To learn more about the individual programs at Hightower and Willowridge High Schools, please click on the P-TECH at Hightower and P-TECH at Willowridge buttons on the top left side of this page.
What is Pathways in Technology Early College High School?
The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) model is designed to ensure that high school curriculum focuses on workforce needs and partnerships that support students in obtaining credentials, degrees and certificates. With the support of Educate Texas and the Texas Education Agency (TEA), participating schools target thriving industries in their region, to address key workforce pathways in high-demand fields. The P-TECH Model course of study gives students an opportunity to:
- earn an associate degree while earning their high school diploma
- earn a two-year postsecondary certificate or industry certification
- complete work-based training
- gain work experience through internships, apprenticeships, or other job training programs
"Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) provide students with a seamless path from high school, to post-secondary education, to employment. They also engage in work-based education at every grade level, such as internships, apprenticeships, or other forms of job training programs."
The P-TECH at Hightower High School and Willowridge High School will enable students to begin their college and professional lives more quickly and with more support. Graduates of P-TECH have the opportunity to earn an Applied Associate of Science degree and leave high school with the skills and knowledge they need in order to continue onto a four-year Bachelor's of Applied Science degree, or step seamlessly into competitive, high demand jobs. P-TECH at Hightower High School will offer an Associate of Applied Science in Health Science and P-TECH at Willowridge High School will offer an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming.
Pathways in Technology is open to all students, and is designed to support students who:
- might be the first in their family to attend college
- want to attend college but need a no-cost solution
- are motivated to challenge themselves with in depth college-level course work and internships
- are comfortable in smaller classes focused on academics and workplace learning
- are open to accept career focused academic guidance from dedicated, collegiate teachers and professors
- are interested in student-driven clubs and other activities
- live in the Fort Bend Independent School District
Learn more about ECHS and PTECH:
Informational meetings about Early College High School and PTECH programs will begin September of of each school year with visits to all middle schools, and community events for parents and families will begin in October. Stay tuned for updates about these events.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I apply for Pathways in Technology Early College High School(P-TECH)?
Who will be eligible to apply for P-TECH?
How are students selected for P-TECH?
If I am a student, do I need my parent’s permission to apply?
Can students outside FBISD attend P-TECH?
Are there grade requirements in order to be eligible for acceptance to P-TECH
Is there a cost to students or their families for college classes or certifications?
Will transportation be provided to P-TECH programs?
Will every P-TECH student receive a college degree?
Will every P-TECH student receive college credit?
What type of degree will P-TECH students graduate with?
Will college credits transfer to a 2 or 4-year college or university?
Is it possible for students to earn more than the required hours of college credit for degree completion, while in high school?
Is the P-TECH program like financial aid?
What if a student is not prepared for college classes?
Hightower P-TECH Early College High School
Dr. Sharon Delesbore
Assistant Principal/ Program Dean
Willowridge P-TECH Early College High School
Dr. Efrem Pierce
FBISD High School Programs Coordinator