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P-TECH 535 is a pioneering education reform initiative created to prepare young people with the academic, technical, and professional skills required for high wage, high skills, and high need regional careers. This public-private partnership allows students to take high school and college coursework simultaneously while engaging in industry-guided workforce development in one of two pathways.

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Kari Kolling Anderson

P-TECH School Leader/Assistant Principal | Email

Darren Saner

P-TECH Career Pathways Counselor

Kari Sikkema

Secretary | (507) 328-5780

Find the Right Pathway

Rochester Public Schools has partnered with IBM, Mayo Clinic and RCTC to offer pathways in nursing and Information Technology (IT). Students have the opportunity to earn both their high school diploma and a diploma in practical nursing or an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology within four years (or up to six years) in the program model. Students will receive workplace experiences through job shadows, mentors, and a paid internship.

Nursing Pathway

The Practical Nursing (PN) program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide direct nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home and community-based settings.

Students can earn a no-cost Practical Nursing Diploma for a total of 39 credits = $7,562 saved.

Mayo Clinic Partnership

LPN openings continually with a $45,656 starting salary.

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Information Technology Pathway

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Information Technology (IT) program is designed to provide students with skills to meet information technology needs across industries.

Students can earn a no-cost Associate in Applied Science for a total of 60 credits = $11,634 saved.

IBM Partnership

Technician openings annually with a $55,000 starting salary.

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