New PTECH high school opens with 70 students

RCTC, in partnership with Rochester Public Schools, IBM, and Mayo Clinic, welcomed 70 new high school students to campus Tuesday as they began their journey towards a high-paying career via the P-TECH 535 school housed here on the RCTC campus.

This innovative collaboration offers students a means towards a career via pathways in nursing and Information Technology (IT). This public-private partnership allows students to take high school and college coursework simultaneously while engaging in industry-guided workforce development.  Students have the opportunity to earn both their high school diploma and a diploma in practical nursing or an associate of applied science in IT.  Students will receive workplace experiences through job shadows, mentors, and a paid internship.

P–TECH is a public-education model that provides high school students from underserved backgrounds with the academic, technical, and professional skills and credentials they need for competitive STEM jobs.

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