College and Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM)

Preparing Texas high school students for a successful future

For more than a decade, Educate Texas has helped historically underserved students develop technical skills, earn dual college credit and pursue in-demand career paths. Now, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the organization is applying its experience to better prepare high school students for the future through College and Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM).

Offering greater choice in career readiness

Established in August 2017, the CCRSM network brings together two proven models — Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) and Early College High School (ECHS) — and two newer models — Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) and Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) under a single umbrella of support. ICIA campuses provide pathways to help fill the career pipeline in specific industries designated by the Office of the Texas Governor. The P-TECH model offers students the opportunity to complete a course of study that combines high school and post-secondary courses, and the opportunity to earn a two-year post-secondary certificate or industry certification and complete work-based training within six years.

Targeted Support

As the TEA’s designated technical assistance provider, Educate Texas provides assistance to more than 350 designated campuses across Texas by:

  1. Providing tailored coaching — on-site and virtually — for each campus to address specific leadership team needs
  2. Creating an integrated network of college and career readiness schools that can share best practices and help identify and resolve challenges
  3. Establishing communication tools across the network to better highlight successes and share learning
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The Early College High School (ECHS) model blends high school and college coursework to let students earning a high school diploma simultaneously earn up to two years (60 hours) of college credit — tuition-free. The program puts higher education within reach of many students and helps them prepare for a college environment.

Since early 2017, Educate Texas has partnered with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to support Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) grantees across Texas in addressing key workforce pathways in high-demand fields throughout the state.

The Texas STEM initiative creates secondary schools that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The driving force behind T-STEM is the fact that job opportunities in STEM fields are growing, yet most Texas students — especially low-income and minority students — lack adequate exposure to the subjects needed to succeed in these fields. T-STEM connects students with rigorous content to sharpen their working knowledge of these subjects. Just as importantly, it builds context and relevance by demonstrating how T-STEM fits into real-world careers.