P-TECH

“Ever Upward” for Excelsior Academy’s First Graduates

Excelsior – the motto of New York State – means “ever upward,” and signifies New Yorkers’ desire to achieve. I can think of no better name for our P-TECH school within Newburgh Free Academy than “Excelsior Academy” – the school I lead, in partnership with IBM and the Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange). Excelsior Academy is a […]

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Norwalk Early College Academy Mints Its First Graduates

After just four years, Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) is proud to honor the first graduates of our “six-year” P-TECH program. Our partnership with Norwalk Community College and IBM enable us to provide rigorous high school and college coursework leading to a no-cost associate degree in software engineering, web development or mobile programming, and the […]

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Welcoming the Next Generation to the New Collar Workforce

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 […]

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Creating Value Through P-TECH Mentorship

Reflecting upon my career with IBM, I realize that I followed an atypical path. I started working for the company before I received my college degree and completed both my undergraduate and graduate education while working my way up the company ladder. Navigating my way through a constantly transforming company in an era of rapid […]

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What’s Next for IBM P-TECH?

In 2010 – in direct response to the skills crisis – IBM designed P-TECH, a grade 9 to 14 school. And from the launch of the first school in 2011, P-TECH has grown to nearly 70 schools across three continents – with more than 300 business partners following IBM’s design. There is only one reason […]

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P-TECH: Reflections on a Milestone

When we launched Brooklyn P-TECH in 2011, we had high hopes – for our students, for the community, for a transformation in education that would restore (and then advance) our mission to serve the next generation. We thought we had the right idea: to connect high school to college and “new collar” careers. And we […]

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Who Are Today’s Hidden Figures?

Check out this great profile of three new IBM P-TECH graduates — young women who are breaking barriers to pursue their interests in STEM education and New Collar Jobs. (This video was produced by theGrio.) Rashid Ferrod Davis is the Founding Principal of IBM’s Brooklyn P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School). Related Resource: […]

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Girls Step Forward at IBM Women in STEM Panel

P-TECH Schools Packing the “New Collar Jobs” Pipeline Recently, 50 female scholars from the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) in Connecticut; Excelsior Academy in Newburgh, New York; and Brooklyn P-TECH participated in the first-ever IBM Women in STEM Panel at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. The event brought together […]

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IBM P-TECH: Helping Graduates Blaze Diverse Pathways to Success

Today marks a significant milestone on the journey of 16 extraordinary young people, as they complete both their high school diplomas and associate degrees in STEM fields. This milestone is significant because all 16 are students of color from low-income families, and because nearly 100 percent are headed to four-year colleges. This outstanding achievement also […]

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Building on P-TECH’s Progress

Brooklyn’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School – the inaugural school of the P-TECH network – has delivered remarkable results just five years into its six-year grade 9 to 14 program. With open admissions (no testing), and a predominantly low-income, nonwhite student body, P-TECH is enabling young people from traditionally underserved communities to construct […]

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P-TECH Intern Diving Head First Into Cognitive Computing

Naseer Campbell was 14-years-old when he decided to pursue a degree in computer science and technology. He’s now 18, in his fifth year of Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, and wrapping up his second summer internship at IBM’s Thomas J Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. READ THE REST OF […]

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Making a Difference, Not Just a Living

If you know IBM, the scope and depth of the initiatives detailed in our 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report will not surprise you. IBM undertakes actions at scale, and because corporate responsibility is fully integrated with our overall business strategy, our CSR programs are global in reach as they seek to enable fundamental transformations of societal […]

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Building a Brighter Future for Connecticut’s Students

As a resident of Connecticut, I am pleased to serve in a leadership role with the company that created the P-TECH grade 9 to 14 schools model. P-TECH represents a series of critical innovations in the history of American education. And Connecticut’s Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) – a partnership among the Norwalk Public Schools, […]

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IBM P-TECH: Redefining Possibilities for a New Generation

Last June, we were proud to welcome our first six early P-TECH graduates to the ranks of educated men and women prepared for success in both the workplace and in higher education. Today, we are proud to announce that 32 more have joined their ranks – bringing to 38 the number of P-TECH scholars who […]

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A Diploma, a Degree, and a Job Offer from IBM: One P-TECH Student’s Experience

I was born in Trinidad and began my life in America at the age of two. Like many families, my parents came to New York seeking the American Dream and a better future for me and my sisters. After our arrival, my family moved around a bit until we finally settled in a part of […]

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