In 2011, a program called Pathways in technology (P-TECH) commenced in a high school the in USA (Brooklyn) as a partnership between the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York and IBM. The US model covers six years of schooling comprising the traditional four years of high school plus the equivalent of two years of college. Students are selected via a ballot, not their academic record. In 2013 Stanley Litow, the President of the IBM Foundation, joined the Skilling Australia’s CEO, Nicholas Wyman, and together with a group of enthusiastic people, successfully lobbied for support for an Australian P-TECH program. By 2015, the Australian model began rolling out at two Victorian high schools, thanks to Australian Federal Government seeding funding for a two-year pilot. State and territory governments got on board with their support. In 2016, the P-TECH Australia program is extended toward 10 sites. The global program operates in more than 80 schools. By mid-2018, 14 Australian pilot sites will be operating.
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