NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The school district's innovative STEM-based initiative that launched last summer is accepting applications for its second annual class.

Eighth graders attending New Brunswick Public Schools have until Tuesday, Feb. 25 to register. Students who apply will be included in the in selection lottery, to be held on March 4.

P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School), an education model made available via grants from the State of New Jersey, is a four-year program that begins the summer prior to a student’s ninth grade year. It culminates at the conclusion of 12th grade, with successful participants simultaneously earning high school diplomas and associate degrees in electrical or mechanical engineering from Middlesex County College.

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The program is free for all participating students.

“The P-TECH program offers our students an unmatched opportunity for academic and career growth in a rapidly expanding field,” said New Brunswick Public Schools Superintendent Aubrey Johnson. “What’s remarkable is that these young people can begin imagining themselves as college graduates and highly skilled professionals before they even begin the ninth grade.”

Gov. Phil Murphy participated in the ribbon-cutting event in September that marked the formal kick-off of the program at the school district's space at 40 Van Dyke Ave. Co-developed by IBM, P-TECH is a STEM-based, public-private partnership intended to establish a clear pathway from high school, to college, to a professional career. New Brunswick’s P-TECH industry partners are CGI, Jingoli & Son and Cornerstone Building Brands.

Additional information on the P-TECH program, including specific registration details, is available online at https://www.nbpschools.net/Domain/17

New Brunswick’s initial P-TECH class – all currently 9th graders – is made up of 40 students. The second class will have a similar number of participants.

"I was excited when I was chosen to go to P-TECH because I knew I was going to earn two years of college and get my associate degree,” said P-TECH 9th grade student Emely Garcia. “P-TECH is great and has a lot of amazing teachers. It's easy to make friends and we experience so many cool things."

P-TECH student Ken Cruz, also in the 9th grade, said: " I met new friends from all around the school district. In class, we don't just sit back and listen, we are interactive when learning."