The Idaho PTECH Network (“Pathways to Technology, Early College High School”) announced today that it has partnered with InsideTrack to support high school students enrolled in the PTECH program through the process of successfully completing their studies and transitioning to their first job. This marks the first time that the PTECH and InsideTrack models have been combined to address skill gaps across a state.
During the beta year of the partnership, which begins in August 2014, InsideTrack will work with about 150 juniors and seniors across eight high schools to strengthen their academic performance and life skills while they explore potential career paths in the fields of technology, aerospace/advanced manufacturing and healthcare and prepare for a transition to participating colleges. InsideTrack will also provide program design, operational advice and analytics services to support the development and expansion of the Idaho PTECH program in the coming years.
According to Alan Millar, executive director of Idaho PTECH Network, the program introduces the middle fifty-percent of high school students in the state to new career options in these high value careers.
“Our partnership with InsideTrack will enhance our ability to help these students turn their unique abilities and interests into the valuable professional-technical skills that will get them a job, along with providing the workplace skills to be successful in that job.” says Millar. “Their coaching model is ideal for a state like ours, where students have difficultly accessing resources and support, since it leverages a combination of telephone, web and mobile communications to keep students on track.”
InsideTrack’s programs are used by leading higher education institutions to increase student completion and employment rates and to support prospective students in making informed decisions during the college enrollment process. The partnership with Idaho PTECH represents a unique opportunity to bring the same capabilities to a high school setting.
“The goal of the Idaho PTECH Network is to provide all Idaho students with a clear path from high school to college to meaningful employment in high value jobs. We are excited to pioneer the use of Inside Tracks proven model in secondary education in Idaho to provide access to a better life and build a sustainable program for high school students anywhere in Idaho,” says Millar.
“InsideTrack’s expertise is working with institutions to mass-personalize the student experience and improve outcomes,” says Dave Jarrat, vice president of marketing at InsideTrack. “We’re passionate about unlocking human potential and excited to be working with an innovative organization like Idaho PTECH to help high school students explore alternative paths into the workforce.”
About Idaho PTECH
The Idaho PTECH Network (“Pathways to Technology, Early College High School”) is a partnership between industry, high schools and community colleges that prepares students for careers in Idaho’s high growth industries, including aerospace/ advanced manufacturing, technology and healthcare. Idaho’s high growth industries are in need of qualified employees. PTECH puts students on a path that includes careful selection of high school courses, online college courses taken while in high school, community college degree and certificate programs, and on site internships. The program produces qualified graduates ready to fill well-paying jobs that meet the needs of Idaho’s employers.
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