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MEDIA ALERT: President Obama to Visit IBM'S P-TECH School in Brooklyn, NY


BROOKLYN, NY - 25 Oct 2013: President Barack Obama today will visit P-TECH, a school co-founded by IBM in Brooklyn, NY, and which is being replicated nationwide.

The IBM P-TECH Model: Meeting the Nation's Need for Technology Skills

IBM created Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in 2011 through an innovative partnership with the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York and the 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 the six-year program, which spans grades 9 to 14, graduate with a no-cost Associate in Applied Science degree, along with the skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies or step seamlessly into well paying, high potential jobs in the Information Technology (IT) industry. 

P-TECH currently has 335 students in grades 9, 10 and 11, and each year another class of 9th graders is being added through grade 14. This innovative educational model was designed by IBM to be both widely replicable and sustainable as part of a national effort to reform career and technical education. The P-TECH model that began in Brooklyn, New York is expanding to more than 27 schools nationwide.  

According to Stanley S. Litow, IBM Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs: "We are thrilled that the President is taking aggressive steps to replicate the IBM P-TECH model across the U.S. To address the crisis facing our educational system, and our lack of qualified applicants for tomorrow's well-paying jobs, the IBM P-TECH model must extend beyond just one school, one neighborhood, one city or one state. All too often, our nation's school systems have tolerated wide-ranging mediocrity while championing a small number of successful schools. P-TECH is a repeatable model for STEM Pathway schools anywhere that the public and private sectors are willing to collaborate to provide their children with a 21st century education to meet the world's need for skills." 

About President Obama's Visit:  

The President’s 2014 budget request proposed a $300 million investment to help America once again lead the world in college attainment and ensure that all high school students graduate ready for college and career success. Called High School Redesign, the budget proposal would ensure that students – like those at P-TECH - graduate from high school with college credit and career related experience, putting them on a path to prosperity. Federal funding authorized under the Perkins Act provides more than $1 billion to schools, but the program is not currently structured to meaningfully address the skills gap. The Perkins Act of 2006 is up for reauthorization this year, after being extended through September 30. 

Quote About IBM P-TECH from President Barack Obama During his February, 2013 State of the Union Address:

“Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job.  Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges. At schools like P-TECH in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, The City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in computers or engineering. We need to give every American student opportunities like this." [Watch This (01:50)]

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 How the IBM P-TECH Model Helps Solve Three of the Most Pressing Needs in the U.S.:

Featured Components: 

Focus on Public Schools: P-TECH schools are public schools, open to all students at no cost to students and their families. 

Focus on Early College: Student learning is focused from grade nine on, through a six-year scope and sequence of high school and college coursework to ensure students earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree awarded by the school’s college partner. 

Focus on Careers: Students participate in an ongoing, sequenced Workplace Learning curriculum informed by current and future industry standards.  All students are matched in one-to-one relationships with IBM mentors, participate in project-based learning activities, meet guest speakers, participate in workplace visits and will tackle skills-based, real-world projects through internships and apprenticeships.  Minimum requirements for entry-level IT jobs, as provided by IBM and other industry partners, have been mapped to the curriculum and are serving as academic benchmarks and targets. Students who successfully complete the six year program with an AAS degree will be first in line for jobs at IBM. 

Focus on Personal Pathways:  Each student moves through a personalized academic pathway, aligned to college and career requirements, which is closely monitored by his or her teachers and advisors, based on their individual needs and performance.  The focus is on mastery, not seat time.

Focus on Mentoring: IBM employees serving as volunteer mentors are assigned to each student, enriching the curriculum with real-world learning -- including the in-depth content knowledge and core, in-demand technology skills valued by employers that will make P-TECH graduates ready for tomorrow's jobs, or further education, without the need for remedial work.

Timeline: From one school in 2011 to 27 schools by September, 2014 -- and pledges for more 

  • September 2011, Brooklyn, NY: Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) opens in Brooklyn as a collaboration between the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York, New York City College of Technology (“City Tech”) and IBM. [Click Here]

  • September 2012, Chicago: Five schools modeled on P-TECH open in Chicago, backed by corporate partners IBM, Motorola, Verizon, Microsoft and Cisco. [Click Here]

  • February 2013: In Idaho, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation release $5 million Request for Proposals to create a new school model based on P-TECH, to jumpstart education innovation in Idaho. [Click Here]

  • August 2013, New York City: Two more schools modeled on P-TECH open in New York City. Energy Tech High School is partnered with ConEd and National Grid while the Health and Emergency Response Occupation High School is partnered with Montefiore Medical Center. [Click Here]

  • 2014, New York City: Three more schools will open in 2014. Corporate partners are Microsoft and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, SAP and the American Association of Advertising Agencies. [Click Here]

  • 2014, New York State: 16 schools modeled on IBM's P-TECH will open in 2014. [Click Here

  • 2014, New York City: Six more P-TECH schools are pledged for 2015. [Click Here]

Fast Facts About IBM P-Tech, Brooklyn:

Leadership and Staff

Student Profile

  • 335 students (101 11th graders; 123 10th graders; 111 9th graders)

Academic Achievements [Click Here]

NYC High School Standards:  74% of all students have passed at least three Regents exams for graduation. 51% have passed four and 23% have passed five Regents exams before entering year three at P-TECH. Typically, students across NYC may have taken up to two required Regents exams before entering the third year.

College Credit Completion: Currently, 125 students (44 sophomores and 81 juniors) are enrolled in at least one of 12 college courses, including EMT1111-Logic and Problem Solving, CST 1100-Introduction to Computer Systems, CST 1101-Problem Solving and Computer Programming, English Composition, College Algebra and Trigonometry, and College Calculus I and II. 58% of students are currently enrolled in three college courses this semester. To date, students enrolled in college courses have earned 12.6 college credits on average. Several students have earned 21 college credits, and will have as many as 33 credits by January 2014.

Fast Facts About Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, Chicago, an IBM P-Tech Model School [Click Here]

Leadership and Staff

  • Founding Principal: Matsuo Marti

Student Profile

Academic Achievements





How the P-Tech Model is Expanding Nationally:

City of Chicago Announces STEM School: http://bit.ly/1gITf0c  http://bit.ly/1eNfj5C

State of New York Announces P-TECHs: http://bit.ly/V5LUNm http://bit.ly/1eNfvBM

Idaho State Department of Education Announces Grant for P-TECH Type School: http://bit.ly/1gITCbo

New York City Department of Education Announces More P-TECHs: http://bit.ly/1eNfzBJ

Contact(s) information

Ari Fishkind
IBM Media Relations
914-499-6420
fishkind@us.ibm.com

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