Connecticut students to earn associate's degrees at new tech academy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One hundred ninth-graders in Norwalk will effectively start college this fall when they enter a six-year academy where they will earn an associate's degree upon graduation and a chance to be "first in line" for a job at IBM.

"That's the whole mindset when you enter this program: You're basically entering a college program and the completion is your associate's degree," said Norwalk Superintendent Manuel J. Rivera. "These young people are going to be coming in with an expectation of completing two years beyond their high school experience."

The Norwalk Early College Academy, as it will be called, is the state's first Pathways in Technology Early College High School — the so-called "P-TECH model school — that has grabbed headlines across the country.

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