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
- 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
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: