"To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require." —President Obama #JobsNow— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) February 13, 2013
During the State of the Union, President Obama has announced a plan to make the American education system more focused on tech skills. While there weren’t many details in the short declaration, Obama cited New York’s P-Tech high-school as a model. P-Tech is a public high school that partnered with IBM to offer a 5-year associates degree, focused on vocational skills. Students stay one year longer in high school and get favor in the hiring process with IBM after graduation. Other P-Tech’s can partner with other technology companies.
P-Tech’s model has been so successful that at least one other state, Chicago, has already agreed to begin their own version of the school.