Launched by the TEA in 2018, Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) offer an open-enrollment program that provides students with the opportunity to:
- complete a course of study that combines high school and post-secondary courses;
- earn a two-year post-secondary certificate or industry certification, and complete work-based training within six years; and
- gain work experience through internships, apprenticeships, or other job training programs.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is supporting Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) across Texas to prepare students for the workforce in four of the high-demand fields designated by the Texas Governor:
- Advanced technologies and manufacturing
- Biotechnology and life sciences
- Information and computer technology
- Petroleum refining and chemical products
The TEA, the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board collaborated to develop the academy model as a way to prepare Texas workers for Texas jobs in industries that are driving the state's economy.