NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy today announced that New Brunswick High School was chosen as one of three schools in the state to receive funding for a technology program that prepares students to obtain a college associates degree.
The city high school will receive funds for a P-Tech program, also called Pathway in Technology Early College High School. This model is a six-year-long program, spanning 9th through 12th grades, plus two more years. Successful students will receive a high school diploma and an associates degree.
Co-developed by IBM, the program brings together public high schools, community colleges, and businesses to create a pathway from high school to college to a career, state officials said. They said students would receive education in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and receive workplace experiences through mentorships and internships.
The other high schools picked to receive the funding are in Burlington City High School and Paterson's PANTHER Academy.
“Through this innovative partnership, students will receive a high-quality education and gain in-demand skills that employers need in the 21st century, while employers will gain a diverse pipeline of skilled employees,” Murphy said. "By providing students with the skills needed for these high-wage, high-skill jobs, New Jersey is strengthening its talent base to remain economically competitive for years to come," he said.
IBM officials said the P-Tech model has been implemented in eight other states, including Louisiana, Texas, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Colorado, and Illinois.
“P-TECH is a true collaboration between public education, the private sector, and policymakers serving as champions for a new kind of high school poised to transform how we teach our young people for the world of today and the future,” Jennifer Ryan Crozier, president of the IBM Foundation and vice president of IBM Corporate Citizenship, said in a statement.
Edwards Engineering Group of Somerville will serve as a corporate partner for New Brunswick High School students.
State officials said this model could be expanded to include other schools in the future.