Last week, a new high school opened its doors in Brooklyn, New York. Like many high schools in the country, the curriculum focuses on science and technology. But P-TECH is different than most of those schools. It will not only offer a high school education but will certify its graduates in a high-tech field. Students will also be able to obtain their associate degrees — for free — as part of their studies. And finally, graduates will have first crack at a job at IBM upon graduation.
That’s because “Big Blue” helped design the school — a collaboration with it, the New York City Department of Education, and the City University of New York. IBM helped develop the curriculum; it chose the principal; it’s committed funding and resources to equip the school with computers; and it’s offering 130 IBM mentors — one for each student at the school as well as for the principal.
The principal is Rashid Davis, who leaves his position at the Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy to head the newly formed high school. Although Davis was part of a grade-tampering Continue reading