An article from governor.ny.gov highlights the recent partnership between International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) announced by Fortune Magazine as one of the most innovate companies in 2012, and New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to help High School Students graduate with an Associate’s Degree in a special field.
Gov Cuomo stated that education is one of their greatest resource and economic drivers. Their partnership with IBM will better enable the state to invest in selected school districts throughout the state and prepare students, starting in high school, for high-skill jobs in fields such as manufacturing, technology, finance and health care. The article also states his vision (Gov Cuomo) to greatly improve NY’s work force and help their students find jobs directly out of college.
The Governor’s Executive Budget proposal includes a $4 million increase for the Early College High School program (ECHS) – which will fund 10 special programs that incorporates a six year program combining high school, college and career training. The training will prepare students for a high-skill, high-demand career in a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).
Along with IBM, are other businesses that will partner with each of the participating high schools and colleges to provide guidance on workplace training. These will include mentoring on special skills to guide the students and prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow’s economic challenges.