by Stanley S. Litow, IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of the IBM International Foundation. Mr. Litow is a former Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Schools.
The City of Chicago has just announced its intention to open five grades nine through 14 schools that will confer both the high school diploma and an associate degree in technology — creating a direct connection from high school to college to careers. Visit the Citizen IBM blog to see what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has to say about the important roles these Early College STEM Schools will play in the city’s economic development and jobs strategy.
Based on the recommendations of an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge team, Chicago’s new schools will be patterned after New York’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH). As with P-TECH — a partnership among the New York City Public Schools, The City University of New York, and IBM — each new Chicago institution will operate as a public-private partnership among the school system, the community college system, and a corporate sponsor. These collaborations will ensure the creation of rigorous and relevant curricula — including workplace skills — that will prepare students for meaningful careers and/or further study. Graduates will then be first in line for positions with their schools’ corporate partners.
The Smarter Cities team developed Chicago’s Roadmap for Career and Technical Education, which the city will use in conjunction with the STEM Pathways to College and Careers School Guide that was developed after the opening of New York City’s P-TECH. You can download the IBM Playbook from Rahm Emanuel’s blog.