Harford Community College (HCC) received a $33,961 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Perkins Innovation grant from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to support their current Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program. Offered in partnership with Harford County Public Schools (HCPS), the lead institution, and the Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) at APG, the program is an early college model that combines high school, college and internships.

The P-TECH program will provide a pathway sequence that starts in ninth grade and culminates in the attainment of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems or Information Assurance and Cybersecurity and a high school diploma in up to six years. The P-TECH program will begin in fall 2020 at Joppatowne High School free of charge to 20 students.

CTE Perkins Innovation funding will support online professional development for P-TECH instructors, mentors, and internship supervisors as well as computer equipment.

“We are so excited to be partnering with HCPS and CECOM to provide students with this remarkable opportunity,” says Dr. Jacqueline Jackson, interim president of HCC. “Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing industries in Maryland and across the nation, and our P-TECH graduates will be uniquely positioned to enter that industry with years’ worth of training and experience.”

The grant will enable HCC faculty, HCPS, and CECOM to align instruction with industry standards and provide work-based learning experiences that engage students in applying academic learning and developing technical and employability skills.