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;
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?
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.
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 25 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
Where will students attend class?
Can students participate in extra-curricular activities?
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.
Will college credits transfer to a 2 or 4 year college or university?
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.
What support is provided to help students be successful in college level classes?
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.