what do I do now?
    • Attend LMC Articulation Orientation to obtain important communications, receive training for taking your students through the LMC application/CATEMA process, get college updates, ask questions 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 with LMC Early College Credit poster, LMC Mustang pennant and your own additions! To your students and their parents/guardians at Back to School nights, and also by adding important information in your syllabus letting students and their parents know how your students can earn college credit while in your high school/adult ed. class.
    • 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 an overall grade of "B" or higher in your high school/adult education class as well as on the class "final" or "final procedure". Let them know that they will be earning "Credit by Examination". The exam grade is the grade that will appear on the college transcript (not the overall high school/adult education grade).
    • 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.