High-Tech Partnerships Will Place NY High Schoolers on Path to Jobs

In order to make high school graduates in New York State more capable of entering the job market, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of 16 private-public partnerships that will not only allow students to earn an associate degree free of charge, but can also land them in high-skills technology jobs with participating companies. The new partnerships, selected from proposals submitted to a statewide competition last year, will emulate the example set by New York City’s P-TECH school.

The partnerships will form a part of the NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School, a program run in partnership with IBM, which will provide tools, training and support to each participant. Schools taking part in the program will also receive funding allocated from the 2013-12014 Executive budget and disbursed through the State Education Department.

State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said, “When it comes to strengthening our schools, we know one size doesn’t fit all students. We have to innovate. That’s why Chancellor Tisch and the Board of Regents have strongly supported the expansion of high quality career and technical education and early college high school programs. The P-TECH model brings business, schools and colleges together to help students prepare for college and career success. We know the P-TECH model keeps students engaged in school and learning. And we know it provides excellent career opportunities for students when they graduate.”

Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs at IBM and President of the IBM Foundation, said, “This extraordinary replication of P-TECH throughout the 10 economic development regions sets New York apart as the first state to ensure that rigorous academics in these schools are directly linked to great careers. With 14 million ‘middle skills’ jobs predicted in the next decade, P-TECH will help foster the talent and skills required to advance the state and national economy. We trust that other states will follow New York’s lead.”

The new P-TECH campuses will prepare students to enter industries from information technology to manufacturing to health care. Companies taking part include IBM, which will partner with Newburgh Enlarged City School District and SUNY Orange and Lockheed Martin and Delta Engineers which will work with Broome Community College and a regional consortium of schools lead by the Binghamton City School District.

Heather C. Briccetti, President and CEO of the Business Council of New York State said, “NYS P-TECH offers an innovative approach to equip today’s students with the skills they’ll need to succeed. A highly skilled workforce is a critical element in local economic development. The Business Council and our members are pleased to be partners at the state level and in each local collaboration. We are eager to roll up our sleeves and start planning these new schools.”

Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York said, “NYS P-TECH is an innovative program that connects high school, college, and the world of work, all aligned through a single challenging curriculum that keeps students focused, engaged, and excited. I congratulate Governor Cuomo on his vision in scaling up this exemplary program to have a statewide presence with at least one P-TECH in every region of the State and I am proud that SUNY has been selected to participate in so many of these vital partnerships.”