This May, the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) celebrates the culmination of a collaboration that began in the Fall 2017. When Spring 2021 grades post on May 10, this milestone will mark an extraordinary accomplishment for 86 UNT Dallas students who successfully conquered remote learning this year. These 86 students are the first class of high school seniors to complete their high school diploma and associate degree through full-time enrollment at UNT Dallas this past year.
With a reverse transfer of credits, they will graduate in May with an associate degree from Dallas College and from high school with their diploma in late June. UNT Dallas partners with Dallas ISD’s Lincoln B-TECH High School, Dallas ISD’s Sunset P-TECH High School, and Dallas College to offer this 3+1 program and is the only four-year university to partner with Dallas ISD’s Early College High School (ECHS) program.
Students at each school are on a specialized academic track. Lincoln B-TECH students study hospitality management or logistics while Sunset P-TECH students specialize in public health or teacher education.
The ECHS program affords these ambitious students the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credit hours tuition-free while in high school, paving the way for them to achieve a bachelor’s degree in just two years after graduating high school, saving the student both time and money.
“This program provides a unique opportunity to align high school, 2-year college and 4-year university curricula to offer an affordable education to students seeking to improve their lives through education,” UNT Dallas Assistant Provost Dawn Remmers said. “After their graduation with a high school diploma and associate degree, our hope is to graduate them from UNT Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in two short years, allowing them to go on with their education or serve the workforce and their communities.”
Once the UNT Dallas campus fully reopens, the ECHS program will help to ease the transition to college life by bringing students onto the UNT Dallas campus and into its classrooms to take all their senior-year courses. Following high school graduation, students will be positioned to continue their education and graduate with a bachelor’s degree from any public university in Texas, if they choose.
The University of North Texas at Dallas has emerged as the fastest-growing public university in the state by forming unique partnerships that create pathways to an affordable college degree and a lifetime of socioeconomic mobility for urban Dallas students.
WHAT IS A P-TECH/B-TECH?
Early College High Schools allow students to focus their studies on specialized career paths: P-TECH stands for “Pathways in Technology;” and B-TECH stands for “Pathways in Business Technology.” Both programs afford motivated students the ability to choose a specific career track and take courses that provide the academic, technical and workplace skills desired by employers. These programs also partner with industry leaders who mentor, advise on coursework, enhance skill development and initiate access to internships that will prepare students for careers after college. To learn more, visit P-TECH.