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.
"The P-TECH model was designed to combine high school and college with strong business involvement to better equip young people with the skills and education they need to succeed in 21st Century careers," Litow said. "As the model expands, IBM will work with other companies to help many more students better connect education to jobs and spur local economic growth."
Other highlights of the report includes IBM's Corporate Service Corps (CSC), which sent more than 500 of its top talent in 2012 to dozens of countries in the developing world to address critical economic challenges and develop sustainable solutions.Among its CSC engagements was a partnership with the Kenyan government, the US government and the President's Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the fight to increase screening to prevent cervical cancer. The groups collaborated to solve the massive data management challenges inherent when collecting information from 4,000 clinics and six levels of healthcare facilities serving 15 million women. With the CSC team's help, the program will collect more reliable data to improve cervical cancer screening rates, which have already jumped from almost none to 70 percent in five years.