CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy and IBM's Stanley S. Litow Inaugurate State's First P-TECH School

Norwalk, CT - 12 Sep 2014: Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy cuts a ribbon at Connecticut’s first IBM-affiliated Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA). The six-year academy -- a collaboration between IBM (NYSE: IBM), Norwalk Public Schools and Norwalk Community College -- formally opened it doors on August 27 with approximately 90 students in Grade 9. Following the IBM P-TECH model, NECA will add one grade each year and ultimately serve grades 9 to 14 and confer both a high school diploma and a no-cost Associates degree in Applied Science. The model will put young adults on the path to a good job. In fact, NECA graduates will be first in line if they choose to apply for jobs at IBM.


Each NECA student is being matched with an IBM mentor. IBM is also shaping the curriculum based on real-world jobs.The company is organizing worksite visits, providing speakers, and offering skills-based, paid internships to students so that they can continue the pursuit of education or be ready for the workforce on day-one.

Shown from left to right: Karen Amaker, Director of Norwalk Early College Academy; Norwalk, CT Mayor Harry Rilling, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy; and Stanley S. Litow, IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs and President, IBM Foundation.

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