ABOUT the IDAHO PTECH network
The Idaho PTECH Network (Pathways To Early Career High School) is a pilot program funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. Its mission is to bridge the gap between education and industry by providing students with the credentials and skills needed to secure well-paying jobs in Idaho’s high growth industries while giving businesses access to a qualified pipeline of employees.
RESHAPING IDAHO'S FUTURE, TOGETHER
By 2018, 61% of jobs in Idaho will require a technical certificate or advanced degree—but only a third of residents will be qualified to take them.
The Idaho PTECH Network is designed to bridge that gap through our collaborative network of high schools, colleges, and employers.
By connecting the dots between student and employer needs, we put successful careers within reach of students, and create a pipeline of qualified candidates for employers.
STUDENT SUPPORT AT EVERY STAGE
Changes are part of growing up. Idaho PTECH’s support keeps pace with students through three key transitions:
WHAT IS PTECH?
PTECH stands for Pathways To Early Career High School. Our network is based on the career-focused model of the original PTECH school in Brooklyn, NY—but it reflects the unique geography, resources, culture, and students of Idaho.
Who is PTECH for?
A NEW MODEL FOR THE MAJORITY
Idaho PTECH introduces the middle 50% of high school students to new career options. Students in this group:
Are on track to graduate, but may not feel successful in a traditional classroom
Struggle to find connections between education and real life
Need to see a clear benefit before committing to college
Many PTECH students learn best through experiences and have the potential to excel at hands-on and interpersonal skills that can go unrecognized in a classroom.
Our collaboration with educators and employers paves the way for students to turn theses abilities and interests into the valuable professional-technical skills that will get them a job.