The P-TECH School model allows students the opportunity to earn industry certifications, and an associate degree or Level 1 certificate, by high school graduation at no cost to the student. Our Travis P-TECH Program builds upon our highly successful Hospitality CTE program, which has prepared students for a career in the Hospitality field for over 20 years through hands-on learning and the engagement of partners in the Hospitality industry.
The P-TECH is brought to you in partnership with:
- Visit Austin Foundation
- Austin Hotel and Lodging Association
- Austin Community College
The P-TECH program is open admission. All incoming 9th graders are eligible, but students must make sure to submit a complete application. The purpose of the application, and all information requested, is to get to know the student. No personal, academic or other type of information is used to make admissions decisions for this program.
The 2023-24 AISD Common Application for Schools of Choice is now closed, but YOU CAN STILL APPLY!
Submit the 2023-2024 AISD Early College Programs Application
Please READ if completing the AISD Early College Programs Application:
Make sure to select "Hospitality and Tourism-Travis" from the dropdown menu.
We will continue accepting applications while there are spaces available.
If you have questions or need help with any step of of the ECHS application process, contact Vangie Orozco, Project Specialist for Travis Early College Programs (512-414-7715, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please READ If completing the AISD Common Application for Schools of Choice:
The AISD Common Application must be completed by a parent or guardian. Students cannot create their own Common Application account. Click here for Instructions and assistance with the AISD Common Application.
If you are an AISD student but your parent does not already have a parent portal account or does not know how to access, follow these instructions for How to Create an AISD Portal Account. These instructions also explain how a parent who is new to AISD can create a parent portal account in order to access the AISD Common Application.
The Common App asks you to provide information on multiple academic items, but this is optional, NOT required.
After the Application
Once students have applied and are notified of program acceptance, they must take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college readiness test. Students will be asked to participate in summer activities where they receive program orientation, college readiness activities, and TSI test preparation, as needed. The P-TECH degree plan is a Level 1 Certificate in Hospitality Management,which does not require students to meet TSI college readiness scores. However, TSI college readiness will open doors for P-TECH students to take additional ACC classes, so we give PTECH students the same opportunities to prepare and take the TSI as ECHS students have. Information on testing and other date(s) will be provided with acceptance notification.
All incoming P-TECH students will be enrolled in Principles of Hospitality for 9th grade - this is the first class in the P-TECH degree plan. This is an ACC articulated class taught by a Travis teacher. In 10th grade, they will take an ACC articulated Culinary Arts class at Travis. Upon satisfactory completion of those two classes, they will start taking their P-TECH classes at ACC during their junior and senior years.
All incoming 9th grade P-TECH students must also participate in the AVID program at Travis. AVID is an elective class that provides support to students enrolled in ACC classes by offering tutoring, homework time, and academic/organizational checks. AVID teaches the study and organizational skills needed for college success and offers additional TSI preparation to those who need it. All P-TECH students are automatically enrolled in the AVID elective class every year.
About TRANSFER REQUESTS:
Students that are planning to participate in the Travis P-TECH Program and need an in-district or out-of-district transfer to attend Travis HS must first apply to the P-TECH program. Once an acceptance notification is received, please return the P-TECH Commitment Form included with the notification. This will secure that an in-district transfer is processed automatically, if needed. If you need an out-of-district transfer you must also complete the district transfer application with the AISD Student Services office.
NOTE: AISD bus transportation will be provided from anywhere in the district to transfer students who wish to participate in our P-TECH program. For students who live outside of the boundaries of AISD, bus transportation can be made available from the nearest AISD school. Please make sure to let us know if you will need transportation as a P-TECH transfer student.