THE IDAHO PTECH NETWORK

Connecting the dots between learning
and employment.

A day in the life of a PTECH student.

We have developed some initial ideas as to what the Idaho PTECH experience might look like for students. 


PTECH is High school + College + Job placement

PTECH is High school + College + Job placement


STUDENT MINDSET 

9th and 10th graders are interested in exploring options, doing what their friends are doing, and not making commitments.

 

IN HIGH SCHOOL   

Subscribing schools offer all  students career-based enrichment through events such as Career Exploration with the PTECH trucks (which bring activities and Q+As with employers), Pathways Day (an intensive hands-on fair focused on PTECH careers) and through career navigation tools for students in the online PTECH Portal.

TRANSITION 1: JUMP ON A PATH

Students take regular high school classes, and those who are interested or recommended (by teachers) for PTECH, apply in the spring of 10th grade.   Students choose a 3 or 4 year pathway that will take place concurrently with high school through 12th grade, and then move to a community college for an additional 1-2 years, dependent on the package. PTECH ensures job placement at the conclusion of each of the six PTECH Packages, in aerospace, health care, or IT industries.

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PTECH TRUCK

A fleet of PTECH trucks ensures that PTECH Pathways reach all students in Idaho, from urban to rural residents. Each truck, sponsored by an industry partner, features exhibits, tools, and hands-on equipment relevant to the careers in the pathway. Over the course of several-day stops at each school, students can board the trucks and get a sense of what each pathway offers. Industry talks, a gallery of student work across the state, and events bring the excitement of each pathways to students.

 
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PTECH PATHWAY DAY

While the trucks are sponsored by industry pathways, PTECH ‘owns’ and hosts Pathway Day at each subscribing school. Pathway Day is a hands-on, active, immersive reinvention of Career Day directed especially at 9th, 10th, and 11th graders—so they can get to know the pathways and what each one offers. Pathway Day includes time with industry representatives, activities such as CPR refreshers and One Hour Coding classes. It also includes an introduction to PTECH diagnostic and career navigation tools. Parents and students alike are welcome—and the event is open to the community.

 
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PTECH ENROLLMENT

When a student submits an application to PTECH in March of the 10th grade, s/he also is accepted into college as well. Itís a moment of inspirationóand a time for families to be proud. By welcoming students to college at this time, the process is simplified and communicates to students that PTECH will support them through the 5-6 years. Additionally, if students will need to change locations for their pathwayís hands-on college coursework in the +1 year, theyíll know in advance and can plan around it.


STUDENT MINDSET 

11th and 12th graders are pragmatic, worried about how theyíll get jobs, and eager to impress their friends. 

 

IN HIGH SCHOOL   

Students start PTECH in the fall of junior year; they enroll in a PTECH Package. During 11th and 12th grade, they take a mix of regular high school courses/electives, and general ed and degree-specific dual credit, all at the high school. PTECH students have slightly different schedules, because their dual credit courses are either taught by a high school teacher, or taken online (synchronously) with other PTECH students in a computer lab supported by a PTECH facilitator. 

Throughout, the PTECH Portal helps students navigate the program. They use it to check in, explore on the job training options, track their progress, and communicate with other PTECH students and advisors. PTECH guides students and parents alike through the process of getting financial aid to pay for the last year or two of school.

TRANSITION 1: STAY ON A PATH

At the end of 12th grade, students graduate from high school—but with the added bonus of also having completed several college credits—in some cases students can get certificates at the same time. They don’t need to apply to college, because enrollment in PTECH includes enrollment in community college. To ensure that students stick with PTECH, they’re placed in on the job training for at least part of the summer between 12th grade and their +1 year.


PTECH Facilitator

PTECH trains teachers at partner schools to serve as the official PTECH Facilitators. These teachers facilitate group activities, such as the Challenge of the Months, and guide students as they self pace through their online classes. They also serve as the official PTECH representatives for the school, educating staff and students about the program as well as encouraging cohort building among PTECH students. 


