New York state has announced a $4-million second round of funding to expand the nationally recognized P-TECH model, which prepares students for highly-skilled jobs by bringing together public school districts, major employers, and institutions of higher education. Through partnerships created by this program, high school students study under an industry aligned curriculum, earn an associate degree at no cost to their families, and are first in line for jobs with participating companies upon graduation.
The first 16 schools funded in the first round of NYS P-TECH awards will open in September, preparing to serve more than 6,000 young adults throughout the state.
The Business Council supports, and is involved in the P-TECH partnerships which were innovated by IBM.
Stanley S. Litow, IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of the company’s International Foundation, said, “The P-TECH grades 9 -14 model can be a real boon to students and employers, creating a clear pathway from school to career all across New York State.”
Heather C. Briccetti, President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, said, “Our members across the state have jobs for skilled workers to grow their businesses and drive the local economy. NYS P-TECH’s public-private partnership model ensures quality education for students and a highly-skilled labor force for employers.”
Applications are due by September 12, 2014 and can be found at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap.