The official designation site of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) and Industry Cluster and Innovative Academies (ICIA).

The P-TECH/ICIA Blueprint

In June of 2018, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) implemented the new Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools and Industry Cluster and Innovative Academies (P-TECH/ICIA) design Blueprint. The purpose of the P-TECH/ICIA model is to provide students with a seamless path from high school, to post-secondary education, to employment. In a P-TECH/ICIA, students earn a high school diploma and work credentials, including certifications and licenses, and education credentials, which include educational certificates, diplomas, and degrees. They also engage in work-based education at every grade level, such as internships, apprenticeships, or other forms of job training programs.

Schools seeking P-TECH/ICIA designation must engage in one year of planning (known as the “Planning Year”) with the support of a TEA selected technical assistance provider, Educate Texas, prior to being designated as a P-TECH/ICIA.  Existing P-TECH/ICIA designees must reapply annually for P-TECH/ICIA designation renewal and demonstrate they are meeting the Blueprint design elements and outcomes-based measures (OBMs). TEA will continue to evaluate the Blueprint and incorporate stakeholder feedback to support schools. The Blueprint will ensure that schools fulfill P-TECH/ICIA requirements with fidelity of implementation. 

  • The 2020-2021 P-TECH Planning Year Application is open and will close November 22, 2019.
  • The 2020-2021 P-TECH Renewal Application will open November 18, 2019.

Planning Year Information

Technical Assistance Webinar

The technical assistance webinar was held Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

Designation Renewal Information

Ready to renew?

Designated P-TECH/ICIA campuses must reapply for designation every academic year. Campuses can only apply for designation renewal if they held designation status in the current academic year.


Need help?

To access the instructions for completing a P-TECH/ICIA designation application, visit the Guidelines page.


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Designated Schools:

  • Receive recognition as an approved P-TECH/ICIA Campus
  • Are invited to participate in P-TECH/ICIA convenings
  • Gain membership in the P-TECH/ICIA Network
  • Are eligible for flexible school day program
  • Have access to resources (e.g., technical assistance, professional development, research-based best practices outlined in the Blueprint)

Frequently Asked Questions

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