ALBANY, N.Y. – Education leaders and corporate executives will be meeting in Albany Monday to discuss a new educational model aimed at sending students straight from school to a career in their field.
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will be hosting education leaders, corporate executives and government officials to discuss initiating the P-Tech program in New York.
The Pathways in Technology Early College High School model was created by IBM. P-Tech will be the first statewide effort in the country to use a school-to-career program. High school students will be taught additional workplace skills with the help of mentors.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and IBM announced earlier this year a public-private partnership to prepare thousands of New York students for high-skills jobs of the future in technology, manufacturing, healthcare and finance.
The program will continue into community college. After graduation, the students will be the first in line for jobs at large companies throughout New York that participate in the partnership program. Some of these companies include IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Cisco, GE Healthcare, Wegmans and Lockheed Martin.
Sixteen communities throughout New York have decided to take part in the program, including Troy, Ballston Spa, Hudson Falls and Gloversville.
More than 6,000 students will be expected to join the program when it kicks off in 2014.