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Six-Year High School Lets Students Earn a College Degree and a Job at IBM

Students can graduate with an associate's degree in computer science.

Last week we hosted a panel discussion on how schools, businesses and government need to work together to educate the STEM workforce of the future. Well, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, a new collaboration between the IBM International Foundation and the New York City Public Schools might just be a model partnership.

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That Cigarette's Banned on Campus

Itching for a smoke break between classes? If you attend a CUNY school, you're going to need to get totally off campus.

Itching for a smoke break between classes? If you attend one of 23 City University of New York campuses, you're going to need to get completely off campus. At least, that's what a vote last night by the CUNY Board of Trustees decided. The CUNY system joins 420 other campuses nationwide that ban puffing on tobacco anywhere on school property.

The vote was considered a mere formality since the university made its views on smoking, and its responsibility to its students' health, clear last summer in an open letter on the school's website. CUNY just opened a new school of public health focused on the "prevention of chronic diseases and reducing health inequities." Given that, the school feels they have "an opportunity—and a responsibility—to set new standards for healthy universities."

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IBM's New Pipeline: Training High School Students

IBM and the City University of New York are teaming up to train future IT workers in New York City by opening a high school that goes up to grade 14.


Precocious New York City students who know they want to work in the tech sector have a new path from the classroom to industry. On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the City University of New York (CUNY) and IBM would be joining forces to open a high school that goes from 9th up to 14th grade. (That's one more than 13th grade. Take that, Canada!)

Students who attend the school will graduate with both a high school diploma, an associate's degree, and the computer giant's most sincere wishes that they continue into they join the corporation as an employee. It won't quite be an engraved invitation, but certainly a preferred spot in the hiring queue.

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