Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) is an open-enrollment program that provides students with work-based education. P-TECH programs:
- Provide students grade 9 through 12 the opportunity to complete a course of study that combines high school and post-secondary courses.
- Within six years, enable students to earn a high school diploma, an associate degree, a two-year post-secondary certificate or industry certification, and complete work-based training.
- Allow students to gain work experience through an internship, apprenticeship, or other job training programs.
- Partner with Texas Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and regional businesses and industries, giving students access to post-secondary education and workforce training opportunities.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will collaborate with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to develop and implement a plan for the P-TECH program that addresses:
- Regional workforce needs.
- Course credit transfer policies between IHEs.
- Internships, apprenticeships, and other work-based education programs for P-TECH students
Under the authority of the Texas Education Code and the Texas Administrative Code, the TEA developed a designation process for the P-TECH program. This designation process ensures that public school districts and charter schools operating P-TECH campuses maintain the integrity of the model.
Texas is home to 34 designated P-TECH Schools and has 28 planning campuses in 2018-2019.
Laws and Rules
The following laws and rules related to P-TECH programs are available below:
- General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 67, 85th Texas Legislature, 2017
- Texas Education Code (TEC) §§29.551 -29.557
P-TECH Advisory Council
The Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) Advisory Council established in TEC §29.552 (SB 22, 85th Texas Legislature, 2017) has members appointed by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker. The appointees represent school districts/open-enrollment charter schools, institutions of higher education, and business and industry. The Advisory Council is charged with making recommendations to the Commissioner of Education on:
- the establishment and administration of the P-TECH program; and
- the criteria for a campus's designation as a P-TECH school under Section 29.556.
As P-TECH Advisory Council meetings are scheduled, the agendas will be posted below. Agendas will outline the date, time, location and discussion items for each meeting. The public and interested stakeholders are invited to attend meetings.
P-TECH Advisory Council Meeting Agenda (PDF), April 19, 2018
Under the TEC §29.556, a school district or open-enrollment charter school may apply to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for designation as a P-TECH school. The designation process will be developed by the TEA and ensures that districts and schools operating as P-TECH campuses maintain the integrity of the model. To achieve P-TECH designation, per the TEC §§29.551 -29.557, a program must:
- Be provided at no cost to students.
- Have open enrollment.
- Include articulation agreements with IHEs in Texas.
- Provide participating students flexibility in class scheduling and academic mentoring.
- Ensure that agreements with business and industry partners emphasize that P-TECH students who complete the program will have priority in interviewing with the applicable employer.
- Follow all requirements detailed in §29.556 in the TEC.
The P-TECH Blueprint is being developed using the TEC §§29.551 -29.557 and will include benchmark and outcome-based measures to provide guidance for P-TECH program implementation.