Purpose of P-TECH
The Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) initiative offers an open-enrollment program that creates workforce pathways aligned with high-demand, high-wage fields throughout the state. Students enrolled in the P-TECH program work toward an associate degree while gaining hands-on work experience.
Texas P-TECH programming is inspired by the national effort to refine career and technical education. Industry and IHE partnerships with P-TECH campuses ensure that students graduate college- and career-ready. Business and industry partners provide career mentoring, host site visits, offer paid internships to enrolled students, and serve on advisory councils to improve alignment of programming with workforce needs.
Students who graduate from the P-TECH program enter the workforce with proven, in-demand skillsets, making them top candidates in their chosen industry. High-growth industries in Texas include:
- Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products
- Health Care, Biotechnology, and Life Sciences
- Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing
- Information and Computer Technology
- Aerospace, Aviation, and Defense
- Education and Training
- Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics