Today’s TIME Magazine cover story on IBM’s P-TECH-model school in Chicago is an across-the-board validation of everything that we and our partners in education and government are working to achieve:
- Transforming America’s approach to education and employment through innovation
- Contributing time, technology and expertise (not just cash) to affect meaningful and sustainable change
- Placing the needs of our clients – young people anxious to learn and succeed – first
The story of Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy on Chicago’s South Side, and the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, New York is the story of a groundswell movement to break the cycle of poverty, rescue a generation (and a nation) from an uncertain future, and blaze a pathway to success that others can follow.
While the success of IBM’s P-TECH model has not been overnight, so much has happened so quickly that the momentum of the movement feels unstoppable:
- 2011: Brooklyn P-TECH welcomes its inaugural, open-admissions class set to earn both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in technology through IBM’s partners the New York City College of Technology and The City University of New York – all within existing budgets.
- 2012: Inspired by a visionary principal and aided by dedicated faculty and IBM mentors, P-TECH students excel academically. Their success prompts Mayor Rahm Emanuel to open the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy and four additional P-TECH-model schools in Chicago.
- 2013: After praising Brooklyn P-TECH in his State of the Union address, President Obama visits the school and earmarks $100 million to replicate P-TECH-type programs around the country. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces the state’s plans to open 26 more P-TECH-model schools.
- 2014: The movement continues as the President reaffirms America’s commitment to the P-TECH model and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announces plans to bring
P-TECH to his state.
Be sure to read and share this great TIME Magazine article that shows how enthusiastic teachers, great IBM mentors and a great partnership among IBM, the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago (and a similar set of partners in New York City and State) are making a difference for their communities while serving as examples for
Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of the IBM International Foundation. Mr. Litow is a former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools.
TIME: The School That Will Get You a Job (full version requires subscription)
TIME VIDEO: The School That Is Changing American Education (no subscription required)