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June, 20th 2016
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Si lo haces acompañado,  el camino será más llevadero. Es el lema que nos mueve en  las Lanzaderas de Empleo; por eso creamos el programa en el 2013, para ayudar a personas desempleadas a emprender un nuevo rumbo hacia el mercado laboral.

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El paro es la mayor lacra social que arrastra nuestro país; no podemos cerrar los ojos ante esta realidad o dar la espalda a las personas que más lo necesitan. Las medidas en la lucha contra el paro no pueden partir únicamente de las administraciones públicas, sino que deben ocupar y preocupar a entidades privadas, empresas y ciudadanía.

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As a resident of Connecticut, I am pleased to serve in a leadership role with the company that created the P-TECH grade 9 to 14 schools model. P-TECH represents a series of critical innovations in the history of American education. And Connecticut’s Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) – a partnership among the Norwalk Public Schools, Norwalk Community College and IBM – is an outstanding example of how educators, government, and employers are working together to serve our nation’s young people.

The author (second from left), Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling (second from right) and distinguished guests at the 2016 NECA Honors Ceremony, Norwalk High School, Norwalk, CT

The author (second from left), Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling (second from right) and distinguished guests at the 2016 NECA Honors Ceremony, Norwalk High School, Norwalk, CT

The quality of education in the U.S. is among the world’s best, and students from around the globe come here to study in our nation’s universities. That’s why it’s especially important for us to “up our game” when it comes to preparing American young people for college and career. It has been a long time since a high school diploma alone was enough to ensure access to the job market and middle-class earnings. Today’s labor market is global, and today’s (and tomorrow’s) industries need workers with postsecondary training in both academics and workplace skills. That’s where NECA and the P-TECH model come in.

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With a strong history and expertise in innovation, IBM has put education as one of the core elements of its citizenship initiative to support the innovation culture. A quality education is of vital importance for Turkey’s young population and a catalyst for social and economic development. Within this in mind, IBM Citizenship programs in Turkey provide tools and platforms to strengthen the quality of education.

IBM volunteers meeting with students and teachers at Macka Akif Tuncel Technical and Vocational School

IBM volunteers meeting with students and teachers at Macka Akif Tuncel Technical and Vocational School

The excitement to learn and innovate is critical in early years of education. Hence to promote engineering, IBM Turkey led the signing of a protocol between the Corporate Volunteer Association (a network of 70 companies which aim to support corporate volunteering) with the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education to execute a “Friends of Schools Program” in 50 schools across Istanbul. Industry volunteers worked with students to help develop their creative thinking, teach them to express themselves to ensure high-level study skills in line with the 2023 vision, and improve 21st century skills. More than 15 IBMers volunteered to visit schools and promote engineering to students eight to 10 years old – reaching more than 500 students in 2016.

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Last June, we were proud to welcome our first six early P-TECH graduates to the ranks of educated men and women prepared for success in both the workplace and in higher education. Today, we are proud to announce that 32 more have joined their ranks – bringing to 38 the number of P-TECH scholars who will have earned their high school diplomas and associate degrees one to two years ahead of schedule. But young people graduate every spring, so what makes the P-TECH program and its graduates so unique? Why did President Obama choose to speak at our school? And why are six U.S. states, Australia and 250 corporate partners replicating the P-TECH model?

Clockwise, from Left: Alyssa Sandy, Amanda Crawford, ShuDon Brown, Elisabel Herrera. (Credit: Ari Fishkind for IBM)

Clockwise, from Left: Alyssa Sandy, Amanda Crawford, ShuDon Brown, Elisabel Herrera. (Credit: Ari Fishkind for IBM)

Among the answers is that P-TECH is redefining possibilities for underserved youth, and creating a new generation of young leaders. Young people from P-TECH are exploding tired notions of what those from their communities can achieve. Shown a clear pathway to success, and mentored by caring professionals, P-TECH students are not merely exceeding expectations, they are re-writing them as they re-shape the narratives of their lives.

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IBM’s Veterans Employment Initiative, part of the IBM Impact Grant portfolio, connects IBM expert software trainers with qualified participants for five days of instruction on IBM® i2® Analyst’s Notebook®. At the conclusion of the instructional session, participants may take the exam for certification as an advanced data analyst. Employers are expected to fill nearly 200,000 jobs over the next few years with those holding credentials like those provided by this new program. Thus far, 98 percent of the 150 program participants have attained certification as advanced data analysts. And 25 percent of them have accepted positions with IBM or other participating employers. More than 350 veterans will have participated in the IBM program by the end of 2016.

By Diane Melley, Debbie Landers and Robert Griffin

Data analytics is key to ensuring that organizations today remain competitive and employees engaged. As a result, industry experts cite data analytics as one of the fastest growing career fields, with a shortage of at least 200,000 data analysts to fill corporate data analyst jobs by 2018.

An IBM i2® Analyst’s Notebook® Class in San Antonio, Texas

An IBM i2® Analyst’s Notebook® Class in San Antonio, Texas

With qualified IT candidates in short supply, IBM is taking a new approach to recruitment by working with Veteran Service Organizations to help train and place veterans in civilian jobs. Led by IBM’s Corporate Citizenship team and funded via IBM’s Impact Grant program, the new Veterans Employment Accelerator grant program lets veterans capitalize on their unique skill sets and connect their talents to the business world. IBM’s Cloud and Analytics Software and data analyst training teams are donating their time to teach and certify veterans with industry-ready data analyst skills to help them start new IT careers.

