In New York, the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) is a new style of Career Technical Education (CTE) school that weaves high school and college curriculums into a six-year program tailored for a job in the technology industry.
Students are following a course of studies developed in consultation with IBM, and are expected to emerge with associateâ€™s degrees in applied science in computer information systems or electromechanical engineering technology. The first group of students is slated to complete coursework by 2017.
Other school systems around the country are encouraged by this approach. The Chicago area opened five similar schools this year with corporate partners in telecommunications and technology. Besides New York and Illinois, education officials in Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee have committed to creating such schools as well.
According to a New York Times article by Al Baker, John B. King, Jr., the state education commissioner said â€œWhen we view high-quality CTE programs, we see how engaged those students are and what clear aspirations they have for their future.â€
CTE programs such as these enable students to be successful by gaining the skills and training needed through specialized programs of study. These programs achieve added strength through a partnership with IBM that provides mentoring to students and assistance to the schoolâ€™s educators.
Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager