Pathways in Technology Early College High School

Launched by the TEA in 2018, the Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) initiative offers an open-enrollment program that creates workforce pathways aligned with high-demand fields throughout the state. Students enrolled in the P-TECH program work toward an associate degree while gaining hands-on work experience.

Texas P-TECH programming is inspired by the national effort to refine career and technical education. Industry partnerships with P-TECH campuses ensure that students graduate career-ready. Industry partners provide mentoring, host site visits and offer paid internships to enrolled students.

Students who graduate from the P-TECH program enter the workforce with proven, in-demand skillsets, making them top candidates in their chosen industry. High-growth industries in Texas include:

  • Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products
  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences
  • Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing
  • Information and Computer Technology
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Energy

Program Distinctions:

  • Enables students to earn a two-year post-secondary certificate or industry certification and complete work-based training
  • Gives students access to work experience through internships, apprenticeships and other job training programs
  • Reduces barriers to college access
  • Provides academic and social support services through dedicated staff
  • Develops critical soft skills needed for college and career success
School Profile

School Profile

The P-Tech Blueprint

The TEA developed a roadmap of benchmarks, design elements, and products essential to the model’s success. The Blueprint also outlines the Outcomes Based Measures—the metrics taken into consideration for designation.

To view the P-TECH Blueprint: