P-TECH

Modernized Perkins Act Finally Passes!

Across the country families are completing their annual back-to-school rituals. Binders and backpacks are flying off the shelves and students are returning to the familiar flow of the classroom. But this year something big has changed, something that will have an immediate and positive impact on American education. This week the modernized Carl D. Perkins […]

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“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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“Keeping It Real” on International Women’s Day

The tech industry has a lot to answer for these days. It is no longer is acceptable to create social platforms without overseeing their use, to capture data without protecting privacy, or to ignore cultural diversity when developing new tools “for all.” IBM takes its stewardship of innovation, technology and their consequences seriously. And we […]

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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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Doing Well by Doing Good

Communities around the globe face an overwhelming number of intractable problems –from income inequality to climate change, to job creation and the spread of deadly and incurable diseases. No one sector – whether government, business, academia or civil society – can tackle today’s challenges all by itself. All sectors must work together, and all must […]

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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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By Teachers For Teachers: Teacher Advisor With Watson

When it comes to education, data shows that deep knowledge and practical skills in science and math levels the playing field of opportunity for a diverse population of young people, regardless of zip code. Despite the fact that success in math in the elementary grades connects directly to achievement across all subjects, elementary school teachers […]

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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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Inspiring the “New Collar” Workforce of Tomorrow

From our early days as a company, IBM has demonstrated its commitment to finding the world’s best and brightest minds to join our ranks. Educating our workforce to meet new technological challenges has been a hallmark of our century-plus long legacy. As one can imagine, the technical skill set needed in the workplace then was […]

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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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