• 02-JUN-2015

  • SOURCE: IBM

Teens earn college degrees

Six students from Brooklyn are graduating from P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) two years early with both their high school diplomas and college degrees in computer systems technology, fast tracking through the nation's first school that blends public high school, community college, and work experience into one.

The six students have been offered job opportunities at IBM (NYSE: IBM). Three students plan to start their careers in tech and three will pursue their bachelor degrees. The students – many of whom are first in their families to graduate college – are graduating with their associate degrees from the New York City College of Technology.

P-TECH, an innovative education model co-developed by IBM, is helping to reinvent high school and preparing youth, particularly students of color from low-income families, to go beyond high school, earn a college degree, and enter the workforce with skills that employers need. Within six years, students can earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree. The model helps young people to be college and career-ready with STEM skills – disciplines that underpin some of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.