Our Vision and Mission
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. This means that Idaho has a major gap between skills/education and employment.
Idaho PTECH (Pathways To Early Career High School) is designed to bridge that gap through our collaborative network of learning opportunities 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.
But finding the right career and learning opportunities during and after high school is challenging. PTECH connects Idaho's youth to career exploration, virtual mentoring, guidance through technical training and dual credit coursework, access to industry professionals, and valuable employability skills that will propel students toward well-paying careers in high-demand, high-growth Idaho industries.
Current PTECH-supported industries include aerospace, technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing (with more on the way!).
PTECH's 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.
STUDENT SUPPORT AT EVERY STAGE
Changes are part of growing up. Idaho PTECH’s support keeps pace with students through three key transitions:
WHERE DID PTECH ORIGINATE?
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 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 postsecondary education
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.
Current high growth Idaho job industries include technology, healthcare, aerospace and advanced manufacturing.