Other highlights of the report focus on IBM's continued expansion of its successful Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) model, a new education paradigm for grades 9-14 which leads to an associate degree in applied science. P-TECH graduates will be first in line for IBM jobs.In 2012, thanks to blueprints that IBM created, the P-TECH model was replicated in four Chicago schools, where IBM is directly partnering with one of them - Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy - a collaboration among the Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, Richard J. Daley College and IBM. Scale-up continues across New York State, where Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a state-wide plan to create 10 new schools modeled on P-TECH that will link education to jobs in each of the state's economic development regions. New York City also has announced plans for additional P-TECH schools. But perhaps the highest accolade for IBM's grades 9-14 model came from President Obama during his State of the Union address, when he remarked that all students should have opportunities like P-TECH.
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