P-TECH students connect with IBM mentors, focus on academics and skills for the future

St. Vrain Valley Schools’ inaugural P-TECH class has much to celebrate as their first semester comes to a close. The 50 students enrolled in Skyline High School’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program – known as Falcon TECH – are an outstanding group of students committed to advanced preparation for postsecondary college and career pathways in computer information systems.

P-TECH – a new educational model for Colorado – gives students the opportunity to earn a no-cost Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems alongside their high school diploma. Students enroll in 9th grade and complete the program in 4-6 years. It is a rigorous academic program, individualized to each student’s interests and abilities, that aligns the needs of private industries with high school and college curricula.

"Being in Falcon TECH gives me college experience in my first year of high school,” said Nicholas Gonzalez, a freshman at Skyline High School. “This will get me closer to my dream of being a Software Engineer."

In October, students in the program were joined by 50 IBM professionals for a day of mentorship and learning that included a presentation from Stan Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs and President of IBM International Foundation. During the mentorship event, P-TECH students and their mentors participated in project-based learning and activities designed to build relationships that will continue to mentor and support students as they advance through the program.

For Skyline students like Genesis Vasquez, P-TECH provides a vision and pathway to their future. "With technology taking over the world, I know I will be ahead of my fellow classmates with my tech skills by being in P-TECH," said Vasquez.

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P-TECH is one of many instructional focus opportunities in St. Vrain designed to advance student learning through the delivery of rigorous academics complemented by industry and college experiences that align with 21st century needs. Learn more at http://hsoptions.svvsd.org.