Know a student who’d be interested in a skills-based high school experience? They have options.
Early college high schools, also known as dual-enrollment programs, like P-TECH (Pathways to Technology Early College) schools and CTE (Career and Technical Education) schools, prepare high schoolers with technical skills so they can accelerate their path to further their education and make an early entrance in the workforce.
Duration: 6 years or less
Earn college credits while you're still in high school. Find a community college near you that offers early college or dual enrollment programs.
P-TECH schools partner with tech companies to educate students in STEM disciplines like engineering and computers. Grades span from 9-14 and students graduate with an associate’s degree.
Bard Early Colleges partner with public school districts to offer high school students tuition-free courses so they can graduate with an associate’s degree in either liberal arts or science. Find a high school or college center near you.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools focus on training for specific trades and vocations by career and industry “clusters.” All clusters follow a common core curriculum so that students enter their trades trained by industry standards. If your student knows what career they want to explore, you can talk to a school guidance counselor or search for a CTE school nearby.
4 questions to find a path for your career today
1. Are you looking for a brand-new career, or a better job in a field you already know?
2. If you were to start on a path to your ideal career today, how much time could you devote to learning new skills or mastering skills you have already?
3. Are you eligible for programs offered to veterans and families of veterans?
4. Do you have a high school diploma or high school equivalency, or are you already on the path to getting one? (Want to skip this? Just click “Next.”)