NYC TO OPEN 3 NEW EARLY COLLEGE, CAREER TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS

     (The following press release from the New York City Department of 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2013
N-7, 2013-14 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES THREE NEW EARLY COLLEGE AND CAREER 
TECHNICAL EDUCATION HIGH SCHOOLS 
Programs Serving Grades 9-14 Allow Students to Obtain an Associate Degree While 
in High School 
New Options to Open in the 2014-2015 School Year Will Provide Career Pathways, 
Internship Opportunities, and Real-world Industry Training Through Corporate 
Partnerships 
New York City Department of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today 
announced the creation of three new Early College and Career Technical 
Education High Schools to open in September 2014. In collaboration with the 
City University of New York and a set of high-profile industry 
partners-Microsoft Corp. and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, SAP, and the 
American Association of Advertising Agencies-the schools will deliver a 
six-year, career-focused program that is aligned with the Common Core 
Standards. The new schools will be modeled on P-TECH, the successful 9-14 
school created by the New York City Department of Education, the City 
University of New York, New York City College of Technology and IBM in 2011. 
IBM, the City's first industry partner, guarantees that graduates will be first 
in line for jobs. Chancellor Walcott made the announcement at Microsoft's 
Manhattan offices with City University of New York Chancellor William P. Kelly, 
IBM's Stanley Litow, and other industry partners. 
Including P-TECH, the City has created three Early College and Career schools, 
two of which-Energy Tech High School, partnered with Con Edison and National 
Grid, and Health, Education, and Research Occupations High School, partnered 
with Montefiore Medical Center-will open in September 2013. With the addition 
of these three new schools to open in 2014, by the 2017-2018 school year, over 
2,000 high school students will be educated in one of the City's six 9-14 
programs. 
Preparing students for careers in high-value industries with robust job demand, 
each Early College and Career school will feature a rigorous, Common 
Core-aligned academic curriculum developed in collaboration with an 
industry-leading employer as well as a CUNY postsecondary institution. Through 
each partnership, students gain real-world work experience through internships 
in areas connected to their classroom studies. Within six years, students 
graduate with a Regents high school diploma, an associate degree, and a set of 
employer-identified industry-valued credentials indicating skills mastery. 
College and career ready, students who complete the program are equipped either 
to enter their chosen field with a higher education degree or to continue 
toward a bachelor's degree. 
One proposed new Early College and Career school, to be located in Manhattan, 
features Microsoft and New York-Presbyterian Hospital as lead industry 
partners, and will specialize in information technology solutions in the 
healthcare industry. Classes will emphasize computer information and systems 
management as students train through internships for healthcare-related 
technology careers with Microsoft systems and acquire experience in New 
York-Presbyterian Hospital's information technology operations. 
A second new school, to be located in Queens, will feature a computer science 
and business technology theme. Through the relationship with SAP, the worldwide 
leader in business technology solutions, students gain expertise in cloud, 
in-memory, mobile, and analytics technologies. Students will learn to use this 
knowledge to design IT solutions that anticipate people's needs. 
The third school, housed in Manhattan, will partner with the American 
Association of Advertising Agencies, a top industry association whose members 
produce 80 percent of total advertising volume in the United States. Studying 
marketing and design inside the classroom, students intern in areas such as 
advertising, media management, and creative technology at the Association 
outside of school. 
"These new 9-14 Career and Technical Education schools are symbolic of the 
remarkable transformation we've accomplished in our school system over the last 
twelve years. Through a great deal of hard work from our school leaders, 
faculty and students, and the sustained commitment from dozens of industry 
partners, New York City has emerged as a national leader in creating innovative 
new school models that prepare students for college and career success," said 
Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. "The organizations supporting these new schools 
share our belief that providing high school students with real-world 
preparation and training will pay off for the students, the companies, and all 
of New York for decades to come. They join a large and distinguished list of 
partners that have committed significant support to a school system that has 
doubled the number of college and career ready students in the last six years." 
"Mayor Bloomberg is committed to ensuring that New York's children are prepared 
for the jobs of the modern economy," Deputy Mayor for Economic Development 
Robert K. Steel said. "By partnering directly with the private sector, these 
new schools will help connect thousands of today's students to tomorrow's jobs." 
