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Highlands P-TECH, in partnership with St. Philip’s College, is an early college high school combining technical courses with dual credit to provide students the opportunity to earn an associate degree and industry-approved certifications in the areas of Aerospace, Engineering, Manufacturing and Welding. The key to our P-TECH is collaboration between the high school, higher education partner, and industry leaders. Students benefit from rigorous coursework and engaging work-based learning supported by a large group of local industry leaders. 

Virtual Recruitment Office

CLICK HERE to visit Ms. Garcia's virtual recruitment office where you'll find a great variety of resources and information.

We still have space in Highlands P-TECH! Apply online at for our 2nd round of applications and lottery admission.

Offers have been sent to all applicants! Please accept your offer online (or call us for help!) to save your spot in the program. We will continue accepting applications and sending out offers until our program is full so don't worry if you miss the initial deadlines. 

P-TECH Admissions Night

Join us for Highlands P-TECH Admissions Night! The event has already taken place but check out our presentation below to learn more detail about Highlands P-TECH programs.

CLICK HERE to view the Admissions Night Presentation 

*Please reach out to Ms. Garcia at with any questions.

CLICK HERE to view our Info Session Presentation and learn more about Highlands P-TECH!


CLICK HERE to view a Program Comparison of Aerospace, Engineering, Manufacturing, & Welding


All programs within the Highlands P-TECH will feature the following components.

  • Preparation for STEM careers within the San Antonio region
  • Access to dual credit courses and associate degrees at no cost to the student
  • Development of technical skills identified by college and industry partners - for example robotics, measurement, shop tools, safety, electronics, machining, computer-aided drafting (CAD), etc.
  • Development of professional skills (soft skills) identified by college and industry partners through innovative curriculum and work-based learning experiences such as field trips, resume workshops, guest speakers, internships, etc.
  • Robust student support including a dedicated academic counselor, college advisor, work-based learning specialist, and participation in the AVID and JROTC program.


We will continue to have a sister program Highlands Computer Science - Cybersecurity for students interested in programming/IT/cyber. CLICK HERE to view the Highlands Computer Science flyer. Students can apply to both Highlands P-TECH and Highlands Computer Science separately.

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS): Aircraft Technician Airframe

    The Aircraft Technician program is accredited by the the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and prepares students for careers in aviation as aircraft maintenance technicians. Students will learn to build and fix aircraft at the St. Philip’s College Southwest campus with support from the local aviation industry.

    CLICK HERE to visit the SPC Aircraft Technician program website.

    What does a career in aircraft maintenance look like? Watch the video below!

    Aerospace 4-Year Plan/Crosswalk
  • Associate of Science (AS) with an Emphasis in Engineering

    The engineering pathway is designed to allow students to earn transferable and degree-applicable dual credit to accelerate their journey to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering at their chosen University.

    CLICK HERE to visit the SPC Mechanical Engineering program website.

    CLICK HERE to visit the SPC AS degree program website.

    What does an Engineer do? Watch the video below to learn more!

    Engineering 4-Year Plan/Crosswalk
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS): Automated Industrial Processing, Mechatronics Specialization

    Manufacturing students will prepare for careers in high-tech industrial workplaces. The San Antonio region has a strong manufacturing industry presence with high job demand for skilled technicians especially in new technologies such as robotics and automation.

    CLICK HERE to visit the SPC Automated Industrial Process program website.

    Enjoy working with your hands? Consider a career in Manufacturing and check out the videos below!

    Manufacturing 4-Year Plan/Crosswalk
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS): Welder/Welding Technologist

    The welding pathway gives students a safe, hands-on experience to build skills in welding and metal fabrication. Welding students can earn apprenticeships and build careers in a variety of industry areas.

    CLICK HERE to visit the SPC Welding program website.

    The world needs more welders! Check out the video below to learn more.

    Welding 4-Year Plan/Crosswalk

Higher Education Partner

St. Philip's College, founded in 1898, is a comprehensive public community college whose mission is to empower our diverse student population through educational achievement and career readiness. As a Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institution, St. Philip's College is a vital facet of the community, responding to the needs of a population rich in ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. 

CLICK HERE for the SPC virtual tour (English) / CLICK HERE for the SPC virtual tour (Spanish).

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Industry Partners

The following organizations have signed on to support our P-TECH program with a formal MOU commitment.

TX-FAME: Texas Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education

SA Works

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation 

Toyotetsu Texas, Inc.


Watch this video to learn about Architecture, Construction, and Engineering careers with the HEB Design Team! CLICK HERE

The following organizations provide support, guidance, and additional resources to our P-TECH program.

The Dee Howard Foundation

How to Apply

We will accept 125 applicants for our first cohort of 9th grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. The application window opens November 9, 2020 and applications will continue to be accepted throughout Spring 2021 until the program is full (up to 125 students). Apply online today!

Application instructions: CLICK HERE 


Choice Schools and Programs in SAISD

At SAISD, we believe that all children should have access to a variety of school options regardless of their academic abilities or where they live. Our Choice Schools and Programs offer specialized academic programming designed to best fit the individual interests of students. All Bexar County students can apply to an SAISD Choice School or Program.

An application is required to request enrollment to these schools.  The district utilizes a “Controlled Choice” framework to ensure equity and access for historically disadvantaged students.  Admission is based on a blind, randomized, computerized lottery conducted at the district level. The Choice application window opens in late fall each year for the following school year. For more information and to apply, please visit

Office of Access and Enrollment Services

San Antonio ISD | 1931 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78202

Phone: 210-554-2660 | Text: 210-309-3259 | Email:

Program Capacity

We will meet with students and families after the application process has concluded to find the best program fit for each student accepted to Highlands P-TECH. Be sure to follow up with us to set up your orientation meeting after you accept your offer!

  • Engineering: 70 Students
  • Manufacturing: 20 Students
  • Aircraft Maintenance: 15 Students
  • Welding: 20 Students 

Welcome to our inaugural cohort of Highlands P-TECH students, the Class of 2025! Please view the resources below to prepare for your adventures in our program.

CLICK HERE for the Highlands P-TECH and Computer Science Onboarding Checklist

CLICK HERE for the Admissions Night Presentation

The resources below include detailed information on the P-TECH program in each benchmark area of the TEA P-TECH Blueprint. We use the Blueprint to guide our decision making and ensure that we have a high quality program that leads our students toward success!

P-TECH Blueprint 2020: CLICK HERE


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Contact Information

Questions? Contact P-TECH Coordinator Michelle Garcia: / 210-438-6800 ext. 35072 


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