Technology is everywhere and in everything in our lives.
Did anyone catch the IBM commercials this weekend during many of the televised sporting events? They featured a new type of high school that IBM is a founding partner of and continues to sponsor. Actually this new public school concept is now 9 years old. P-TECH: Pathways in Technology Early College High School is at the forefront of the latest innovations in education.
Technology is everywhere and in everything in our lives. No matter what we do or where we turn technology(NYSEARCA:XLK) is running it. The mere fact that the Big Four Tech Giants: Google, FaceBook, Apple and Amazon are now being scrutinized by the government is a case in point that tech is what makes the world go round.
So a school like P-TECH is precisely what our country needs to better prepare the next generation to run and improve the technology that we rely. P-TECH was the first school in the nation to connect high school, college, and the professional world of business through a robust combination of college and industry partnerships. They are pioneering a new vision for secondary and post-secondary education in collaboration with colleges and industry.
“P-TECH is a public education reform model focused on college attainment and career readiness. P-TECH schools span grades 9-14 and enable students to earn both a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year postsecondary degree in a STEM field. Students participate in a range of workplace experiences, including mentorship, worksite visits and paid internships. Upon graduation, students have the academic and professional skills required to either continue their education in a four-year post-secondary institution or enter into entry-level careers in IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing and other competitive fields. While the P-TECH Model encompasses six years, students are able to move at their own pace, enabling some to accelerate through the model in as little as four years.”
Founding Principal Rashid Davis is featured in these IBM TV commercials:
Full Disclosure: My oldest son just started 9th grade at Hudson Valley P-TECH and is digging the curriculum, smaller classes and his ability to compete in athletics in and remain connected to his home district.