Education and Workforce Development Committee Update
February 20, 2013

Replicating P-TECH: Get involved!

On February 12, during his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama referenced the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn. He said:

“Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.”

New York needs to build on the success of schools like P-TECH. The Business Council invites member companies interested in learning more about this innovative grade 9-14 model.

Next Generation Job Linkage Program

The Executive Budget changes the base aid formula for community college program funding so that enrollment in a program that confers a credit-bearing certificate, an Associate of Occupational Studies degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree will only count as aidable college enrollment if:

Enrollment in programs not meeting the requirements above would still count as aidable enrollment in the 2013-14 fiscal year if a student was enrolled in the same program and was counted in the determination of aidable college enrollment during, or prior to, the 2012-13 fiscal year.

The Executive Budget puts aside $5 million in new performance grants for the Next Generation Job Linkage Program incentive fund, which will make awards to community college programs based on criteria that include:

What do you think? The Business Council is interested to hear from members on this proposal.