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The P-TECH Model takes students on a focused journey, enabling them to graduate with a high school diploma, an industry-recognized two-year post-secondary degree, and meaningful workplace experiences within a four- to six-year timeframe. Upon graduation, students have the academic and professional skills required to enter entry-level careers in competitive STEM fields or to continue their education at a four-year post-secondary institution.

This multiyear roadmap highlights key pieces in the development of a successful P-TECH school and is intended as a general guide. The Roadmap is designed to be used in concert with the P-TECH Blueprint. Successful P-TECH schools customize and enrich activities to fit their specific needs, while still maintaining fidelity to the model.

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    Guidance for school districts, community colleges, and industry representatives as they plan a P-TECH school

    Shared Decision-Making High School Partner Community College Partner Industry Partner(s)
    • Identify a visionary and talented school leader
    • Create a formal Steering Committee of key decision makers from each partner to guide the school from conception to reality
    • Creation of Advisory Boards (if more than one industry pathway is to be offered)
    • Following development of Skills Map(s), create a Scope & Sequence that integrates high school and college classes as well as Workplace Learning experiences
    • Identify degrees that align to Industry Partners’ identified skill needs
    • Hire a College Liaison to serve as the link between the high school and college
    • Identify the appropriate deans and faculty who will work with the high school and industry partners
    • Develop a Skills Map based on entry-level skills that employers need that informs the degree pathways and the development of the Scope & Sequence
    • Hire an Industry Program Manager who will manage and implement industry commitments to the school and its students
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    Stakeholder guidance for implementation during the 1st year of a school’s P-TECH program

    Shared Decision-Making High School Partner Community College Partner Industry Partner(s)
    NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY
    • Host a Summer Bridge program to prep incoming students
    • Implement classes that embrace project-based learning, integrate the school’s career focus and Workplace Learning concepts
    • Introduction of Open P-TECH and digital badging
    • Provide innovative teacher professional development opportunities that include project-based learning and understanding of careers that are available to students upon graduation
    • Offer students early college experiences through introductory classes and/or visits and events on the college campus
    • Start exposing students to potential degree pathways
    • Provide students with a college ID and email address and confirm degree completion as the end goal
    • Provide high school and college faculty and staff with opportunities to learn about specific industry and careers available to students upon graduation
    • Implement Workplace Learning curriculum to help students understand and master skills critical for employability
    • Launch a mentoring program that pairs students with industry professionals
    • Host multiple worksite visits to introduce students to careers
    • Invite industry speakers to school, especially those that can enlighten students on careers in their degree fields
    CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY
    • Update Skills Map, as necessary, to reflect current industry skill needs
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    Stakeholder guidance during the 2nd year of a school’s P-TECH program

    Shared Decision-Making High School Partner Community College Partner Industry Partner(s)
    NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY
    • Design and host planning and professional development opportunities for high school and college faculty to create seamless learning opportunities for students
    • Culture building for students and staff
    • Implement a set of evolved Workplace Learning opportunities for Year 2 students that include curriculum, mentoring, site visits, speakers, and project days
    CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY
    • Offer students early college experiences through introductory classes and/or visits and events on the college campus
    • Expose students to potential degree pathways
    • Provide students with a college ID and email address
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    Stakeholder guidance during the 3rd year of a school’s P-TECH program

    Shared Decision-Making High School Partner Community College Partner Industry Partner(s)
    NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY
    • Internship skills readiness, including resume creation and interview prep
    • Prepare and implement skills-based, paid internship program for students in Year 3, to launch in summer before Year 4
    CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY
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    Stakeholder guidance during the 4th year of a school’s P-TECH program

    Shared Decision-Making High School Partner Community College Partner Industry Partner(s)
    NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY
    • Provide college guidance for students who will graduate early from the school
    • Recognize students who have met high school requirements and are moving on to finish their associate degree, and also celebrate early college graduates
    • Recognize graduates who have earned their associate degree and determine how to highlight them at community college graduation
    • Facilitate first-in-line access to job opportunities for early graduates interested in work
    CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY
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    Stakeholder guidance during the 5th year of a school’s P-TECH program

    Shared Decision-Making High School Partner Community College Partner Industry Partner(s)
    NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY
    • As some students spend more time in college coursework, work in collaboration with college to ensure these students have supports from the high school
    • Provide focused supports for Year 5 students, who will be spending most of their time at the college
    CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY
    • Offer students early college experiences through introductory classes and/or visits and events on the college campus
    • Expose students to potential degree pathways
    • Provide students with a college ID and email address
    • Identify new faculty who will teach college classes
    • Share P-TECH model overview with college faculty
    • Provide college classes for Year 2 students who have demonstrated readiness
    • Put supports in place to ensure student success in college courses
    • Recognize graduates who have earned their associate degree and determine how to highlight them at community college graduation
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    Stakeholder guidance during the 6th year of a school’s P-TECH program

    Shared Decision-Making High School Partner Community College Partner Industry Partner(s)
    NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY NEW ACTIVITY
    • With the school reaching full maturity, determine how to recognize this milestone
    CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY CONTINUED ACTIVITY
    • Offer students early college experiences through introductory classes and/or visits and events on the college campus
    • Expose students to potential degree pathways
    • Provide students with a college ID and email address
    • Identify new faculty who will teach college classes
    • Share P-TECH model overview with college faculty
    • Provide college classes for Year 2 students who have demonstrated readiness
    • Put supports in place to ensure student success in college courses
    • Recognize graduates who have earned their associate degree and determine how to highlight them at community college graduation
    • Provide focused supports for Year 5 and Year 6 students, who will be spending most of their time at the college
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