Even as the economy limps along, technology companies say they can't find workers with the specific skills they need to fill their open positions. Community colleges say their incoming students often aren't ready to take the college courses that could prepare them for good jobs in technical fields. Meanwhile, many students can't see themselves heading to a four-year college after high school, and high schools know their diplomas are no longer enough to get graduates good jobs.
Maybe if students, high schools, community colleges and technology companies worked together, they could get what they need.
That's the idea behind the first P-TECH program -- short for Pathways in Technology Early College High School -- on Long Island, a collaboration between Longwood High School, Suffolk County Community College, Eastern Suffolk BOCES and CA Technologies of Islandia, that has been fostered by Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).