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P-TECH: Reflections on a Milestone

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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 thought we had the right partners: The City University of New York, New York City College of Technology and IBM. We believed we would succeed, but we had no idea by how much. We say thank you to the first families and students of P-TECH.

Brooklyn P-TECH Graduates.

Fast-forward to today to witness the culmination of P-TECH’s first full six-year program cycle through which students earn both their high school diploma and a STEM two-year associate degree without the need of remediation. As we congratulate 34 new Brooklyn P-TECH graduates, and 13 from our sibling school – the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy in Chicago – we reflect on what this momentous occasion means for these ambitious young people, and for a generation that needs our help so they can help us.

To read the entire story by Rashid Ferrod Davis, please visit Citizen IBM Blog.

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