(a) The pathways in technology early college high school model (p-tech) allows students
to graduate from high school with a high school diploma and an industry-recognized
associate degree. Students in a p-tech school may also earn pre-apprenticeship certificates and other
industry-recognized certificates in addition to an associate degree.
(b) The success of p-tech schools depends upon close collaboration between a local
education provider, a community college, and one or more local high-growth industry
(c) The p-tech school model has been recently established in other states, including
New York, Connecticut, and Illinois, and is showing promise; and
(d) Graduating more high school students with career-ready skills to meet Colorado's
workforce needs is part of the state's education and economic development goals.
(2) The general assembly therefore declares that establishing a limited number of
p-tech schools in the state will benefit students and industry in Colorado.
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