SAN DIEGO - With many changes happening in the world daily, school districts around the nation continue to find ways to improve the education of their students designed for a future success.

San Diego Early College High School has been helping students receive college hours, and even some students have earned their associates degree, before they ever walk across the graduation stage to acquire their high school diploma.

Recently, San Diego's ECHS was awarded $260,000 for the 2018 - 2020 Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) Grant.

To be eligible for the P-TECH Grant Program the district must already offer a program that is similar.

"We all ready have a great Early College (High School). This grant is to provide the funding to expand it to add architecture and construction (building trades),” said Superintendent Dr. Samuel Bueno. "Students will be able to get a certificate and work experience (through Internships) in that field creating a pathway to employment in that industry.”

The architecture and construction is one of the governor’s industry clusters that focuses on enhancing established partnerships; identifying and recruiting teachers and students to participate in the program; and budgeting funds needed to provide appropriate equipment, assessments, professional development, and program management.

The grant funds will allow the district to provide appropriate work-based education opportunities that will create a seamless transition to additional education or the competitive job market.

P-TECH programs provide ninth through 12th grade students the opportunity to complete a course of study that combines high school and post-secondary courses; enable students to earn a high school diploma, an associate degree, a two-year post-secondary certificate or industry certification, and work-based training within six years of their first day of high school; allow students to gain work experience through an internship, apprenticeship, or other job training programs; and partner with Texas Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) and regional businesses and industries, to provide students access to post-secondary education and workforce training opportunities.