Increasing Opportunities to Earn Associate’s Degrees While in High School

Policy Description

Colorado Succeeds supported efforts to pass a new law (HB-1194) passed in the 2017 session which makes technical improvements to Colorado’s P-TECH (Pathways to Technology Early College High Schools) law, allowing P-TECH to now be a program inside a school, rather than a standalone school - extending the partnership between industry partners, K-12 schools, and community colleges. With this change, the Colorado Department of Education is expecting interest and applications to significantly increase, with about ten districts/schools applying next year.

Additionally, Colorado Succeeds supported legislation that will make improvements to the ASCENT program, which will grow the number of students who take community college coursework while in high school. In order to secure passage, they testified in support of the legislation and ensured strong employer support.

Policy / Coalition Partners

St. Vrain School District
DFER Colorado

Key Lessons Learned

Industry, community colleges, and K-12 all working together on legislation is a very strong partnership. If everyone is aligned it's hard for the legislators to oppose reform efforts. P-TECH (early college high schools) requires a high level of collaboration, and are not present in all states. Colorado Succeeds would welcome an opportunity to share their success stories with other states wanting to replicate this early college high school model.

Bill / Policy Reference

HB 15-1270


P-TECH Schools: A Win for Colorado Students


Director of Policy and Advocacy Kelly Caufield


Colorado Succeeds



  • College/Career Readiness
  • Dual Credit

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