Episd offers a new early college program for high school students

EL PASO, Texas — The El Paso Independent School District welcomed more than 50,000 students this week.

The district is kicking off the school year with brand new facilities and programs for high school students.

Pathways in Technology Early College High School or P-Tech helps students get closer to earning a college degree before they graduate from high school.

P-Tech students can earn college credits or credits and an associate’s degree or industry certifications after graduation.

So far, it’s only offered to students at El Paso, Franklin, Coronado, and Jefferson high schools.

Each school focuses on different areas of study like medical sciences, business, and computer science. El Paso Community College and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso are just two of EpiSD’s partners for this program.

“Think of an academic major, (a) area of ​​interest, and that provides a student with the opportunity to learn in their major,” said Melissa Martinez, spokesperson for EPISD.

“We try to provide students with very dynamic portfolio services that meet their needs and that they will have access to different programs no matter where they live in our community,” she said. “Whatever school they go to, they are going to have a menu of services there that will better suit their interests and help them navigate college and their careers after leaving our schools. .”

EpiSD also unveiled new campuses like the new Don Haskins PK-8 School, the new Coach Archie Duran Elementary School, and Burges High School renovations.

Faculty and staff also supervise more students, as several schools are consolidated into MacArthur and Dr. Torres Elementary School.

Safety is a priority for PISD as they continue their contact tracing protocols, but so is everyone’s well-being, as this week the focus will remain on how to acclimate everyone. to a new standard.

For an overview of the Episd back-to-school plan, Click here.

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