VIRTUAL PTECH ADVISING

The PTECH Advisor is a dedicated personal resource committed to helping students stay on their path.  When students enroll in PTECH in the beginning of 11th grade, they ëmeetí their PTECH Advisor, who will helps them navigate their chosen pathwayó from social aspects to coursework and financial aid, to the shift to more independence as they more college courses. PTECH Advisors get to know students on a personal levelóthrough videoconferencing (typically). 


COHORT-BUILDING: THE PTECH PULSE & PROBLEM OF THE WEEK

Develop unique PTECH touchpoints to create continuity in the student experience and build community statewide. The PTECH Pulse is a mobile app that engages students in moments of reflection and see how theyíre doing. The Problem of the Week is a real-world challenge to be done in teams. Use mobile devices and the PTECH Portal to visualize and share student responsesóand create a sense of connection.


PTECH Portal

Imagine a Placement Coach, a full-time PTECH employee, who builds a network of employers with whom to match PTECH students. This role would understand both employer needs and students’ potential, and align them appropriately. 


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What if PTECH offered unique electives designed by industry experts? Instead of offering credits, students could earn job-centric rewards: face-to-face interviews, their resume at the top of the stack, or preference in securing a popular internship.


STUDENT MINDSET 

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IN COLLEGE

The third year (and sometimes fourth year) of PTECH is all about hands-on, industry-relevant learning. Though they’ve finished high school, students are still a part of PTECH—which has automatically enrolled them in a college program, and brokered the fees. For many, this will mean moving to Coeur d’Alene to take courses at NIC.   On a college campus, PTECH students have a head start due to their dual credits. The student community is anchored at the PTECH Lounge, which offers resources and a place to gather. Students stay in touch with their Advisors, but they also meet—virtually or in person—a Placement Coach, who’s dedicated to finding the right job for each PTECH student.

TRANSITION 1: GET A JOB

Depending on the PTECH Package, students take tests for industry-relevant certificates after their first year in college, or stay to get an AAS degree.  Working with the Placement Coach supports students through one of the biggest transitions—out of PTECH and into a job. The Placement Coach builds a network of employers across the state and works with each student to identify a good fit. Students can look at available jobs online in the Portal, set up a portfolio, and apply for internships or apprenticeships if they’re interested too. Once they’ve been placed in a job, the Placement Coach checks in with students for the first 90 days to make sure they’re doing well.


COHORT BUILDING: PTECH LOUNGE

The PTECH Lounge is a dedicated space at community college for PTECH students to gather, do work, and meet with advisors and placement coaches—whether online or in person. Students can take online courses at the lounge (or in person), as well as develop study skills and meet other students in their pathways. The Lounge creates a sense of continuity and a ‘homebase’ for students as they segue into more college courses.


ON THE JOB EXPERIENCE

Internships, job shadowing, or even apprenticeships are a big part of every PTECH Package—so that students have a chance to gain on the job experience. These might happen at different times, but there will be a focus on placing all PTECH students in internships during the summer between 12th and +1 years, as a focused way to support this sometimes-challenging transition. Placement Coaches will help match students with available internships.


ON THE JOB EXPERIENCE

Internships, job shadowing, or even apprenticeships are a big part of every PTECH Package—so that students have a chance to gain on the job experience. These might happen at different times, but there will be a focus on placing all PTECH students in internships during the summer between 12th and +1 years, as a focused way to support this sometimes-challenging transition. Placement Coaches will help match students with available internships.


ON THE JOB EXPERIENCE

Internships, job shadowing, or even apprenticeships are a big part of every PTECH Package—so that students have a chance to gain on the job experience. These might happen at different times, but there will be a focus on placing all PTECH students in internships during the summer between 12th and +1 years, as a focused way to support this sometimes-challenging transition. Placement Coaches will help match students with available internships.