New York State announced the 16 winners of a competition held to choose public-private partnerships that will help expand the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Program on a statewide level.
The 16 NYS P-TECH partnerships will help prepare nearly 6,000 high school students for high-skill jobs in the manufacturing, technology and healthcare sectors.
P-TECH is an initiative developed by IBM and the City University of New York (CUNY), in partnership with the City of New York.
The idea was to pair each P-TECH student with an IBM mentor and provide a high-school diploma and an associate in applied science degree from CUNY-City Tech. The education, including tuition, books and other fees, would be entirely free for students and parents.
P-TECH NYC was launched on September 8, 2011 with 104 students. It has since gained both students and fame, even getting a mention from President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address for the way the program enhances American competitiveness and prepares students for a 21st century economy.
The P-TECH ‚Äúplaybook‚Äù has been replicated in four schools in Chicago, Illinois. IBM is the industry partner for the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, while Cisco, Motorola and Verizon have teamed up with one school each.
However, New York was the first state to announce earlier this year that P-TECH would be expanded as a statewide program, offered in at least one school in each of the state‚Äôs ten economic development regions.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said they were making sure that students are better prepared for life after their graduation by linking skills taught in the classroom with the requirements of 21st century employers. He said the public-private partnerships are a model for success for both students and employers, and for the state‚Äôs regional economies.
The NYS P-TECH partnerships will provide students with a high-school diploma, an associate degree and the chance to be first in line for jobs with the participating industry partner.
For example, the public-private partnership in New York City will prepare students for an IT career. The partnership includes CUNY and the New York City Department of Education, with SAP as the industry partner.
Mohawk Valley‚Äôs public-private partnership will prepare students for a manufacturing career. The partnership includes a regional K-12 consortium, Fulton-Montgomery Community College for higher education, and 16 regional companies as industry partners.
The Southern Tier partnership is going to prepare students for careers in both manufacturing and health-tech. The partnership consists of a K-12 regional consortium led by Binghamton City School District, with Broome Community College for higher education.
Southern Tier industry partners include Architect & Land Surveyors, P.C.; Bothar Construction; Delta Engineers; Lockheed Martin MS2; Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc.; Rockwell-Collins; and United Health Services Hospitals, Inc.