NYC Department of Education Announces Three New Early College and Career Technical Education High Schools

NYC Department of Education Announces Three New Early College and Career Technical Education High Schools
Programs Serving Grades 9-14 Allow Students to Obtain an Associate Degree While in High School
New Options to Open in the 2014-2015 School Year Will Provide Career Pathways, Internship Opportunities, and Real-world Industry Training Through Corporate Partnerships

New York City Department of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced the creation of three new Early College and Career Technical Education High Schools to open in September 2014. In collaboration with the City University of New York and a set of high-profile industry partners—Microsoft Corp. and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, SAP, and the American Association of Advertising Agencies—the schools will deliver a six-year, career-focused program that is aligned with the Common Core Standards. The new schools will be modeled on P-TECH, the successful 9-14 school created by the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York, New York City College of Technology and IBM in 2011. IBM, the City’s first industry partner, guarantees that graduates will be first in line for jobs. Chancellor Walcott made the announcement at Microsoft’s Manhattan offices with City University of New York Chancellor William P. Kelly, IBM’s Stanley Litow, and other industry partners.

Including P-TECH, the City has created three Early College and Career schools, two of which—Energy Tech High School, partnered with Con Edison and National Grid, and Health, Education, and Research Occupations High School, partnered with Montefiore Medical Center—will open in September 2013. With the addition of these three new schools to open in 2014, by the 2017-2018 school year, over 2,000 high school students will be educated in one of the City’s six 9-14 programs.

Preparing students for careers in high-value industries with robust job demand, each Early College and Career school will feature a rigorous, Common Core-aligned academic curriculum developed in collaboration with an industry-leading employer as well as a CUNY postsecondary institution. Through each partnership, students gain real-world work experience through internships in areas connected to their classroom studies. Within six years, students graduate with a Regents high school diploma, an associate degree, and a set of employer-identified industry-valued credentials indicating skills mastery. College and career ready, students who complete the program are equipped either to enter their chosen field with a higher education degree or to continue toward a bachelor’s degree.

One proposed new Early College and Career school, to be located in Manhattan, features Microsoft and New York-Presbyterian Hospital as lead industry partners, and will specialize in information technology solutions in the healthcare industry. Classes will emphasize computer information and systems management as students train through internships for healthcare-related technology careers with Microsoft systems and acquire experience in New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s information technology operations.

A second new school, to be located in Queens, will feature a computer science and business technology theme. Through the relationship with SAP, the worldwide leader in business technology solutions, students gain expertise in cloud, in-memory, mobile, and analytics technologies. Students will learn to use this knowledge to design IT solutions that anticipate people’s needs.

The third school, housed in Manhattan, will partner with the American Association of Advertising Agencies, a top industry association whose members produce 80 percent of total advertising volume in the United States. Studying marketing and design inside the classroom, students intern in areas such as advertising, media management, and creative technology at the Association outside of school.

“These new 9-14 Career and Technical Education schools are symbolic of the remarkable transformation we’ve accomplished in our school system over the last twelve years. Through a great deal of hard work from our school leaders, faculty and students, and the sustained commitment from dozens of industry partners, New York City has emerged as a national leader in creating innovative new school models that prepare students for college and career success,” said Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “The organizations supporting these new schools share our belief that providing high school students with real-world preparation and training will pay off for the students, the companies, and all of New York for decades to come. They join a large and distinguished list of partners that have committed significant support to a school system that has doubled the number of college and career ready students in the last six years.”

“Mayor Bloomberg is committed to ensuring that New York’s children are prepared for the jobs of the modern economy,” Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel said. “By partnering directly with the private sector, these new schools will help connect thousands of today’s students to tomorrow’s jobs.”

“The City University of New York has an enduring commitment to working with the New York City public school system to improve opportunities for young people,” said William Kelly, Interim Chancellor of the City University of New York. “Over the last decade, CUNY has led the development of more than a dozen innovative early college schools dedicated to helping students earn an associate degree. Now we are delighted to be working in partnership with some of the city’s major employers to link our degrees to the high potential jobs of the future. This effort is one of many underway at CUNY to help New Yorkers of all ages successfully transition to 21st Century careers.”

“IBM’s first P-TECH school in Brooklyn is flourishing, as educators and IBM mentors are finally able to demonstrate the connection between a rigorous education and a great career,” said Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs at IBM and President of the IBM Foundation. “An estimated 14 million ‘middle skills’ jobs will be created in the next decade that will require the technical and work place skills that the students in these new Early College and Career schools will earn. This extraordinary replication of P-TECH throughout New York City and New York State will help foster the kind of talent that will enable the US to keep pace with the global economy.”

“The educational transformation taking part at these CTE high schools is inspirational, it’s this type of dedication and innovation that will help groom tomorrow’s successful innovators, employees, and leaders,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education for Microsoft. “There’s a real need in the US to graduate more students who are effectively skilled and prepared to succeed in a globally competitive workforce. The fact that these students will gain IT and healthcare skills unmatched by their competitors by the time they graduate is remarkable.”

“As an academic medical center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital is deeply committed to developing our employees and training health care professionals,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of New York-Presbyterian. “Now we are taking that commitment one step further, by helping to create an innovative program for the training of healthcare IT professionals. Having a strong information technology workforce is integral to hospitals’ ability to deliver high-quality healthcare. We’re excited to work with Microsoft, CUNY, and the NYC Department of Education to strengthen the pipeline of talent in this field. The program will also make a difference in the lives of many New York City students – giving them marketable and coveted skills and a promising career in health care.”

“As technology continues to shape and influence the growth of the advertising industry, agencies are constantly in need of talent that can step in on Day One with a clear understanding of the landscape and up-to-date skills,” said 4A’s President-CEO Nancy Hill. “To ensure that our member agencies have access to highly qualified emerging talent and at the same time provide expanded opportunities for New York City youth, we’re joining in a unique partnership with the NYC Department of Education and CUNY in developing a new school that will support students through completion of an associate degree and on to work opportunities in our field.”

“Our mission at SAP is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives,” said Greg McStravick, president, SAP United States. “Working with the NYC Department of Education and CUNY allows us to reach young people and provide them with the education they need to succeed. Technology innovation depends on harnessing new ideas coming from diverse parts of our community. This collaboration allows us to help cultivate the best and the brightest minds for the workforce of the future.”
In September 2011, P-TECH opened its doors to 104 students and has since achieved national recognition. Because of the extraordinary partnership with IBM, New York City College of Technology, and CUNY, President Obama lauded P-TECH as a national model worthy of replication in his 2013 State of the Union address. By 2014, P-TECH will enroll over 400 students, who will be prepared either to work at IBM, or attend a four-year college.

These three new Early College and Career schools opening in 2014 come after the DOE announced in April seven new CTE schools opening this fall, two of which will serve students in grades 9 through 14. The first, Energy Tech High School, was developed with Con Edison and National Grid and will expose students to the energy industry – one of the nation’s fastest growing sectors. Energy Tech students will intern with the utility companies, be mentored by energy professionals, and take college courses at CUNY’s LaGuardia Community College. The second school, Health, Education and Research Occupations High School High School, was developed in partnership with Montefiore Medical Center and CUNY’s Hostos Community College and will prepare students for careers as health professionals.

The number of CTE schools has more than doubled under the Bloomberg Administration – from 18 schools in 2002 to 45 by the start of the next school year – and have become a national model for college and career readiness.