The Innovation Department aims to serve the JISD community in three ways:
by expanding the number of inventive, imaginative school options available to students;
raising the percentage of students in high-quality, best-fit campuses; and
increasing the academic achievement of all students.
The department is launching its newest innovative campus, Pathways and Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), in the fall of 2023.
The P-TECH program at JudsonHigh School is in partnership with Alamo Colleges and other industry partners with a mission to create industry and college pathways for students focused on in-demand careers. When the program launches in the fall, it will offer three specialty programs: Automotive: Collision Repair, Pre-Dental and Pre-Nursing.
P-TECHs are innovative open-enrollment high schools that offer a career focus with a work-based education. Through the open-enrollment high school, students have the opportunity to receive both a high school diploma and a credential and/or an associate degree. After the announcement of the upcoming launch, P-TECH received over 100 applications from students across the district.
The Pre-Nursing program has an agreement with Northeast Methodist Hospital, which will allow students to visit the hospital in groups of 10, accompanied by a teacher.
The innovative open-enrollment programs are open to students across the district, not just at the school a student is zoned for, and the district will provide transportation from the closest high school to the P-TECH program.
By: Cass Garza, Intern, UTSA
Source: Story by Summer El-Shahawy with Community Impact’s Storytelling team