The health care-focused Pathways in Technology Early College High School program is on track to begin this fall, said Bob Thompson, dean of student advancement for Tomball ISD.

The program will be made up of 25 students with 51 students applying to be a part of it, Thompson said.

Through this program—in partnership with HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball and Lone Star College-Tomball—students can obtain health care certifications that include surgical technician, nurse technician, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician and EKG technician, Thompson said.

Students will also have the opportunity to receive an Associate of Science degree and a Level 1 certificate.

Thompson said the district sent the program’s application to the state in December and expects to hear back by the end of February.

“Every year, P-TECHs and early colleges have to do an application just to show [that] we’re able to meet the requirements and standards that are expected by the state,” Thompson said.