Pathways to Technology Early College HS magnet

 

Pathways to Technology Early College HS magnet (P-TECH) at Garland High School is a program that provides students with technical and workplace skills as well as college credit opportunities. While getting their high school diploma students can earn up to 60 free college hours and have the potential to earn an Associate’s degree in Pre-Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, or Advanced Manufacturing.  Specific student skills will be highlighted with industry certificates in their related fields.  

P-TECH at Garland High School shall serve all students and specifically enroll diverse groups that include students who are underrepresented in college courses.

Students must apply to participate in this program during the magnet application window. For more important dates and details, please visit the the district Magnet page.

What is a P-TECH?

P-TECH stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. P-TECH graduates earn:

  • a high school diploma
  • an industry-recognized associate degree, and
  • relevant work experience in a growing field.

 

What are the requirements to enroll?

The application is open to all incoming 9th grade students. Up to 125 students will be selected.

What kind of degree can I earn?

GHS P-TECH students have three degree options:

  • Associate of Science in Pre-Engineering
  • Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing

What does it cost?

There is no cost to students or their families for tuition or books.

How much can I save?

The average cost of an associate degree with Dallas College is $6,000!

What does it mean to be a P-TECH student?

Freshmen and sophomore students enroll in cohort honors and dual credit courses at GHS. Juniors and seniors take more dual credit courses and attend some classes at Dallas College - Richland Campus. 

Why Pre-Engineering?

This associate degree program is designed for you to continue your education in a four-year program to receive your Bachelor's in Engineering.  For more information about Richland's Engineering-Related Programs, please click here.

Why Electrical Engineering Technology?

Electrical engineering technicians work closely with electrical engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing services, the federal government, research and development labs, and the utilities industry.  Average earnings in this field are an estimated $64,330 a year (Bureau of Labor Statistics).  Students wanting to go directly to the workforce after high school have the option of working toward a Level One Certificate as well.  To learn more about this program from Richland, click here.

Why Advanced Manufacturing?

Students completing this program can find themselves employed in the functional areas of quality assurance, plant management, materials handling, industrial safety, systems planning, or computer integrated manufacturing.  Average earnings in this field are an estimated $59,000 a year (Department of Labor Statistics).  Students wanting to go directly to the workforce after high school have the option of working toward a Level One Certificate as well.  To learn more about this program from Richland, click here.

Who should I contact?

Magnet Advisor: Timothy Schmidt
Assistant Principal: Ashley  Wong
Counselor: Christi Adams

Information about Garland ISD magnet programs

GISD Magnet Program Overview 
GISD Magnet Program Application Process & Timelines
GISD Magnet Program Frequently Asked Questions 

 

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