P-TECH

Overview

P-TECH (Pathways in Technology)
Innovative partnership between a school district, a community college(s), and one or more local high growth industry employers.

Students begin in 9th grade and can go through 14th grade for a total of 6 years, receiving both a high school diploma and an industry-recognized associate degree, in addition to gaining relevant workplace skills.
P-TECH is a true partnership between Businesses and Educators.

Businesses

What is in it for me?

  • Aims to fill the skills gap with proven talent that obtain education specific to the employer’s talent needs
  • Hire better-prepared employees who understand workplace expectation – “try before you buy”
  • High Return on Investment and easily sold to leadership
  • Year-round source of highly motivated pre-professionals
  • Students bring new perspectives to old problems
  • Visibility of your organization in the community
  • Develop directly hirable candidates
  • Provides leadership opportunity to current employees
Potential Challenges
  • Overcoming hurdles (perceived or real) in hiring under 18-year-olds
  • Organizational buy-in across business units and leadership
  • Recruiting students and coordinating student schedules

Students & Educators

What is in it for me?

  • Students get real-world application of high school and post-secondary learnings to the workplace
  • Improve student motivation, attendance and graduation rates
  • Promote school’s relationship with the community
  • Supports 21st century education goals through providing another pathway to employment
  • Validates and informs student curriculum to provide real world experience in a subject
  • Improves students interaction and communication skills with adults

Potential Challenges

  • Determining how to fit into school schedules
  • Understanding how to apply experience to graduation requirements
  • Identifying businesses to engage as the industry partners

Benefits of P-TECH

P-TECH enables students to begin their college and professional lives more quickly and with more support than the typical school-to-work pathway. Graduates of P-TECH can earn an associate degree and leave the school with the skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies or step seamlessly into competitive jobs.

 

The 5 Tenets of P-TECH

Partnerships

Partnerships between school district, higher education and industry; all making long term commitments to the success of the school and its students.

Degree Focused

Six-year program featuring an integrated Scope and Sequence of high school and college courses leading up to an industry-recognized, post-secondary associate degree for all students. Given the focus on personalized learning, students can accelerate and graduate as early as in four-years.  However, the six-year model ensures that students have the time and seamless support necessary to earn their degree.

Depth of Learning

Workplace learning including mentoring, worksite visits, speakers, project days, skills-based and paid internships, and potential job opportunities.

Low Cost

Low to no cost postsecondary degree aligned to the needs of the industry.

Job Opportunities

Potential job opportunities with industry partners upon specific degree completion.

Assess Fit

P-TECH.org's “How-To-Assess-Partners-Readiness"

1.

Assess your businesses readiness to participate.
Use P-TECH.org’s “How To Assess Partners Readiness” document with in-depth suggestions for school, college and business partner selection.

2.

Form a partnership with a school district and community college.
There are many ways to identify partners, including combining efforts with existing business/school partnerships, reaching out to Colorado Succeeds, or fostering the relationship with a local school district and community college on your own.

Explore the full list of participating Colorado community colleges and schools.

Involvement

Determine Level of Involvement
There are many ways in which employers’ partner with P-TECH. 

While employer involvement in each of the following activities is critical to our success, employer partners are not expected to participate in all activities. 

P-TECH representatives will work with you to help identify and select the activities that make the most sense for your business and employees.

Authentic Workplace Experiences
P-TECH delivers authentic workplace experiences for its students in partnership with employers. P-TECH coordinators offer strategies and support to limit the burden on employers and increase the educational value of these experiences for students.

All workplace experiences are highly structured and supported by P-TECH staff. While the full range of authentic workplace learning experiences are provided to every student, P-TECH employer partners provide those opportunities that are a good fit with their organization.

10 Possible P-TECH Activities

1.

Serve on a P-TECH Advisory Board or Steering Committee.

2.

Help us map the skills needed for success in high demand occupations in your industry.

3.

 Support P-TECH teachers by being a guest speaker in a classroom or providing opportunities for teachers to experience your workplace.

4.

Provide workplace learning experiences for P-TECH students.

5.

Career Mentoring – a career exploration activity in which a student is matched one-on-one or in small groups with an adult professional in a chosen field of interest to explore potential careers and related educational issues.

6.

Workplace Tour – a career awareness activity in which small groups of students visit a workplace, learn about the business, meet employees, ask questions and observe work in progress.

7.

Job Shadowing – a student is paired with an employee of a P-TECH partner business and follows that employee during much of a regular workday. A Job Shadow provides the student the opportunity to experience the workplace, understand the various roles and duties of an occupation, learn about the business, connect with a working adult and observe work in progress.

8.

Work Experience – a student can develop and demonstrate professional and occupational skills by working for pay with a P-TECH employer. The primary relationship for the student is as an employee. In some cases, schools can offer credit for the experience, for example through the Cooperative Career and Technical Education Work Experience program.

9.

Internship – a student can learn by doing real work and being productively engaged in the workplace. Students may work in teams, rotate through several departments and job functions, or work on a project of interest to the student and productive value to the employer partner. The primary relationship is student to learning with the job being the conduit to the learning.

10.

Workplace Challenge – a career preparation activity where small groups of students (4-6 per team) are engaged in solving a problem or a challenge issued by a P-TECH employer in consultation with a P-TECH classroom teacher.

P-TECH Programs & Partners

P-TECH Programs

SCHOOL
Falcon Tech High School, Longmont

BUSINESS PARTNER
IBM

HIGHER ED PARTNER
Front Range Community College

Approved 2016

SCHOOL
EC@N-STEM, Northglenn

BUSINESS PARTNER
Century Link

HIGHER ED PARTNER
Front Range Community College

Approved 2016

SCHOOL
Canon City High School, Canon City

BUSINESS PARTNER
TechSTART

HIGHER ED PARTNER
Pueblo Community College

Approved 2018

SCHOOL
STEM School Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch

BUSINESS PARTNER
Panther Industries

HIGHER ED PARTNER
Arapahoe Community College

Approved 2018

SCHOOL
Power Technical Early College, Colorado Springs

BUSINESS PARTNER
Consortium of construction companies including: JPM Prototype and Manufacturing Inc., Bal Seal, Allegion, Creative Fabrications, Housing and Building Association

HIGHER ED PARTNER
Pikes Peak Community College

Approved 2015

P-TECH Partners

NAME
Falcon Tech High School, Longmont

EMAIL
IBM

ROLE
Front Range Community College

Approved 2016

NAME
Falcon Tech High School, Longmont

EMAIL
IBM

ROLE
Front Range Community College

Approved 2016

NAME
Full name

EMAIL
email@cs.org

ROLE
New role type here.

Approved 2016

Name, email, phone.