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.
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.