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Pathways in Technology Early College High School: P-TECH


SQ-person-working-on-a-car.jpgP-TECH is a 9-14 grade high school where students earn a high school diploma, an industry-recognized Associate's Degree, and gain relevant work experience in a growing field. The schools create a seamless program for students to acquire the academic, technical, and workplace skills and knowledge that employers need.

Learn more about possible careers, and programs


What is P-TECH?

Through the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students can complete both a 4-year high school diploma and a 2-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in six years or less at no cost. Students begin college level work by 10th grade for dual credit.


  • High-demand industry pathways: Health Information Management OR Hospitality Services Management
  • Open enrollment within the boundary through a lottery selection process
  • Both P-TECH: Health and Technology and P-TECH: Hospitality and Management are located at Frederick Douglass High School
  • Transportation is provided
  • Guaranteed paid internship in your chosen career field
  • Guaranteed mentoring from industry partners
  • Support and enrichment through extended day and summer bridge programs
  • Earn your AAS for FREE!

Health Information Management

The Health Information Management pathway integrates the disciplines of medicine, computer technology, and business management. Graduates are prepared to perform technical and supervisory duties in organizing, analyzing, and generating health data for reimbursement, planning, quality improvement, research, and the legal issues surrounding health information. Employment opportunities exist in a broad range of settings, such as hospitals, home health care, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), physicians’ offices, consulting, computer software companies, and government agencies.

Possible Careers

  • Data Integrity Analyst
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Compliance Officer
  • Medical Office Administrator


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Billing and Coding Certification
  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) credential

Ideal Candidates Must

  • Have a strong interest and ability in math and science
  • Possess strong problem solving skills
  • Have data analysis skills
  • Be accountable
  • Have discretion and maintain confidentiality
  • Be process and detail oriented

Hospitality Services Management

The Hospitality Services Management pathway is the managerial and administrative science of overseeing a hospitality organization. A degree in service management introduces students to the vital skills and competencies required for a successful career in a hospitality-based organization, such as a hotel or resort, restaurants and food service, meetings and conventions, special events, tourism, and entrepreneurship. Graduates go on to work in the hospitality, travel, or restaurant sectors.

Possible Careers

  • Event Coordinator
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Service Manager
  • Purchasing Controller


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Hospitality Services Management Certificate
  • Letter of recognition for specialization field

Ideal Candidates Must

  • Have a strong interest and ability in math, communication and business
  • Be flexible and adaptable
  • Have a strong degree of professionalism
  • Be detail oriented
  • Have the ability to multitask
  • Be committed to customer service

Earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree along with your High School Diploma

P-TECH graduates complete all of the required course work to earn a high school diploma and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree. Students can take up to six years to complete the program, but may finish in as few as four years. In addition to the degrees, students earn industry certifications in their chosen field of study.

Contact Information

P-TECH Program & Mentor Information Sessions:  Our team is available to come to your location to provide your organization with a P-TECH and Mentorship informational session.

  • Tara Anderson, Business Liaison, P-TECH Mentor POC
  • Phone: (301) 669-6012 ext. 45595