New charter school opens in District 49

power technical early college opening

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A new James Irwin Charter School opened Wednesday.

Power Technical Early College in District 49 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its building on Constitution Avenue east of Peterson Road.

It’s one of only two schools like it in the state, and the only one in southern Colorado. PTEC schools are innovative, public six-year high schools where students can earn a free associates degree in applied science while simultaneously earning a high school diploma.

It seems like a perfect fit for the students we talked to.

“I learn how to build things and make stuff with my hands,” PTEC ninth grader Abigail Hathaway said. “I’m going to learn how to eventually build a house someday and that’s what I want to do when I grow up. I want to be an architect.”

“It’s just a really efficient school and it pays for two years of college, and we’re really interested in that because we can grow up and learn about mechanics and constructive stuff,” sixth-grader Andres said.

Students are paired with mentors from businesses in the area and gain practical workplace experience through skills-based internships while earning their free associates degrees.

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