In May 2016, Governor Larry Hogan announced planning grants to support the development of six new Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, more commonly known as P-TECH schools, in Maryland. Through partnerships between schools, local community colleges, and businesses, P-TECH graduates can earn both a high school diploma and an Associate Degree.
"Every child in Maryland deserves access to a world-class education and P-TECH is truly innovative" said Governor Hogan. “By blending high school, college, and workplace experience, P-TECH students will master in-demand skills, and employers will benefit from a steady pipeline of skilled professionals.”
Two P-TECH sites opened in Baltimore City in the 2016-2017 school year at Carver High School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Additional P-TECH sites opened in the 2017-2018 school year in Prince George's County Public Schools at Frederick Douglass High School in partnership with Prince George's Community College and Allegany County Public Schools in partnership with Allegany College. In the 2018-2019 school year Baltimore County Public Schools established a P-TECH site at Dundalk High School and Montgomery County Public Schools opened a P-TECH site at Clarksburg High School.
The P-TECH education model, co-developed by IBM, is an innovative, nationally recognized approach that blends high school, college, and work experience. In six years or less, students graduate with a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year Associate Degree. These students will also benefit from career experience and mentorship in the workplace and will be first-in-line for skilled jobs upon graduation through partnerships with private sector participants. Each P-TECH school works with industry partners and a local community college to ensure an up-to-date curriculum that is academically rigorous and economically relevant.
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