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Edison P-TECH

EDISON P-TECH MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of P-TECH at Thomas Edison High School, in partnership with San Antonio College and industry professionals, is to create workforce pathways for students focused on high-demand, high-wage business careers.  

EDISON P-TECH VISION STATEMENT

We strive to improve lives through a free, open-enrollment program, driven by a high-quality education. Our students will be the top candidates in their chosen industries and persevere as contributing members of society.

EDISON P-TECH CORE BELIEFS  

We believe in a free education that prepares high school students to enter the workforce with proven, in-demand skill sets. We believe that by reducing barriers to college access, developing critical soft skills, and encouraging students to be confident leaders through collaborative learning, athletics, and extracurricular activities, they will succeed in college and become top candidates in their chosen industry.

EDISON P-TECH COMMITMENTS

We commit to:

  • Increased academic preparation, where academic disciplines are integrated to earn an associate degree. This allows students to earn up to 60 hours of college credit.
  • Enable students to earn industry based certificate or two-year, post-secondary credentials.
  • Provide work-based learning experiences at every grade level, including internships, apprenticeships, and other job training programs.
  • Prepare students to enter the job market with industry-ready skills.
  • Create a seamless transition from high school through college and into employment with local partnerships between institutions of higher education and industry.
  • Provide academic and social support through a dedicated staff.  
  • Reduce barriers to college access.
  • Develop students’ critical soft skills needed for college and career success.
  • Encourage students to be confident leaders through collaborative learning, athletics, and extracurricular activities.

ABOUT

Students enrolled in the P-TECH at Thomas Edison High School combine high school and college-level courses to earn a post-secondary degree or post-secondary credentials, including an associate degree, associate of applied science, or Level 1 Certificate. Industry partners provide career mentoring, host site visits, offer internships to enrolled students, serve on advisory councils to improve the alignment of programming with workforce needs, and ensure that students graduate career-ready. Students follow workforce pathways aligned with high demand, high-wage business fields, including business, marketing, accounting, finance, and more. P-TECH at Thomas Edison High School eliminates thousands of dollars in college tuition costs for our students.

Application window for the 2021-2022 school year is Open through January 29th 2021.

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Edison P-TECH developed, signed, and executed an articulation agreement with San Antonio College. Students will combine high school courses and college-level courses to earn either an associate degree, postsecondary certificate, provided by San Antonio College, or industry certification. Courses of study include the Associate of Arts degree, field of study in Business Administration, which is built on a strong industry foundation and provides a broad understanding of business and business fundamentals and an Associate of Applied Science degree and/or a Level 1 Certificate of Completion in Accounting Technology, which focuses on helping accountants, auditors and financial professionals with their tasks. Industry partners provide career mentoring, host site visits, offer internships to enrolled students, serve on advisory councils to improve the alignment of programming with workforce needs, and ensure that students graduate career-ready. Students follow workforce pathways aligned with high demand, high-wage business fields, including business, marketing, accounting, finance, and more. P-TECH at Thomas Edison High School eliminates thousands of dollars in college tuition costs for our students.

An associate’s degree in business administration can be the stepping stone to a lucrative career helping employees understand their benefits as well as being the liaison between employees and upper management. Students will apply appropriate business models in decision-making situations, perform effectively within a professional team environment, apply ethical reasoning to business situations, explore business trends, apply change management theories and concepts in various organizational contexts and become familiar with political, economic, social, and linguistic concepts involved in doing business on the global level.
Careers in accounting technology focus on helping accountants, auditors and financial professionals with their tasks. These assistants record financial transactions in digital spreadsheets and Online databases, balance accounts and produce reports, such as income statements and sales graphs. They correct minor inaccuracies and discrepancies but report more serious errors, such as missing income, to accountants and managers. The degree provides opportunities for students to gain skills in leadership, written and spoken communication, analysis and technology, learn bookkeeping and data management, business finances and payroll.
The Accounting Technician Level 1 Certificate provides skills necessary for men and women to function in entry-level bookkeeping positions.  Emphasis is on basic accounting, spreadsheet development and industry standard accounting system software courses as well as enhanced computer skills, communications skills, professionalism, and business math.  
  • San Antonio College works closely with Edison High School and Industry Partners to align and strengthen the relationship between school and work. The associate degrees offered at Edison P-TECH School of Business are based on the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the identified career pathway.

    San Antonio College provides:

    • A college liaison
    • A curriculum that integrates college courses with high school coursework, to enable students to earn a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree
    • Collaboration with Industry Partner to map college coursework to skills required by the industry
    • Faculty committed to working with high school teachers to support students’ transition from high school to college
    • Associate degree(s) at no cost
  • Tacit Growth Strategies prides itself on being a social impact information technology firm. Tacit Growth Strategies builds communities of tacit growers whose skills and talents grow and sustain businesses that in turn grow and sustain neighborhoods. Local business fuels our global economy; local business transforms neighborhoods. Supporting local businesses means tapping into the brilliance and potential of our youth, nurturing it, and creating opportunities for them to grow leaps and bounds on their own terms.  
  • The Industry Partner(s) represent a  high-growth industry and brings their insight into the skills and qualities they seek in prospective employees and makes a commitment to foster those skills and qualities in students.  

    Industry Partners:  

    • Assign an Industry liaison, an employee to implement commitments
    • Get involved in work experiences that include mentoring, site visits, speakers, project days, internships
    • Commit to put graduates "first in line" for jobs
    • Collaborate to ensure that work experiences are integrated with high school and college coursework
  • The Industry Partner(s) represent a  high-growth industry and brings their insight into the skills and qualities they seek in prospective employees and makes a commitment to foster those skills and qualities in students.  

    Industry Partners:  

    • Assign an Industry liaison, an employee to implement commitments
    • Get involved in work experiences that include mentoring, site visits, speakers, project days, internships
    • Commit to put graduates "first in line" for jobs
    • Collaborate to ensure that work experiences are integrated with high school and college coursework
  • The Industry Partner(s) represent a  high-growth industry and brings their insight into the skills and qualities they seek in prospective employees and makes a commitment to foster those skills and qualities in students.  

    Industry Partners:  

    • Assign an Industry liaison, an employee to implement commitments
    • Get involved in work experiences that include mentoring, site visits, speakers, project days, internships
    • Commit to put graduates "first in line" for jobs
    • Collaborate to ensure that work experiences are integrated with high school and college coursework

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Mr. Garcia is a proud graduate of San Antonio ISD, graduating from Thomas A. Edison High School. He attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science. Mr. Garcia continued his education at UTSA to receive a Master of Architecture, and soon after, returned to San Antonio ISD as a teacher at Jefferson High School. Mr. Garcia was an Architecture teacher, and also served as a Career & Technology Department Chair. He was awarded teacher of the year in 2016, and in 2017, accepted the position as the school’s first International Baccalaureate Coordinator.  In 2020, Mr. Garcia became the P-TECH Coordinator at Edison High School.

Contact Information

Questions? Contact P-TECH Coordinator David Garcia: dgarcia8@saisd.net / 210-738-9720 ext. 33037

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