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Career Launch – Information Technologies

at Reagan Early College High School Sponsored by Dell Technologies


Career Launch schools expand high school to create a seamless six-year experience that is designed to prepare students to enter the technology field.  The Career Launch at Reagan Early College High School design and focus will make it the preeminent high school Information Technology program in the country.


The Career Launch model provides students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, Associate’s Degree, and professional mentoring and internship experiences.  Career Launch places academics and workplace skills in a context that fosters power skills that are crucial to smoothing the transitions between high school, college, and the professional world.


The future ready student needs engaging work experiences to enrich their high school and college academic work.  Learning that targets the future will take place in modern classrooms and specially-designed laboratories that mirror the work environment.


Students will receive training and guidance from experts in technology information.  Opportunities to shadow professionals and summer internship experiences sets the Career Launch program apart from all other programs. 




Dell Technologies, Austin Community College and the Austin Independent School District identified jobs in the field of technology that require application of significant, rigorous technical skills.



The Information Technologies program is designed for students to earn an Associate Degree of Science in Computer Science, the gateway to attend a Bachelor’s Degree Program.


Learning in a Future Ready Classroom



   Classrooms will be designed to provide students with a school         environment that mirrors the workplace and allow students to practice the             skills required to earn certifications.





Students will be immersed in creating, collaborating and critically thinking through a fully integrated curriculum that prepares students for future career opportunities.





 Certifications Available in the Career Launch Program!

Cybersecurity, Computer Information Technology Database Computer, Computer Programming C++, Java Track 


 Career Launch “Three Pillars” of Success

High School Coursework College Coursework Internships and Experiential Learning

Based on Career Launch model of integration of the “power” skills within all content area instruction, schools will create a robust project-based assessment system which provides students opportunities to demonstrate content mastery. Projects using the 6 C’s (Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Cultural Proficiency and Connectivity) are embedded in all coursework.

Starting in grade 10, students will begin to take dual credit courses that will lead to both a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree of Science in Computer Science.  Students will also receive training in workforce skills, including customer service, resume writing, interviewing, and working in teams. These experiences will prepare a student to become prepared for high-demand technology fields. Students will be assigned a sponsor from the industry partner.  Mentors will meet with the students to provide guidance and support throughout the program.  In addition, students will have summer internships.  Students will also be provided time for field trips, job shadowing and internships through ACC and Seton Hospital.  Students will have the professional connections necessary to launch their career. 

Career Launch is a Part of the Early College High School Model



 The Reagan Early College High School program in AISD has served:


592 students,

2,718 course credits earned

11 Associate’s Degrees!

Since 2012, the investment in the Reagan Early College High School Totals:



  •  The Early College High School model enables students to earn a high school diploma and a tuition-free Associate Degree upon graduation from high school.
  •  The model integrates high school and college in a rigorous and supportive program, while  providing tailored counseling and academics supports.
  • Launches a student’s ability to access college-level facilities, technologies and learning resources.
  • Early College High Schools are designed to reduce barriers for all students, including those who are underrepresented in college, economically disadvantaged or would be the first in their family to attend college.
  •  As the centerpiece of AISD’s Northeast Plan, Career Launch anchors the Reagan Vertical Team’s academic program, improving numeracy and literacy skills for all students. Source: Career Launch Ribbon Cutting Ceremony