Frederick High starts P-TECH program in biomedical sciences
By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Times-Call
Frederick High School is starting St. Vrain Valley's second P-TECH program in the fall, recruiting incoming ninth-graders for the workforce readiness program that combines high school with two years of community college.
opportunity for our students." Students enroll in ninth grade and finish in four to six years. For the fall, Frederick is looking at a class of 35 students.
Students must apply for the program, with preference given to students who would be the first in their family to go to college.
Those who successfully complete the program — they have up to six years — graduate with an associate degree in science from Aims Community College through dual-enrollment.
Frederick High also is working with two industry partners, Tolmar and Agilent Technologies, to provide mentorship and internship opportunities.
St. Vrain was chosen by the state in 2015 to be one of first two school districts to offer the program, which is housed at Longmont's Skyline High School.
Skyline's program is a partnership with Front Range Community College and IBM, with students earning an associate's degree in computer science.
About 125 IBM employees volunteer as mentors, working one-on-one with students and helping with after-school tutoring and workplace visits.
The program just accepted about 70 incoming ninth-graders for the fall, said Skyline High Principal Heidi Ringer. This school year, about 150 students in ninth through 11th grades are taking P-TECH classes.
All freshmen will have taken a college class by the end of the school year, while juniors have earned 29 college credits on average, Ringer said. In total, the students have earned almost 1,800 college credits.
"It's been amazing," she said. "Kids are working really, really hard."