By this summer, 100 students from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Chicago will have graduated from the P-TECH program with both their high school diplomas and their associate degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). 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 80 schools in 2017
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 300 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.