27 January 2016
P‐TECH is an innovative partnership with IBM that provides students with a clear pathway from high school, to higher education, to a career. The P‐TECH program will provide a curriculum focused on work place readiness within a changing technological world. It will include one‐on‐one mentoring, workplace visits, paid internships and first‐inline consideration for jobs. Youth students will have the opportunity to graduate with both a senior secondary (Year 12) and Advanced Diploma qualification. “The P‐TECH program helps students discover their interests and passions and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in their chosen career,” Professor Andy Smith, Deputy Vice‐ Chancellor (Academic), said. “Our students will be able to develop workplace skills through project based learning and industry mentoring.”
Shirley Fraser, Director of Federation College, said students will be able to move through a sequence of courses, but depending on their strengths and needs, may move through at different rates. Some students may accelerate through the program in time, while others may take longer. “This will include hands‐on activities alongside respected industry mentors. Students will have access to many worthwhile study and employment opportunities,” Ms Fraser said. “We are delighted that IBM Australia will be the industry partner with us in this development.” The first P‐TECH school was designed in the United States by IBM in 2011. By September 2016, there will be more than 60 P‐TECH schools across six US states involving nearly 100 other large and small companies in urban, rural and suburban communities, serving thousands of students.