May 17, 2018 | Written by: Jennifer Ryan Crozier
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How many young people earn their college degrees before their high school diplomas? How many achieve that goal two years ahead of schedule, often as the first in their families to earn a degree? And how many young people from low-income families earn a degree with zero student loan debt? The answers to all of these questions can be found today at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut and SUNY Orange in upstate New York – the partner institutions to IBM’s Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) and Excelsior Academy (Excelsior P-TECH) programs.
Each program serves a culturally, economically and gender-diverse population of young scholars – many (if not most) of whom have overcome significant odds to march at today’s graduations. They have worked hard to get where they are, and we have worked hard to help them. Each graduate has been the beneficiary of one-on-one IBM mentorship and paid internships – hallmarks of the P-TECH program. With encouragement and support, each graduate has excelled academically, even though none was pre-tested for admission. And ahead of each graduate lies an open field of opportunity that includes four-year college study, New Collar employment with IBM or other companies, or both.
As we celebrate our latest graduates, we invite you to see and read timely stories from Reuters TV and Workforce Magazine about how 120 P-TECH schools across the U.S. and around the world are closing the New Collar skills gap, driving diversity in STEM study and careers, and opening new worlds to a generation hungry to contribute and succeed.
Jennifer Ryan Crozier is President of the IBM Foundation and Vice President of IBM Corporate Citizenship.
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