P-TECH stands for PATHWAYS IN TECHNOLOGY EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL. As part of the program, students will choose a career path and take courses that provide academic, technical and workplace skills that are attractive to employers. The P-TECH program provides flexible, individualized scheduling that allows students to earn their high school diploma in addition to the opportunity to earn up to 60 credit hours, along with industry-based certifications for their selected career pathway. The P-TECH program can expose students to opportunities that can potentially lead to paid internships and job placement after graduation. Best of all, this opportunity comes tuition-free.
While all students will have access to the program, the core mission of P-TECH is to give prospective first-generation and other students typically underrepresented in higher education a no-cost option to earn a two-year college degree and post-secondary certifications, allowing them to go into the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university. Students will have a structured environment that will provide adequate support to ensure successful completion of the college courses.
PVACC will be offering a pathway in Criminal Justice called Criminal Minds. Students will be able to earn an International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) certification; a Non-Commissioned Security Officer Level II Industry-Based Certification, or an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.