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P-TECH Certificates and Associate Degrees

Earn a certificate or associate degree in a high-demand field and gain the skills you need for a career right out of high school. The P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools) program provides entry-level technical training in IT, construction, manufacturing, health sciences, automotive, and welding.

How to Apply

Contact your high school counselor to inquire about the different P-TECH opportunities available at your school or complete the interest form to find out more information.

Follow these steps to start working on your career certificate:

  1. Meet with your high school counselor to review requirements.
  2. Apply to the P-TECH program that interests you most.
  3. Submit your ACC application.
  4. Complete the online orientation and pass the assessment at the end with a score of 80% or higher.
  5. Register for P-TECH classes.

Benefits of the P-TECH Program

Entering the workforce after graduation or going from high school to college is exciting for students, but getting started can feel overwhelming. Austin Community College’s High School Programs help you take the first step by gaining college credits and confidence before you graduate. 

Clear Career Pathways

Gain a clear pathway to a career with P-TECH.  These programs align education with workforce needs in high-demand careers in fields like IT. You’ll gain skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to succeed in college and in the workforce.

Career Preparation

Gain industry-specific skills and be job-ready when you graduate high school. You’ll work with Austin’s top employers in ACC’s top career training programs and be able to participate in internships and mentorships with partner companies. 

High School Completion

Earn your high school diploma and your certificate at the same time. You can save time and money as you prepare for a job or continue your education at ACC or another school. 

Networking Opportunities

Build professional relationships with industry professionals. Meet with potential employers and mentors. All of this can happen as a high school student, giving you a leg up on job and career prospects. 

Ready to Learn More?

Get started on your P-TECH journey. Find out more about this program by completing the interest form here.

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