Proposed P-Tech Early College High School could be a ‘game changer’

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A proposed Dallas ISD P-Tech (Pathways to Technology) Early College High School has the potential to be a game changer for the Seagoville community and Dallas ISD students, district officials say.

If approved by the Texas Education Agency, Dallas ISD would launch the first P-Tech Early College High School program in Texas at Seagoville High School next fall. In collaboration with an industry partner—AT&T—and Eastfield College, the school would offer three pathways and degree plans for students: Electronics/Computer Technology, which would offer a basic electronics technology certificate; Computer Information Technology, which would offer a software programmer/developer assistant certificate; and Business Administration, which would offer a certificate in human resources.

Students would be able to earn up to 60 college credit hours or an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science through the program.

“The P-Tech Early College High School would be a game changer for the students, their families, and the greater Seagoville community because it would provide an opportunity for students to secure a well-paying job in a high-demand field out of high school,” Dallas ISD Deputy Chief Israel Cordero said. “This school would prepare students for a very bright future.”

As the industry partner, AT&T would mentor students, provide skills mapping, and offer internships to students during their 11th– and 12th-grade year. The internships could potentially lead to full-time positions that would start with a competitive salary.

There are approximately 60 P-Tech Early College High Schools in the nation.

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