D51, WCCC announce P-TECH expansion

D51, WCCC announce P-TECH expansion
Posted on 02/18/2021
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Grand Junction, CO - School District 51 and Western Colorado Community College are excited to announce that more schools and more degree pathways are being added to our P-TECH programming in partnership with our business partners at Community Hospital, FCI, and ProVelocity!

P-TECH, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, is a Colorado program that gives high school students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in tandem with a high school diploma without having to pay any tuition. A major goal of P-TECH is to enroll more students in successful programs that will take them to high-demand careers. These programs are geared toward all students, including students who never thought about going to college before, especially if they thought they could not afford it. 

Central High School became the seventh school in the state to offer P-TECH in the fall of 2019, with associate’s pathways in machining, welding, mechatronics, and mechanical engineering technology. Grand Junction High School and the Career Center will be added to District 51’s roster of schools offering P-TECH programming in the fall of 2021. GJHS students who apply and are accepted into the P-TECH program will have the opportunity to earn an associate’s in a medical or information technology program, and the Career Center will have a P-TECH construction pathway. Specific associate’s programs are listed below.

Associate’s programs for GJHS P-TECH students
Information and Communication Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Assistant
Veterinary Technology

Associate’s programs for P-TECH Career Center students
Construction Electrical
Construction Technology
Electric Lineworker
Land Surveying and Geomatics

At a press conference today announcing the P-TECH expansion, GJHS Assistant Principal Jared Burek said P-TECH will offer students a well-rounded education.

“At Grand Junction High School, we really pride ourselves on having an array of choices for students, so we’re very excited the expansion of these P-TECH programs provides Grand Junction High School the opportunity to have these choices for our students,” Mr. Burek said.

Career Center Principal Cam Wyatt said P-TECH students will have a lot of hard work ahead of them, paired with a lot of opportunities.

“This is a great day for the D51 Career Center,” he said.

P-TECH programs are available only to students enrolled in the high school offering their P-TECH pathway of choice. The Career Center is a unique opportunity, in that students from any D51 high school can also enroll in the Career Center. Theirs will be the first district-wide P-TECH pathway in the state.

Interested students can apply online on the school's website or reach out to D51 Career and College Readiness Director Cheri Taylor at [email protected]. Students can also contact Principal Cam Wyatt at Career Center, Counselor Kerri Spore at Central, or Counselor Chris Mack at GJHS. The Central application can be found here and the GJHS application can be found here. For the Career Center application process, call 970-254-6000.

Students can complete a P-TECH pathway in four to six years. While they can begin P-TECH as late as their senior year, it is best to start by sophomore year and have at least one mod at WCCC by junior or senior year. 

D51 and WCCC plan to continue adding associate’s programs in the future.

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