Frequently asked questions
How is the P-TECH Model different than other early college models?
The P-TECH Model depends on a strong partnership between a school district
, a community college
, and an Industry Partner
. The P-TECH Model is distinct for a number of reasons:
- It extends the typical four-year high school to create a seamless six-year academic experience that provides students the education they need to earn an industry-recognized, two-year postsecondary degree, as well as a high school diploma.
- It incorporates employers as a full partner and includes a six-year sequence of Workplace Learning from 9th grade on as a fundamental component of students' experience.
- It targets specific degrees that have direct connections to entry-level STEM jobs that connect to a career ladder. As a result, graduates of P-TECH schools are first in line for jobs with their Industry Partner.
- It is open to all students and is specifically dedicated to providing college and industry access to historically underserved students. Applicants are unscreened, with no tests or grading requirements for admission.
It provides the postsecondary degree at no cost
to students’ families.
What is the Industry Partner Commitment?
Industry Partners serve as a core component of the P-TECH Model, the commitment is not supplementary. Below is a list of the kinds of investments industries need to make to support a P-TECH school.
- Industry liaison an employee at the school full-time to implement commitments
- Skills Map that details entry-level job needs
- Work experiences that include mentoring, site visits, speakers, project days, paid internships
- Commitment to first in line for jobs
- Collaboration with high school and college partner to ensure that work experiences are integrated with high school and college coursework
I am interested in bringing P-TECH to my state. Where do I start?
Education is a state function in the United States and even as the balance shifts among local school districts, state education agencies and the federal government, it is at the state level
that critical policy and operational decisions are made that impact the launch of a P-TECH school. Therefore, government buy-in at the highest level is the first step to bringing P-TECH to your state.
When do you issue high school diplomas, and when do you issue degrees?
Different localities have different ways of making the six-year model work with public funding; however, most students stay on the high school roster for all six years or until they graduate with the associate degree. At this point, students would receive both their high school diploma and their AAS degree. Read more on our Funding
What are years 13 and 14?
Years 13 and 14 are two years of extended high school and are also referred to as years five and six. During these last two years of the model, most students are taking majority college classes toward their AAS degree. Learn more about each year of the model on our Roadmap