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P-TECH leaders meeting wrap up

The first meeting of New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (NYS P-TECH) convened yesterday at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Technology with school, business and government officials from 16 communities statewide focusing on implementation of the innovative new educational model. New York is the first state in the nation to take P-TECH statewide and it is expected the public private partnerships will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs.

Lt. Governor Robert Duffy addressed the group, commending Governor Cuomo’s commitment to New York students, saying, “Utilizing public-private partnerships across the state, P-TECH’s highly innovative program will help our state’s students develop the skills and talents needed to excel in today’s economy. I thank all of our partners for their hard work to make certain that New Yorkers have access to a world-class education that does not put students or their families in significant debt.”

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council and Stanley S. Litow, IBM vice president of corporate citizenship & corporate affairs and president, IBM Foundation spoke about the event on YNN’s Capitol Tonight. Watch their interview here (TWC ID required).

 

IMAG3900  IMAG3888  IMAG3885  IMAG3861  IMAG3820  Briccetti and Litow on YNN

 

 

NYS P-TECH Leaders to implement innovative educational model statewide

The first meeting of New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (NYS P-TECH) convened Monday with school, business and government officials from 16 communities statewide focusing on implementation of the innovative new educational model. New York is the first state in the nation to take P-TECH statewide and it is expected the public private partnerships will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs.

More than $4 million in funding was approved in the 2013-2014 New York State Budget to support the formation of new P-TECH schools in each of New York’s 10 economic development regions. Each region’s program will replicate the successful P-TECH school model in Brooklyn, N.Y. and will include a local school district, university campus, and private business or businesses.

P-TECH, the first grades 9-14 school, launched in 2011 as a public/private partnership among IBM, the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York, the New York City College of Technology. The educational model provides high school students with preparation for a high school diploma, a cost-free Associates degree and workplace and career training all at once.

In late August, Governor Cuomo announced the 16 winners who formed public-private partnerships to receive funding for NYS P-TECH. New York State is the first in the nation to implement a statewide “P-TECH” initiative that links education to regional economic development.

IBM, The Business Council, the Governor’s office, the State Education Department, and the State University of New York joined together earlier this year to implement the program. Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council areas.

To read more about the P-TECH convening please click here.

IBM SmartCloud helps New York state connect education to jobs

As 16 school districts across New York State prepare to replicate the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) model that connects high school to college and career, collaboration across their network will be critical to success. That’s why IBM has awarded a SmartCloud for Social Business grant to the Public Policy Institute of New York State (PPI), which will oversee the statewide implementation of the P-TECH model. The IBM SmartCloud will enable community college professors, high school teachers, corporate partners and others to develop rigorous academic curricula that map directly to the state’s industry needs — preparing the next generation of New Yorkers for meaningful and productive 21st century careers.

Read more on the Citizen IBM blog, Robin Willner,  a consultant to the Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc. and director of its NYS P-TECH Leadership Council talks about the importance of P-TECH.

NYS P-TECH partnerships announced

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced 16 winners of a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare. Students will earn an associate degree at no cost to their families and will be first in line for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State said, “NYS P-TECH offers an innovative approach to equip today’s students with the skills they’ll need to succeed. A highly skilled workforce is a critical element in local economic development. The Business Council and our members are pleased to be partners at the state level and in each local collaboration. We are eager to roll up our sleeves and start planning these new schools.”

Governor Cuomo said, “This groundbreaking program will give students across the state the opportunity to earn a college degree without taking on significant debt from student loans while also starting on a pathway to a good-paying job when they graduate. These public-private partnerships are a model for success for our students, our employers and our regional economies.”

NYS P-TECH was announced as part of the Governor’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget and will receive additional funding and support through the State Education Department. The public-private initiative was launched in partnership with IBM, which helped create the P-TECH program and will provide tools, training and support to each NYS P-TECH school.

Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council areas.

Click here to see the 16 NYS P-TECH partnerships.

Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs at IBM and President of the IBM Foundation, said, “This extraordinary replication of P-TECH throughout the 10 economic development regions sets New York apart as the first state to ensure that rigorous academics in these schools are directly linked to great careers.”

Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York said, “NYS P-TECH is an innovative program that connects high school, college, and the world of work, all aligned through a single challenging curriculum that keeps students focused, engaged, and excited.”