P-TECH 101 Mortgage Banking

Would you love a career in finance after high school?

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Would you love a career helping others make their dreams come true?

As a mortgage lender, your job is to build relationships, work with clients, and help them get the best loans possible. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the most successful lenders are usually outgoing people who know how to make others feel at ease.


Mortgage lending used to be a sales position, but these days it’s more of a consultant role. When potential clients arrive at your desk looking to buy a home, they’re facing a big life change. You assist them by explaining all the available options, listening to their concerns, answering questions, and then helping them work through the decision.


If you want to prepare for a rewarding career in finance, then the P-TECH Mortgage Banking program at Naaman Forest HS is perfect for you!
Mortgage Banking is ONLY offered at Naaman Forest HS!


Source: https://www.firstoptiononline.com/why-you-should-consider-a-career-in-mortgage-lending/

What is P-TECH?

P-TECH stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. In P-TECH, you take dual credit college classes in high school to graduate with both a high school diploma and Associate of Applied Science degree from Dallas College.
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How does P-TECH work?

  • If you want a career in finance, complete an enrollment form for P-TECH at Naaman Forest HS while in 8th grade. See below for the enrollment process.
  • While in high school, our Naaman Forest staff will provide you the highest level of support to ensure success.
  • As a P-TECH student, you will be grouped with other finance students in a "school within a school" environment. You will take your honors core classes and dual credit "college" business courses together. See below for more information.
  • You will NEVER be charged for tuition, fees, or books for your dual credit college classes. That means you can earn up to 60 hours of college credit for FREE!
  • You can still participate in athletics, fine arts, and extra-curricular activities as a P-TECH student.
  • In P-TECH, you will work with industry partners such as Wells Fargo while in high school to develop employability skills and network with potential future employers.
  • After graduation, you can choose to enter the workforce or continue your education to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

What will your schedule look like in P-TECH? Here is a sample.

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What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the Mortgage Banking program may lead to the following jobs or careers:


  • New Accounts Clerk - $12.53 ENTRY HOURLY WAGE
  • Credit Authorizer - $13.75 ENTRY HOURLY WAGE
  • Loan Interviewer - $15.11 ENTRY HOURLY WAGE


Why study mortgage banking?


There are roughly 48,000 jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area making or servicing mortgages. U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers lists financial advisor, loan officer, financial analyst and financial manager in its top 25 “best business jobs” through the coming decade. Even if you’re not considering a professional career in the finance industry, our courses in Mortgage Banking and related programs can help you manage your own money and gain financial stability.

Local industry experts estimate that more than 48,000 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area work in mortgage banking, helping to write, service, and examine loans for homeowners. The region employs 7,000 loan officers alone, making DFW one of the top five American regions hiring new loan officers.

Our Mortgage Banking program can prepare you for a career in:

  • Mortgage banking
  • Mortgage brokerage
  • Loan originating, processing, servicing or collection
  • Real estate finance
  • Property management
  • Real estate sales
  • Retail banking
  • Secondary marketing
  • Warehousing

A mortgage banking degree can also help with related fields of employment, like evaluating credit, closing on home sales, and certain types of financial management.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: Dallas College​ Labor Market Intelligence

Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, or will have large numbers of job openings according to O*NET.

*O*NET OnLine is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, and developed by the National Center for O*NET Development.

Take their word for it! Here is what the Naaman Forest HS early college students say...

  • That I get a College ID!
  • I love my friends and getting a college degree.
  • I really love the teachers and how they are always pushing you to do your best.
  • I am getting a head start and taking college classes.
  • I love the teachers because they are so friendly!
  • I like that it can give people amazing opportunities in high school and life.
  • I like how all the people are so determined to reach a goal!
  • I love the challenges and the opportunities that come with being a collegiate student.
  • I love how it has helped me stay organized in my classes.
  • What I love about the Collegiate academy is that I'll have an associate degree by the time I graduate high school!
  • That I can have support from teachers and that I can do different things both in high school and other stuff.
  • I get 2 years of college done. That it is saving me one year of my life after college.
  • One thing I love about Collegiate/P-TECH is that the teachers all seem very willing to help students out during the times of need.
  • I love how easy it is to get in touch with our teachers and supervisors.
  • It helps towards college.
  • What I love about collegiate is that I'm in high school but also in college. I love the fact that I can get dual credits and already have a degree just by graduating high school.
  • I like how I am getting an early start to college.
  • That I am getting to know people better since we spend a lot of time together.
  • I like that we get a head start to early college. That I am earning college credit towards an associate degree.
  • The warm welcomes we receive!
  • The idea of earning credits for college!
  • The teachers are the best and the dual credit classes = free college!
  • I like how this is a "killing two birds with one stone" type of program.
  • That I will be graduating young.
  • It gives me higher education.
  • Honestly, I just got into it. There's definitely a lot of work and responsibilities. But, it makes me feel special because I feel smart being in this class!
  • What I love about Collegiate is that it is a program where we are held as slightly more responsible teens, but we still have many options of help in our classes and school in general.

How do I enroll in P-TECH?

For information on how to apply for Naaman Forest Collegiate Academy, go to the GISD Magnet Programs website: click this link


  • Magnet Application Opens Jan. 3
  • Magnet Application Closes Jan. 20
  • Application Results Posted Feb. 16
  • Deadline to ACCEPT Magnet Seat Feb. 23


Haven't enrolled in the district? Be sure to see our Enrollment page first.

Who do I contact for questions?

https://www.garlandisdschools.net/nfhs/academics/pathways-to-technology-early-college-hs-magnet - Naaman Forest HS P-TECH information website


Phone extension numbers:

Ms. Glick, Magnet Advisor Industry Liaison - extension 62040

Follow Us on Twitter! @NFHSMagnet

Be sure to check out our class Twitter page for photos, reminders, and class updates.

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What can you expect for support?

Summer Bridge

WOW! Wednesdays - extended tutorials with content teachers in cafeteria

Student Planners

School within a School Design

Student Cohort Groups - core classes in 9th & 10th

Parent/ Student Meetings

Support Starts at Summer Bridge

Students enrolled in Collegiate Academy will prepare for high school during Summer Bridge in at the June Intersession: June 13 - 23 (Monday - Thursday).


At Naaman, you can expect the best! Start off on the right foot by attending Summer Bridge to prepare for high school. Summer Bridge is held in June for two weeks (Monday - Thursday).


Make new friends, meet your teachers, prepare for high school and start your path to success!

Support Continues with the "School Within a School" model and "cohort" groups

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Support is extended to parents at Early College Parent/ Student meetings

Check out the October Parent and Student Meeting! At Naaman, you will always be connected to important information about early college life!

Not sure which Naaman Forest Early College opportunity is best for you? Check out more here. Naaman Forest also offers P-TECH Construction Technology and Collegiate Academy.

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