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P-TECH

Program Overview

Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) are innovative open-enrollment high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity to receive both a high school diploma and a credential and/or an associate degree. The hallmark of the P-TECH model is its career focus and the provision of work-based education.
P-TECH programs:
 
  • Enroll historically underserved students, targeting at-risk and economically disadvantaged 
  • Provide students grade 9 through 12 the opportunity to complete a course of study that combines high school and post-secondary courses
  • Enable students to earn a high school diploma, along with an associate degree, Level 1 or Level 2 certificate, or industry-based certification within six years
  • Offer age-appropriate work-based learning opportunity in every grade level
  • Allow students to gain work experience through an internship, apprenticeship, or other job training program
  • Align to regional workforce needs, guiding students into high-demand, high-wage careers
  • Partner with Texas Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and regional businesses and industries, giving students access to post-secondary education and workforce training opportunities
P-TECH provides students with a seamless path from high school, to post post-secondary education, to employment. LaVega ISD's P-TECH Academy offers students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and work credentials, including certifications and licenses, and education credentials, which include educational certificates, professional certificates, diplomas, and degrees. They also engage in work work-based education at every grade level, such as internships, apprenticeships, or other forms of job training programs.

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Why P-TECH?

Students successfully complete the La Vega P-TECH Academy can:

  • Earn a high school diploma
  • Earn an Associate degree - tuition free while in high school
  • Earn up to 60 hours of tuition-free college credit
  • Earn career and technology certifications
  • Enter the job market with work-ready skills
  • Develop workplace skills through mentorships and internships with industry partners

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