Calling it “one of the most innovative approaches to education that I have seen in some time,” Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he wants Maryland to partner with IBM to open four hybrid high school-early college vocational programs in the state, two of which would operate in Baltimore City.
P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is a six-year program beginning in ninth grade which combines high school and college STEM courses as well as internships and vocational training in the field of information technology. Students leave the program with a high school diploma, an associate’s degree in a “very specific” field, and work experience. The first P-TECH school opened in New York City in 2011.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appeared at the press conference alongside the governor to argue for the necessity of a program like P-TECH to ensure that Baltimore’s students won’t “be left behind” as “growing technology companies [create] jobs and opportunities” in the area, the Washington Post reports.
Hogan is the first Republican governor to declare his intention to open a P-TECH program. The plan requires approval from the State Board of Education.
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