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Photo Release: Governor Larry Hogan, IBM Executives Pitch P-TECH Expansion in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan was today joined by IBM executives to host a roundtable meeting with Maryland business leaders to advocate for further expansion of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program in Maryland. The P-TECH model includes private sector partnerships throughout the state. The P-TECH model enables students to graduate with a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year associate degree in a critical STEM field in six years or less, and each P-TECH school includes a partnership among a local high school, a college, and a private sector sponsor. Maryland’s P-TECH program was implemented in and expanded in the state by the Hogan administration.

“Three years ago, I announced that we would be bringing the P-TECH model to Maryland, which is one of the most creative and innovative approaches to education that I have seen in some time,” said Governor Hogan. “P-TECH represents an incredible partnership between our business community, our community colleges, and our school systems. Open to all students with no tests or grade requirements for admission, the P-TECH model gives young Marylanders, who may otherwise not have much hope for a better future, the opportunity to engage in an integrated education in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.”

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Along with Governor Hogan, addressing the group of business leaders were Guillermo Miranda, Vice President & Global Head, IBM Corporate Citizenship; Grace Suh,Vice President, Education Corporate Citizenship; Keiffer Mitchell, Senior Advisor to the governor; Lori Bush, Principal and Carver Vocational-Technical High, and Justice Heughan, a junior in the P-TECH Carver program. Leaders from Maryland’s academic and business communities in attendance included Dr. Jay Perman, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore; Dr. James Fielder, Secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission; Dr. Karen Salmon, Maryland Superintendent of Schools; as well as representatives from Johns Hopkins University, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Greater Baltimore Committee, and numerous private sector companies.

“Partnership with local employers is absolutely essential to the mission of the P-TECH model: preparing students with the skills required for 21st century new collar careers. Industry partners provide mentors, paid internships and hands-on workplace learning that help students understand the link between what they are learning in school and well-paying careers,” said Guillermo Miranda, Vice President & Global Head, IBM Corporate Citizenship. “These experiences are game changers for students and support business efforts to develop diverse talent. We strongly encourage more Maryland businesses to get involved.”

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The Hogan administration has invested more than $2.3 million to develop and operate eight P-TECH schools across the state. Dunbar High School and Carver-Vocational Technical School in Baltimore were the first to open as P-TECH schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Six more P-TECH schools have opened at locations in Western Maryland, Baltimore City, and Baltimore, Prince George’s, and Montgomery Counties.

The P-TECH education model, co-developed by IBM, is an innovative, nationally recognized approach that blends high school, college, and work experience in one. P-TECH schools offer students an integrated six-year education program that combines high school, college, and workplace skills required for 21st-century jobs. Each P-TECH student is paired with a professional mentor, participates in workplace learning, and is eligible for paid internships with their industry partner. Upon completion, P-TECH graduates then receive “first-in-line” consideration for New Collar jobs.

Launched in 2011, the P-TECH network has scaled to more than 110 schools across eight U.S. states, Australia, Morocco, and Taiwan. More than 500 industry partners and 77 community college systems are now participating in the model.

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