"The City University of New York has an enduring commitment to working with the 
New York City public school system to improve opportunities for young people," 
said William Kelly, Interim Chancellor of the City University of New York.  
"Over the last decade, CUNY has led the development of more than a dozen 
innovative early college schools dedicated to helping students earn an 
associate degree. Now we are delighted to be working in partnership with some 
of the city's major employers to link our degrees to the high potential jobs of 
the future.  This effort is one of many underway at CUNY to help New Yorkers of 
all ages successfully transition to 21st Century careers." 
"IBM's first P-TECH school in Brooklyn is flourishing, as educators and IBM 
mentors are finally able to demonstrate the connection between a rigorous 
education and a great career," said Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of 
Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs at IBM and President of the IBM 
Foundation. "An estimated 14 million 'middle skills' jobs will be created in 
the next decade that will require the technical and work place skills that the 
students in these new Early College and Career schools will earn. This 
extraordinary replication of P-TECH throughout New York City and New York State 
will help foster the kind of talent that will enable the US to keep pace with 
the global economy." 
"The educational transformation taking part at these CTE high schools is 
inspirational, it's this type of dedication and innovation that will help groom 
tomorrow's successful innovators, employees, and leaders," said Anthony 
Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education for Microsoft. "There's a real 
need in the US to graduate more students who are effectively skilled and 
prepared to succeed in a globally competitive workforce. The fact that these 
students will gain IT and healthcare skills unmatched by their competitors by 
the time they graduate is remarkable." 
"As an academic medical center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital is deeply 
committed to developing our employees and training health care professionals," 
said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of New York-Presbyterian. "Now we are taking 
that commitment one step further, by helping to create an innovative program 
for the training of healthcare IT professionals. Having a strong information 
technology workforce is integral to hospitals' ability to deliver high-quality 
healthcare. We're excited to work with Microsoft, CUNY, and the NYC Department 
of Education to strengthen the pipeline of talent in this field. The program 
will also make a difference in the lives of many New York City students - 
giving them marketable and coveted skills and a promising career in health 
care." 
"As technology continues to shape and influence the growth of the advertising 
industry, agencies are constantly in need of talent that can step in on Day One 
with a clear understanding of the landscape and up-to-date skills," said 4A's 
President-CEO Nancy Hill. "To ensure that our member agencies have access to 
highly qualified emerging talent and at the same time provide expanded 
opportunities for New York City youth, we're joining in a unique partnership 
with the NYC Department of Education and CUNY in developing a new school that 
will support students through completion of an associate degree and on to work 
opportunities in our field." 
"Our mission at SAP is to help the world run better and improve people's 
lives," said Greg McStravick, president, SAP United States. "Working with the 
NYC Department of Education and CUNY allows us to reach young people and 
provide them with the education they need to succeed. Technology innovation 
depends on harnessing new ideas coming from diverse parts of our community. 
This collaboration allows us to help cultivate the best and the brightest minds 
for the workforce of the future." 
In September 2011, P-TECH opened its doors to 104 students and has since 
achieved national recognition. Because of the extraordinary partnership with 
IBM, New York City College of Technology, and CUNY, President Obama lauded 
P-TECH as a national model worthy of replication in his 2013 State of the Union 
address. By 2014, P-TECH will enroll over 400 students, who will be prepared 
either to work at IBM, or attend a four-year college. 
These three new Early College and Career schools opening in 2014 come after the 
DOE announced in April seven new CTE schools opening this fall, two of which 
will serve students in grades 9 through 14. The first, Energy Tech High School, 
was developed with Con Edison and National Grid and will expose students to the 
energy industry - one of the nation's fastest growing sectors. Energy Tech 
students will intern with the utility companies, be mentored by energy 
professionals, and take college courses at CUNY's LaGuardia Community College. 
The second school, Health, Education and Research Occupations High School High 
School, was developed in partnership with Montefiore Medical Center and CUNY's 
Hostos Community College and will prepare students for careers as health 
professionals. 
The number of CTE schools has more than doubled under the Bloomberg 
Administration - from 18 schools in 2002 to 45 by the start of the next school 
year - and have become a national model for college and career readiness. 
Contact:  Erin Hughes / Devon Puglia (212) 374-5141 
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