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Few people had heard of the Zika virus before 2015, when it began rapidly spreading in the Americas, particularly in Brazil. The virus is mostly spread by mosquitoes, although sexual and blood transmission are also possible. Some pregnant women who have contracted the Zika virus have given birth to infants with a condition called microcephaly, which results in severe brain development issues. In other cases, adults and children who contract the Zika virus have suffered paralysis and other neurological problems.

Zika Virus Image (Copyright John Liebler, www.ArtoftheCell.com. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

Zika Virus Image (Copyright John Liebler, www.ArtoftheCell.com. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

Currently, there is no treatment for the Zika virus and no vaccine. Given that Zika has quickly become an international public health concern, my team and I are working with researchers here in Brazil as well as in the United States to look for possible treatments, and we are using IBM World Community Grid to accelerate our project.

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I was born in Trinidad and began my life in America at the age of two. Like many families, my parents came to New York seeking the American Dream and a better future for me and my sisters. After our arrival, my family moved around a bit until we finally settled in a part of Brooklyn we could afford.

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After briefly attending a neighborhood public school, my parents transferred me to
St. Rita, a Catholic middle school, hoping to get me away from the violence and disarray of my surroundings.

Growing up in a religious household, the strict atmosphere of St. Rita was nothing new. Back home in Trinidad, discipline and religion went hand in hand, and my parents made sure to bring along those principles with them, to raise me with respect, determination and will—which I applied to every aspect of my life and for which I will forever be thankful.

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Janiel Richards, 18, is the oldest of four siblings and recently graduated from P-Tech in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where she earned both her high school diploma and her Associate in Applied Science degree in computer information systems from the New York City College of Technology. There are now 60 P-TECH schools and 200 industry partners. A version of this article originally appeared on GradNation.org.

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May, 6th 2016
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By Debbie Landers and Robert Griffin

Data analytics is key to ensuring that organizations today remain competitive and employees engaged. As a result, industry experts cite data analytics as one of the fastest growing career fields, with a shortage of at least 200,000 data analysts to fill corporate data analyst jobs by 2018.

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With qualified IT candidates in short supply, IBM is taking a new approach to recruitment by working with Veteran Service Organizations to help train and place veterans in civilian jobs. Led by IBM’s Corporate Citizenship team and funded via IBM’s Impact Grant program, the new Veterans Employment Accelerator grant program lets veterans capitalize on their unique skill sets and connect their talents to the business world. IBM’s Cloud and Analytics Software and data analyst training teams are donating their time to teach and certify veterans with industry-ready data analyst skills to help them start new IT careers.

Together with our program partners Corporate America Supports You and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (CASY-MSCCN), veterans have the opportunity to participate in free IBM i2 Analyst Notebook software training sessions offered throughout the U.S. Each training opportunity is an intensive, week-long session that prepares graduates to take the certification exam to become an advanced data analyst.

Recruiting vets is one of the many ways that HR is evolving in the world of big data and cognitive computing. They bring tremendous value to a civilian employer. What they need – after many years in the highly regimented environment of the military – is guidance to leverage their skills and have an opportunity to contribute.

Having placed thousands of veterans into suitable jobs in the U.S. for the last two years,
the program has expanded to the UK and Canada. We’re on track to train 300+ trainees by end of this year, and invite other corporations to partner with us and join our ever-growing list of partners supporting this program, including Boeing, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, USAA and Aetna.

Through programs like the Veterans Employment Accelerator program, our service men and women can discover commonalities between their military background and the requirements of civilian industry, fill a critical IT need and begin the next chapter of their lives.

Debbie Landers is General Manager of Smarter Workforce at IBM. Robert Griffin is
General Manager of Safer Planet at IBM. A version of this article first appeared on HR.com.

Related Resources:

From Military Service to Data Analytics: Helping Vets with Career Transformation

A Family Tradition of Service

Learn More About IBM Impact Grants

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At this week’s Milken Institute Global Conference, I joined an exciting and important discussion about closing the disconnect between education and college and career readiness. Watch and share the video of this discussion to learn how public-private partnerships – not finger pointing or assessing blame – are essential to ensuring that today’s and tomorrow’s high school graduates have the academic and workplace skills
they need to succeed.

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A former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Schools, Stanley S. Litow is
IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Affairs and an architect
of the IBM P-TECH grade 9 to 14 program.

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Why America Needs P-TECH to Succeed

To Innovate, We Must Educate

VIDEO: Creating Pathways to STEM Careers

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Ghana has long been a launch pad for groundbreaking international collaboration. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy sent the very first group of Peace Corps volunteers to Ghana. Eight years ago, the inaugural IBM Corporate Service Corps team, which brings IBM consultants, services, and talent to the world pro bono, also traveled to Ghana. For both organizations, it seemed logical to launch the first IBM Corporate Service Corps partnership project with the Peace Corps in Ghana.

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Together, the preeminent international service organization of the United States and the largest corporate global pro bono program are using their skills and talents in tandem to work together with global communities to tackle their most pressing needs.

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Gina Tesla is Director of Corporate Citizenship Initiatives with IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs.

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