In an effort to ensure our students are receiving the most optimal support possible with the Transcript Ordering service, we wanted to make you aware of information that may impact transcript mail delivery. The US Postal service is experiencing an unprecedented volume increase and limited employee availability due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also seeing delays with International mail, including instances where some countries are not accepting mail for certain periods of time. There could be delays in sending and receiving mailed transcripts.
Official & Unofficial Transcripts
Both the official and the unofficial transcripts contain the same information about a student's academic record at Renton Technical College: a chronological list of classes, grades, and credits.
Official Transcript (Online only)
An official transcript includes the Registrar's signature, the Renton Technical College seal, and the date issued. An official transcript is delivered in a sealed envelope that should not be opened by anyone except the addressee. RTC has authorized The National Student Clearinghouse to process and accept payment for transcript requests. Each official transcript order will be assessed a service fee of $2.25. Multiple transcripts may be sent to the same addressee for no additional charge up to a maximum of 10 copies. It typically takes 2-3 business days to process an order but may take up to a week. This does not account for an additional 2-3 days to reach the addressee by mail.
An unofficial transcript consists of the student's academic record without signature, seal, date, or sealed envelope. There is no fee to obtain your unofficial transcript. Viewing an unofficial transcript is the best way for students to get their grades once they have been posted after the quarter's end. To access your Unofficial Transcript, click on the link below and then click ‘Transcript’ on the bottom left of the proceeding page. You will need your Student ID and your Student PIN to obtain your unofficial transcript.
Clock Hours to Quarter Credits
In summer quarter 2009, Renton Technical College converted from awarding clock hours to quarter credits. For students who completed courses prior to 2009, their transcripts will show both quarter credits and clock hours in a blended view.
Converting Clock Hour Credits to Quarter Credits
Credit hours equates to 1:16.5 clock hours as determined by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. These hours are totaled and combined in one number noted on the Transcript under the heading “Hr Earn”. To convert Clock hours to Quarter credits, simply divide the total of hours earned (noted on transcript under “Hr Earn” heading) by 16.5.
(These are not combined with the cumulative GPA of grades earned starting summer of 2009.)
Calculating the Grade Point Average
Competencies and grades completed prior to summer 2009 are transcripted based on the following information:
The grade point value of the academic course letter grade and the rating of the professional-technical course is multiplied by the clock hours in each course (not shown on transcript) to determine the grade points.
|Grade/Rating||Value||Clock Hours||Grade Points|
|Basic Technical Skills||3||3.0||41||123|
In the example above, total Grade Points of 535.5 divided by the total of 162 Clock Hours equals the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3. On the transcript, total grade points (GPTS) are divided by the total clock hours (GPA HR) to arrive at the grade point average (GPA).