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  • Why should you consider applying for the NTCSD P-TECH Program?
    Joining a P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program that culminates in earning an associate's degree in computer science and computer information systems offers numerous advantages for high school students:
    • Advanced Education: P-TECH provides an opportunity for students to earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree simultaneously. This sets them ahead academically and professionally.
    • Career Readiness: By focusing on computer science and information systems, students gain practical skills sought after in today's job market. This hands-on learning prepares them for entry-level roles in the tech industry.
    • Cost-Efficient Pathway: Attaining an associate's degree while in high school means reduced college tuition expenses for students and their families. Our P-TECH program is tuition-free, saving on the cost of higher education.
    • Industry Partnerships: Our P-TECH program is designed in collaboration with industry partner Ingram Micro, allowing students access to internships, mentorships, and networking opportunities with professionals in the field.
    • Seamless Transition to Higher Education: After earning your associate's degree, students can continue their education at a four-year institution if they choose, with the potential to transfer credits and complete a bachelor's degree in a shorter time frame.
    • Job Opportunities: Completing the program positions students favorably for a range of tech-related job opportunities. The demand for skilled professionals in computer science and information systems continues to grow, offering a variety of career paths.
    • Skill Development: P-TECH equips students not only with technical skills but also with critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills—valuable in any career.
    • Diverse Learning Environment: P-TECH programs often foster diversity and inclusion, exposing students to a range of perspectives and experiences within the tech industry.
    • Supportive Environment: This program provides structured support systems, including academic advising, counseling, and mentorship, to ensure students succeed academically and personally.
    • Future-proofing Careers: Technology continues to evolve rapidly. Obtaining skills in computer science and information systems early on sets students on a path to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing job market.

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The ideal student:

    •  - Is interested in real world applications of math, science, and communications
    •  - Is interested in using math and science to solve challenging problems
    •  - Is willing to put forth the effort to obtain a college degree
    •  - Is interested in early access to college courses
    •  - Is interested in workplace internships while in high school


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