By this summer, more than 150 students will have graduated from IBM P-TECH schools in four U.S. cities. The students, who graduate with both their high school diplomas and their associate degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), attended Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy in Chicago; Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) in Norwalk, Conn.; and Excelsior Academy in Newburgh, N.Y.
Many of the scholars who participated in P-TECH, a grade 9-to-14 education model pioneered by IBM in partnership with educators, have completed the six-year program early — some in under four years — and many will be the first in their family to earn a college degree.
Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) are innovative public schools spanning grades 9 to 14 that bring together the best elements of high school, college and career.
P-TECH will grow from 1 school in 2011 to more than 100 schools in 2018
Within six years, students graduate with a no-cost associate degree in applied science, engineering, computers or other competitive STEM disciplines, along with the skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies or step easily into high-growth, “new collar” jobs. These are positions in some of the nation’s fastest-growing industries where what matters most is having in-demand skills.
Innovation grows from partnerships
This new education model was co-developed by IBM working together with educators, policymakers and elected officials. P-TECH is designed to be both widely replicable and sustainable, as part of a national effort to reform career and technical education.
P-TECH students are supported by more than 400 business partners
Industry partners help ensure that students graduate career-ready, providing mentoring, site visits and paid internships. The schools map skills that employers value into the curriculum, preparing P-TECH graduates to enter the workforce after graduation.
P-TECH scholars plan to keep learning
Some of the P-TECH graduates will move on to “new collar” jobs, ranging from associate analyst to digital design developer.
On-time graduation from Brooklyn P-TECH is 4x the national average
Others plan to pursue their bachelor’s degrees, and some will do both — maintaining jobs that use the skills they gained in the program while furthering their education.
Learn more about P-TECH
IBM and other stakeholders created a detailed playbook for how this model can be replicated elsewhere. The website offers tools and case studies to help school districts, higher education institutions and businesses establish P-TECH schools by replicating IBM’s groundbreaking public-private partnership education model.