College, Career, and Military Prep

  • The Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission are working together closely to boost college and career readiness.

    P-16 Initiatives

    The agencies have worked together to try to create a seamless education system from pre-kindergarten through doctoral programs.  It's an effort to create a solid educational base from which students can build postsecondary success in college and the workplace. Learn more about the P-16 initiatives

    Early College High School

    One of the most rapidly growing educational initiatives in Texas is the Early College High School program. This program allows students to earn high school course credit and up to 60 hours of college credit by the time they graduate from high school.


    Texas was one of the first states to create a renewed focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.  The Texas STEM (T-STEM) creates rigorous secondary schools focused on these critical subject areas.

    Texas GEAR UP

    The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) project is a seven-year federal initiative designed to increase early college awareness and readiness in traditionally underrepresented groups.

    Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate

    Along with  Early College High School programs  and dual credit courses, Texas students may earn college credit if they secure a high score on Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) exams. Fee reductions and other incentives are available through the AP/IB program.