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Pathways in Technology Early College High School, more commonly known as P-TECH, is a program involving innovative public schools offering a high school diploma and an industry focused two-year associates degree—at no cost. The model for grades nine-14 incorporates academic, technical and workplace skills to satisfy a growing demand for skilled workers through the partnership of high schools, local community colleges and businesses. The idea is to provide a direct path from high school to college to career to ensure a steady pipeline of educated professionals.
In Maryland, there are a number of second chance programs offered that provide training to ex-offenders to get them ready to re-enter the workforce or to enter it for the first time. Employment increases an ex-offenders likelihood of achieving success in all areas of life and reduces recidivism.
These programs throughout the state are equipping individuals with the specific skills they need for targeted careers and are helping to break down barriers to employment. Through rigorous training, apprenticeship placement and more, these second chance programs are benefiting both the individuals and the state.
Externships help teachers tie real-world working experiences to their curriculum. With exposure to the skills it takes to succeed in a particular discipline, teachers can bring unique insights into their classroom that will benefit students preparing for their future in those specific areas. Businesses also have the opportunity to offer input for curriculum, thus supporting their future workforce.