P-TECH - Pathways in Technology Early College High School -- blends high school and college coursework, providing students the opportunity to earn an industry certification and college hours toward an Associate degree or Bachelor degree, at no cost to the student or his/her family. Industries chosen for P-TECH are in-demand, high-wage jobs in the local community.
Starting at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, VISD’s P-TECH in Education and Training is committed to providing a college-going and work-based learning environment where students earn a high school diploma, as well as college credits with University of Houston - Victoria towards a bachelors degree.
While all students will have access to the program, the core mission of P-TECH is to give prospective first-generation and other students typically underrepresented in higher education a no-cost option to earn a two-year college degree and post-secondary certifications, allowing them to go into the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university. Students will have a structured environment that will provide adequate support to ensure successful completion of the college courses.
Frequently Asked Questions
What costs are associated with P-Tech?
Who is eligible to become a P-Tech student?
P-TECH is open to all 8th grade VISD students who are motivated and willing to commit to a four-year program. If more than 30 students sign up, the district will use a lottery system to select students.
There are no pre-requisites required for this program.
Is P-Tech available to non-VISD students?
How are students selected?
During the regular course selection process in the spring, students will indicate on their 9th grade course selection sheet that they would like to be considered. A lottery system will be used to determine the students selected for the P-TECH Education and Training cohort.
Students will be notified by the end of March if they have been selected to participate.
Parents are an important part of the process and need to demonstrate their support. Therefore, parents of selected students will be required to attend an orientation meeting.
Where will students attend class?
Can students participate in extra-curricular activities?
Will college credits transfer to a 2 or 4 year college or university?
What support is provided to help students be successful in college level classes?