In May 2016, Governor Larry Hogan announced planning grants to support the development of six new Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, more commonly known as P-TECH schools, in Maryland. Through partnerships between schools, local community colleges, and businesses, P-TECH graduates can earn both a high school diploma and an Associate Degree."Every child in Maryland deserves access to a world-class education and P-TECH is truly innovative" said Governor Hogan. “By blending high school, college, and workplace experience, P-TECH students will master in-demand skills, and employers will benefit from a steady pipeline of skilled professionals.”Two P-TECH schools opened in Baltimore City in the 2016-2017 school year at Carver High School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Additional P-TECH schools are set to open in the 2017-2018 school year, in Prince George's County Public Schools in partnership with Prince George's Community College and Allegany County Public Schools in partnership with Allegany College.The P-TECH education model, co-developed by IBM, is an innovative, nationally recognized approach that blends high school, college, and work experience. In six years or less, students graduate with a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year Associate Degree. These students will also benefit from career experience and mentorship in the workplace and will be first-in-line for skilled jobs upon graduation through partnerships with private sector participants. Each P-TECH school works with industry partners and a local community college to ensure an up-to-date curriculum that is academically rigorous and economically relevant.
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