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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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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


LVHS PTECH recruits exploring Precision Machining and Welding at the Nov 11 TSTC Open House

LVHS PTECH recruits exploring Precision Machining and Welding at the Nov 11 TSTC Open House. 

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Application will close on February 24th, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

P-TECH High School Logo - PTECH La Vega High School
PTECH Students - 2022 Computer Network Systems Summer
PTECH Students - 2022 Precision Machining Summer