Frederick High starts P-TECH program in biomedical sciences

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.

Frederick's P-TECH, or Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, program will focus on biomedical sciences. "We're really excited," said St. Vrain P-TECH Executive Director Brandon Shaffer. "We're the first district in the state to have more than one P-TECH program. It's an extraordinary
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.]