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For Release — November 4, 2013

NYS P-TECH Leaders to Implement Innovative Educational Model Statewide

ALBANY, NY – The first meeting of New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (NYS P-TECH) convened Monday with school, business and government officials from 16 communities statewide focusing on implementation of the innovative new educational model. New York is the first state in the nation to take P-TECH statewide and it is expected the public private partnerships will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs.

“Under Governor Cuomo, the State has worked tirelessly to ensure that New York students are fully prepared to qualify for first-rate positions after they graduate,” Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy said. “Utilizing public-private partnerships across the state, P-TECH's highly innovative program will help our state's students develop the skills and talents needed to excel in today's economy. I thank all of our partners for their hard work to make certain that New Yorkers have access to a world-class education that does not put students or their families in significant debt.”

"To address the crisis facing our educational system and the lack of qualified applicants for tomorrow's good-paying jobs, the P-TECH model must extend beyond just one school or one city. Governor Cuomo's P-TECH initiative is ensuring that thousands of children across the entire state will have a 21st Century education," said Stanley S. Litow, IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President, IBM Foundation. "Today, this meeting proved that businesses and school leaders can create powerful public / private collaborations that will help meet the state's need for skills."

“Moving New York State forward in its goal of preparing the next generation for careers in high-demand areas will help grow New York's economy, meet future business needs, and ensure that students are qualified for jobs that are in high demand,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council.

Lt. Governor Robert J. Duffy and Education Commissioner John B. King joined IBM and The Business Council along with GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Cisco, GE HealthCare, Wegmans, Regeneron, Microsoft, other companies, participating school systems and community colleges to launch program implementation.

More than $4 million in funding was approved in the 2013-2014 New York State Budget to support the formation of new P-TECH schools in each of New York's 10 economic development regions. Each region's program will replicate the successful P-TECH school model in Brooklyn, N.Y. and will include a local school district, university campus, and private business or businesses.

P-TECH, the first grades 9-14 school, launched in 2011 as a public/private partnership among IBM, the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York, the New York City College of Technology. The educational model provides high school students with preparation for a high school diploma, a cost-free Associates degree and workplace and career training all at once.

In late August, Governor Cuomo announced the 16 winners who formed public-private partnerships to receive funding for NYS P-TECH. New York State is the first in the nation to implement a statewide “P-TECH” initiative that links education to regional economic development.

IBM, The Business Council, the Governor's office, the State Education Department, and the State University of New York joined together earlier this year to implement the program. Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries in each of the state's 10 Regional Economic Development Council areas.

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