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Reinventing Education to Rebuild the American Economy

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In his recent State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that New York State “is in the midst of an education reinvention” that is part of an overall strategy for “Rebuilding New York.” A critical part of that reinvention will be New York’s expansion of the P-TECH grades 9 – 14 schools model to include 10 additional schools – one in each of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council areas. These 10 new P-TECH schools will join the 16 schools that already are in development across the state.

New York State P-TECH Industry Consortia

New York State P-TECH Industry Consortia

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Through rigorous academics and career-relevant curricula, P-TECH-model schools in
New York City and Chicago are showing results even before their first classes graduate. President Obama’s October 2013 visit to Brooklyn P-TECH – and the White House’s earmarking $100 million for national expansion of the model– underscored the importance of the P-TECH movement and the need to close America’s skills gap by connecting education to jobs nationwide.

The strength of the P-TECH model is that public-private partnerships among school districts, higher education systems and corporate employers can help any community – whether rural, urban or suburban – connect its young people to meaningful careers. And as one of the country’s most diverse states, New York is the ideal laboratory for proof of the
P-TECH concept and its nationwide relevance.

Since the August 2013 announcement that New YorkState would open 16 P-TECH-model schools to prepare more than 6,000 students for high-skill jobs, the statewide consortium to develop the new schools has made significant progress. Through 16 public-private partnerships, more than 60 school districts, more than 50 employers, and 19 higher education providers have committed to participation in P-TECH. Together, these partnerships are mapping skills to the curricula of each six-year P-TECH program, and refining each P-TECH iteration to meet the specific needs of a diversity of communities and industries, such as:

  • Information Technology (IT),
  • Health Care,
  • Advanced Manufacturing, and
  • Energy

In each instance, the local P-TECH-model school will address the requirements of local  communities and leverage their unique resources, seeking to attract and retain growth-industry enterprises and provide them with skilled employees. At the local, statewide and national levels, P-TECH-model schools will play a key role in re-energizing America’s economic competitiveness as they reinvent American education.

Robin Willner is a consultant to the Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc.,
serving as Director of the NYS P-TECH Leadership Council.

Related Resources:

Building on Success: 2014 State of the State

President Obama Visits P-TECH

The Pathway from Education to Employment in New York State

New York State Education Commissioner John King: How New York State Connects Education to Employment

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