New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to establish 10 new programs modeled on Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), the IBM-backed school in Brooklyn that takes students through high school and two years of college with the goal of meeting the demand for workers with the right skills for high tech jobs.
P-TECH is the same program President Obama singled out for praise in his State of the Union Address earlier this month. Gov. Cuomo's office announced the technology education partnership program Tuesday as part of his executive budget proposal.
Following the IBM blueprint for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, P-TECH and schools like it are starting to be established in other cities such as Chicago to help students earn an associate degree, which IBM considers the minimum qualification for an entry-level job in a technical discipline. IBM has promised that those who graduate from the program will be "first in line" for a job at IBM, whether they stop with the equivalent of a community college education or continue on to earn a four-year degree