Momentum Builds for Career-Focused P-TECH Schools
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechnger Report
Shanaes Akhtar discovered Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) as a middle schooler. Students there spend six years instead of the traditional four but they graduate with an associate degree along with their high school diploma, all for free.
The P-TECH model brings together a school district, a community college and local industry. More than 500 businesses partner with various schools around the world, helping teachers develop work-relevant curricula, mentoring students, offering paid internships and standing ready to hire P-TECH grads.
Momentum has been building steadily for P-TECH and models like it that bring together businesses and schools to better prepare students for college and careers.