On November 23rd, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels and IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Vice President Stanley Litow announced Maryland’s commitment to open as many as four IBM P-TECH grade 9 – 14 schools in the City of Baltimore and across the state. These new schools will join the network of innovative IBM P-TECH model schools in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Rhode Island and Australia in connecting high school to college and 21st
Below, the Founding Principal of the inaugural IBM P-TECH school in Brooklyn, New York reflects on his school’s integrated approach to preparing graduates for college, career
IBM P-TECH model schools are engaging diverse groups of young adults across five U.S. states and Australia in rigorous and relevant academic programs that are breaking down barriers to college and middle-class careers. All six students who graduated from Brooklyn P-TECH and education partner the New York City College of Technology with the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree received job offers from IBM. Half joined the company in positions paying more than $50,000 per year. The rest opted to continue their educations at four-year colleges and universities – on full scholarships. But is P-TECH all work and
Educators and parents know that’s a bit of a trick question, as the arts and athletics offer important approaches to learning en route to developing well-rounded individuals who typically perform better in academics and the workplace. In addition, sports – along with strong academic preparation – can be a ticket out of poverty for many who otherwise would be unable to afford a college education. That’s why it’s so exciting that P-TECH’s focus on personal success is producing graduates who excel academically, in the workplace and on the field.
On the heels of the U.N.’s adoption in late September of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, an Asia Pacific volunteering alliance recently convened a forum for hundreds of youth and development partners from northeast Asia at the Korea Council on Foreign Relations in Seoul.
In his keynote address highlighting the role of volunteers in global development, Young-Mok Kim, president of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), stressed the key role of Peace Corps volunteers and the Saemaul Undong village self-help model in Korea’s 50-year rise from a low-income to a high-income nation.
The New-York Historical Society’s latest exhibition, Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York begins with an event that was an unforgettable part of my life – the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Taking my first excursion on public transportation without parents or older siblings, I ventured with my friends to the Fair grounds in Flushing Meadows Park, where we were thrilled to enter the majestic, ovoid building known as “The Egg,” that architect Eero Saarinen had designed as the IBM Pavilion. And there, in a crowd that had flocked to the Fair from around the United States and the world, we first glimpsed the possibility that a Computer Age was coming and would affect how we all lived. Back then, of course, it
never occurred to us that the Fair would be history. If anything, we thought it was revealing the future.
Well, the Fair is history now. Still, though much has changed since 1964, the spirit of innovation that visitors saw inside the IBM Pavilion continues to resonate today. Indeed, as my colleagues and I learned while collaborating with IBM in the development of our exhibition, the very same qualities that, 50 years ago set IBM as a gold standard – creativity, team work, civic engagement – continue to drive its success.
IBMer Alex Williams knows what it means to serve. A third-generation soldier, Alex joined the Army after high school and
served for eight years – including three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As an Abrams M1A1 Main Battle Tank crew member, Alex’s job on two of his tours was to “seek and engage” an elusive enemy. Back home in North Carolina, Alex continued his education
at Wake Tech, continues to serve as an Army reservist, and
recently – with IBM-sponsored training and job placement assistance – has transitioned
to a civilian career.
“After eight years in the military, I was ready to settle near my family and take on new challenges. I still contribute [one weekend per month?] to serving my country, while IBM has helped me make the most of my Army training, education and technical expertise.” – Alex Williams, System Service Representative, IBM Technical Support Services (Managed Vendor Support Services), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Alex participated in the Veteran’s Employment Initiative, sponsored jointly by Corporate America Supports You, the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network and IBM. The Veteran’s Employment Initiative is part of an IBM Impact Grant portfolio that includes skills and capacity building. Through the program, veterans in the U.S. and UK can receive free training on IBM i2 Analytics software in preparation for the certification exam to become advanced data analysts.
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We are still living in difficult times. Governments, municipalities, businesses and families have been going through strong financial constraints, causing development delays in the so called “intelligent territories” — areas using ICT (information and communications technology) to help drive economic development. But we have capitalized on these circumstances to create opportunities to prepare different solutions that will change the face of Faro in the near term, especially regarding energy efficiency, receptivity and encouragement towards entrepreneurship and our rediscovered vocation – the Economy of the Sea.
As the poet used to say, “a dream dreamed alone is a dream; a dream dreamed together is a reality.” With our new Community Support Framework for 2014 – 2020, it is precisely our overall perspective that we must form partnerships between the public and private sectors to develop our projects and initiatives. This is important not only to reduce individual financial efforts and create economies of scale, but above all to develop truly deep and structural initiatives.
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When CSVNet approached IBM we were already aware of IBM’s On Demand Community program and of the company’s long tradition of commitment to addressing societal issues. So it was quite simple to start a conversation with IBM’s Corporate Citizenship team in Italy in order to set a common framework on which to build a partnership.
CSVNet is the National Coordination Network of Volunteering Service Centers (CSV), a consortium created in 2003 to provide strength and continuity to the network of service centers established in 1991. Today, CSVNet represents 72 service centers and is one of the most visible, active and vital organizations in the Third Sector (the non-profit sector) in Italy – serving more than 44,000 Volunteering Organizations (VO).
See how the P-TECH 9-14 school model is transforming high school through the eyes of two students, ShuDon and Xzavyen. This video, created for Ted@IBM, demonstrates how this promising model is changing the life trajectories of some of our nation’s most underserved young people – putting them on the path to college and meaningful careers.
With a network of 40 schools and growing, P-TECH is preparing the diverse and skilled talent needed to fill 21st century jobs.
Grace Suh is Senior Manager for Education with IBM Corporate Citizenship &
Chigozie Okorie, P-TECH student and intern at the IBM Center for Applied Insights, is conducting a series of executive interviews exploring topics such as the skills necessary for business today and how to prepare students for a very dynamic future.
As a kid, I had very colorful and vivid imagination. Whether it was my many Power Rangers drawings or the plate of food I played with, I thought everything I did and ate was a form of innovation. But my kind of innovation at the time wasn’t life altering; it wasn’t until I was much older that I realized innovation could prove to make a difference in the world. The items we consume and the technology that we use daily are examples of breakthroughs that were once ideas and turned into actual commodities that help improve our lives. At IBM Research, there are projects that do just that and on a global scale, impacting the world. Arvind Krishna, the Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, is helping lead the force that strives to use creativity and collaboration to make a technological difference in the world. The interview with Arvind was imaginative, compelling, included awesome mental math, and gave me detailed insight on the creative process of IBM Research; all combined, it made up an amazing learning experience for me.
A 2013 study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce noted the percentage of jobs by the year 2020 that would require postsecondary education or training. For Utah, the researchers estimated that 66 percent of future jobs would require education or training beyond high school. As Governor of Utah and Chair of the National Governors Association, part of my mission is to ensure that young people in my state and across the country are prepared for the jobs of the future. But to make that happen, we must take action today.
I recently unveiled my NGA Chair’s Initiative “States: Finding Solutions, Improving Lives”, and addressed this important initiative before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. States are finding solutions to critical issues, and I highlighted several of them during my remarks. One of the innovative solutions I detailed was IBM’s P-TECH school in Brooklyn, New York. Leading programs like P-TECH will help us build a better future for generations to come.