P-TECH students during National Nurses Week, 2019
Educating the Future Nursing Workforce
Offered through high schools and community colleges nationwide, Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) allows students to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree and gain relevant work experience in a growing field. Each P-TECH school works with industry partners and a local community college to ensure an up-to-date curriculum that is academically rigorous and economically relevant.
The partner schools create a seamless program for students to acquire the academic and workplace skills that employers need. Students take high school and college coursework simultaneously and engage in industry-guided workforce development.
UMSON is collaborating with P-TECH Healthcare at Dunbar High School in West Baltimore and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) to introduce the first nursing pathway to P-TECH students in Maryland. In six years or fewer, students graduate with a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year associate degree in nursing from BCCC. These students are mentored and encouraged on their journey to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (and beyond!) at UMSON. P-TECH nursing students begin taking college courses at BCCC the summer after their freshman year of high school.
Based on a model developed by IBM and geared toward careers in technology, the state of Maryland expanded the P-TECH focus to include careers in health care, including nursing.