Texas College and Career Readiness Models (CCRM)
Preparing Texas students for a successful future
The Texas College and Career Readiness Models (CCRM) Network is a network of Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) Academies, Early College High Schools (ECHS), and Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA). These initiatives, led by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), help historically underserved students develop technical skills, earn dual college credit, and pursue in-demand career paths. Through this network, the TEA is creating synergies by consolidating these individual models under one umbrella of support. This integrated approach to technical assistance creates efficiencies, spurs cross-model learning, and provides customized support to schools and districts as they implement these models to increase the college and career readiness of their students.
The Early College High School (ECHS) model blends high school and college coursework to provide at-risk and historically underserved students and students who wish to accelerate their learning the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree and/or 60 hours of 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.
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. T-STEM connects students with rigorous content and builds context and relevance by providing students work experiences connected to STEM fields.