Training young people to be the technology superstars that will steer tomorrow's digital cities is essential to the success of the smart cities movement. That's why we are saluting Smart Cities Council Lead Partners National Grid and Microsoft for joining forces with an innovative New York City educational program focused on technology. And we should mention that Lead Partner IBM helped create the educational model that President Obama lauded in his State of the Union address earlier this year for the way it prepares students for a 21st century economy and enhances the country's competitiveness.
According to the Wall Street Journal, NYC's early college and career technical education high school program is expanding. Modeled after the IBM-backed Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-Tech, in Brooklyn, the new schools will work in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) and a company sponsor.
Students who manage to get space in the highly competitive program can graduate with an associate degree in six years and then get first preference for a job with the company that sponsors the school.
National Grid, along with Con Edison, is sponsoring Energy Tech High School, which will open next month in Queens. The Microsoft-sponsored school is scheduled to open next year.
William Kelly, Interim Chancellor at CUNY told the WSJ that the program gives kids a significant head start. "It's a remarkable leg up for our students," he said, "and I would argue, a remarkably good thing for the corporations who are involved in these programs."
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