Ho­gan an­nounces “P-TECH Op­por­tu­nity” ex­pan­sion and ad­di­tional fund­ing

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL -

Gov. Larry Ho­gan has an­nounced a pro­posal to ex­pand the Path­ways in Tech­nol­ogy Early Col­lege High School (P-TECH) pro­gram in Mary­land. The P-TECH ed­u­ca­tion model, co-de­vel­oped by IBM, is an in­no­va­tive, na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ap­proach that blends high school, col­lege, and work ex­pe­ri­ence in one.

Gov. Ho­gan was joined by Guillermo Mi­randa, Vice Pres­i­dent & Global Head, IBM Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen­ship; Dave Ve­lazquez, Pres­i­dent and CEO, Pepco Hold­ings; Calvin G. But­ler Jr., CEO, Bal­ti­more Gas and Elec­tric; Ken Cornew, Pres­i­dent and CEO, Ex­elon Gen­er­a­tion, which in­cludes Con­stel­la­tion; Dr. Karen Salmon, Mary­land Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools; Keif­fer Mitchell, Se­nior Ad­vi­sor to the gov­er­nor; Lori Bush, P-TECH Co­or­di­na­tor at Carver Vo­ca­tion­alTech­ni­cal High, and Jami­rah Ben­bow, a ju­nior in the P-TECH Carver pro­gram in Bal­ti­more City.

“P-TECH is one of the most cre­ative and in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to ed­u­ca­tion and rep­re­sents an in­cred­i­ble part­ner­ship between our busi­ness com­mu­nity, our com­mu­nity col­leges, and our school sys­tems,” said Gov­er­nor Ho­gan. “The pro­gram is open to all stu­dents, with no tests or grade re­quire­ments for ad­mis­sion and it gives young Mary­lan­ders who may oth­er­wise not have much hope for a bet­ter fu­ture the op­por­tu­nity to engage in an in­te­grated ed­u­ca­tion in the crit­i­cal ar­eas of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, and math. The P-TECH model is not only expanding ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties in our state it is also strength­en­ing Mar yland’s econ­omy.”

The gov­er­nor an­nounced that the ad­min­is­tra­tion will sub­mit the P-TECH Op­por­tu­nity Act of 2019 dur­ing the up­com­ing ses­sion of the Mar yland Gen­eral Assem­bly. The bill will im­prove and ex­pand the cur­rent leg­is­la­tion by lift­ing caps that limit the state to is­su­ing one plan­ning grant per lo­cal school sys­tem. In ad­di­tion, the leg­is­la­tion will lift the cap that cur­rently does not al­low for any ad­di­tional schools be­yond the eight al­ready open un­til the 2016-2017 co­hort of PTECH stu­dents com­plete their six year se­quence. The gov­er­nor also com­mit­ted $300,000 in his FY 2020 bud­get to fund plan­ning grants for three ad­di­tional schools, con­tin­gent upon the leg­is­la­tion pass­ing, and pledged fur­ther fund­ing if ad­di­tional school part­ner­ships are iden­ti­fied.

The P-TECH model en­ables stu­dents to grad­u­ate with a high school di­ploma and a no-cost, two-year as­so­ciate de­gree in a crit­i­cal STEM field in six years or less, and each P-TECH school in­cludes a part­ner­ship among a lo­cal high school, a col­lege, and a pri­vate sec­tor spon­sor. Mary­land’s P-TECH pro­gram was im­ple­mented in and ex­panded in the state by the Ho­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Through Gov­er­nor Ho­gan’s vi­sion and lead­er­ship, P-TECH schools across Mary­land are putting more of the state’s stu­dents on track for suc­cess­ful new col­lar ca­reers,” said Guillermo Mi­randa, Vice Pres­i­dent and Global Head of Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen­ship at IBM. “With new tech­nolo­gies like ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and quan­tum com­put­ing set to trans­form nearly all of the jobs we know to­day, equip­ping stu­dents with a new breed of in-de­mand skills has never been more im­por­tant, and we com­mend the Gov­er­nor for mak­ing 21st cen­tury part­ner­ships in ed­u­ca­tion a hall­mark of his ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

The Ho­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion has in­vested more than $2.3 mil­lion to de­velop and op­er­ate eight P-TECH schools across the state. Dun­bar High School and Carver Vo­ca­tional-Tech­ni­cal School in Bal­ti­more were the first to open as P-TECH schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Six more P-TECH schools have opened at lo­ca­tions in Western Mary­land, Bal­ti­more City, and Bal­ti­more, Prince Ge­orge’s, and Mont­gomery coun­ties.

“As a lead­ing em­ployer in Mary­land, Ex­elon re­quires a strong, skilled and di­verse work­force to de­liver clean en­ergy for gen­er­a­tions to come,” said Ex­elon Pres­i­dent and CEO Chris Crane. “This im­por­tant jobs pro­gram pro­vides Mary­lan­der’s the tech­ni­cal skills they need to grad­u­ate, enter into the lo­cal em­ploy­ment mar­ket, earn a good in­come, and lay the ground­work for a pros­per­ous and suc­cess­ful ca­reer.”

P-TECH schools of­fer stu­dents an in­te­grated six-year ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram that com­bines high school, col­lege, and work­place skills re­quired for 21st-cen­tury jobs. Each P-TECH stu­dent is paired with a pro­fes­sional men­tor, par­tic­i­pates in work­place learn­ing, and is el­i­gi­ble for paid in­tern­ships with their in­dus­try part­ner. Upon com­ple­tion, P-TECH grad­u­ates then re­ceive “firstin-line” con­sid­er­a­tion for New Col­lar jobs.

Launched in 2011, the P-TECH net­work has scaled to more than 110 schools across eight U.S. states, Aus­tralia, Morocco, and Tai­wan. More than 500 in­dus­try part­ners and 77 com­mu­nity col­lege sys­tems are now par­tic­i­pat­ing in the model.

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