Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Criminal Minds


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no cost to the student or their family. All tuition, books, and fees are paid for by PVACC while the student is enrolled in P-TECH.

There are no prerequisites required for this program.



PVACC P-TECH students will take all courses on campus their freshman year. Beginning their sophomore year, students will be taking classes through dual enrollment at Del Mar College.
College credits earned through P-TECH may be transferred to a public college or university in Texas. Credits could be transferred to out-of-state public and private colleges or universities depending on the individual institution’s credit transfer policies.

P-TECH teachers and support teams are dedicated to support student achievement. Students are taught organizational and study strategies that include notetaking and time-management skills. Students receive individualized support plans based on academic need. College and career advising is also provided to discuss and plan future career and educational options and opportunities.

PVACC is a Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) assessment site and will provide opportunities throughout the year for students to take the TSIA assessment.