IBM and P-TECH
IBM created Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in 2011 along with the NYC Department of Education, City University of New York and New York College of Technology.
P-TECH is the first school in the U.S. to directly connect high school, college and career. Students in this grades 9 -14 program graduate with a no-cost associates degree in Applied Science along with the skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies or step directly into well paying jobs in the tech industry.
This innovative educational model was designed by IBM to be both easy to replicate and sustain as part of a national effort to reform career and technical education. The P-TECH model that began in Brooklyn, New York is currently expanding to more than 27 schools nationwide, with more contemplated. IBM plays a key advisory role in this expansion.
At P-TECH, the president, whose 2013 State of the Union address lauded IBM's role in launching this school, is expected to encourage school districts to replicate this public / private education model.