P-TECH which is short for Pathways in Technology Early College High School was initiated in Brooklyn, New York back in September of 2011. Since then, 40 P-TECH schools have opened up across the nation and it is estimated to increase by 100 schools by this year.The program offers students a new approach to learning through mentoring and internships, bringing together the best elements of high school, college and career. Students can earn a high school diploma and associate’s degrees at the same time.. They participate in college classes where they develop workplace skills preparing them for jobs in high tech industries after they graduate.
Rhode Island Budget
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo included the creation of the schools in her fiscal year budget. Newport, Providence and Westerly are the three Rhode Island school districts that have been selected to be part of the program.
Each district will receive $200,000 to implement the program, which will include advanced manufacturing and cyber sectors and partnerships between schools. It will offer three, four and five-year mentorships to entering high school freshman, with the goal of an associate’s degree or job prospect by the end of the program.
IBM is partnering with the state to provide technical assistance and mentors for the students during the program. Students can choose whether they want to earn an associate’s degree in computer information systems or engineering technology. P-TECH graduates will be a priority pick when there are available jobs at IBM.