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About P-Tech Healthcare

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 2020-2021 school year, VISD’s P-TECH in Healthcare is committed to providing a college-going and work-based learning environment where students earn a high school diploma, as well as one or more of the following;

  • Certified Nurses Aide
  • Associate of Science Degree
  • Complete pre-requisites for admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at Victoria College

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

There is no cost to the student or their family. All tuition, books, and fees are paid for by VISD while the student is enrolled in P-TECH.

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 25  students sign up, the district will use a lottery system to select students.

There are no pre-requisites required for this program


Students residing outside the VISD attendance area, who are interested in the P-TECH program, will be placed on a waiting list. Enrollment priority will be given to VISD students. If space allows, non-VISD students on the waiting list would be selected through a lottery system.
To be added to the waiting list, contact Martin Sanchez at 361-788-2801or

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 2020-2021 P-TECH Healthcare 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.

VISD P-Tech Healthcare will be housed at Victoria East High School with some course taken at Victoria College.
P-TECH students will be provided transportation to Victoria East High School if they live more than two miles away from campus.

It depends. Some students may be able to easily accommodate an extracurricular activity in their schedule if they have earned high school credits in middle school or are willing to take courses for credit in summer school.  Eligibility for extracurricular activities will be assessed on a case by case basis.  

College credits earned through P-TECH may be transferred to a public college or university in Texas. Credits could be transferred to out-of-state public and private colleges or universities depending on the institution’s credit transfer policies.

P-TECH teachers and support teams are dedicated to support student achievement. AVID strategies, on how to organize, study, plan, take notes and manage time, are incorporated in all high school courses. College and career advising is also provided to discuss and plan future career and educational options and opportunities.