College and Career Readiness Model (CCRM)
Preparing Texas high school students for a successful future
For more than a decade, Educate Texas has helped historically underserved students develop technical skills, earn dual college credit and pursue in-demand career paths. Now, the organization is applying its experience in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to better prepare high school students for the future through College and Career Readiness Models (CCRM).
Offering greater choice in career readiness
Established in August 2017, CCRM combines two proven models — Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) and Early College High School (ECHS) — into a single initiative. A third model, Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA), provides pathways to help fill the career pipeline in specific industries designated by the Office of the Texas Governor. CCRM creates synergies by consolidating these individual models under one umbrella. This approach to college and career readiness allows schools and districts to choose the model that works best for their student population.
How CCRM is making a difference
Educate Texas and the TEA, which supported the design and launch of the individual models, will provide assistance to more than 300 designated campuses across Texas by:
- Providing tailored coaching — on-site and virtually — for each campus to address specific leadership team needs
- Creating an integrated network of college and career readiness schools that can share best practices and help identify and resolve challenges
- Establishing communication tools across the network to better highlight successes and share learning
Early College High School (ECHS)
Helping historically underserved students earn college credit before high school graduation
The Early College High School (ECHS) model blends high school and college coursework to let students earning a high school diploma simultaneously earn up to two years (60 hours) of transferrable college credit — tuition-free. The program puts higher education within reach of students who may otherwise be unlikely to attend college and helps them prepare for a college environment
Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM)
Foundational knowledge of the subjects most needed for success
The Texas STEM initiative creates secondary schools that focus on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects and increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. The driving force behind T-STEM is the fact that job opportunities in STEM fields are growing, yet many Texas students — especially low-income and minority students — are not provided the exposure to the subjects and experiences needed to succeed in these fields. T-STEM connects students with rigorous content to sharpen their working knowledge of these subjects. Just as importantly, it builds context and relevance by providing students world of work experiences connected to STEM fields.
Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA)
Key pathways to high-demand careers in regional industries
Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) prepare students for the workforce in specific industry clusters designated by the Office of the Texas Governor. The initiative provides opportunities for applied learning and college course credit within target clusters.