By Al Baker
Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast
"The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) in Brooklyn weaves high school and college curricula into a six-year program tailored for a job in the technology industry, reports The New York Times. By 2017, its first wave of graduates will emerge with associate's degrees in applied science in computer information systems or electromechanical engineering technology, following a course of studies developed in consultation with I.B.M. Officials in Chicago were so taken by New York's P-Tech model that they opened five similar schools this year with corporate partners in telecommunications and technology. Education officials in Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee have also committed to creating such schools, and the Obama administration has recommended that Congress provide more money for vocational education -- or career and technical education (CTE) -- to promote this approach. A year from now, New York City plans to open two more schools in the model of P-Tech, focusing on other growing industries in the city, possibly including health care. The New York State Board of Regents is developing assessment exams for this type of school, one that could be substituted for one of the Regents tests."