President Barack Obama sings the praises of P-TECH schools and reveals his desire to expand the innovative education model nationally.
At a recent meeting of the Business Roundtable the US President spoke about the success of P-TECH at a high-school in Brooklyn, New York, which uniquely involves six years at high school as opposed to the traditional four, and collaboration with a US-based technology company and City University of New York.
The purpose behind P-TECH, as Obama echoed throughout his speech, is to provide students with the opportunity to learn from a curriculum that is tailored for a career in the technology industry.
Obama said students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, benefit by not just graduating with a high school diploma but also an associate degree and by forging lasting professional relationships with technology companies.
The Australian government will pilot a P-TECH style model similar to that in the US to commence in 2016 in Geelong and Ballarat and which will also serve to close the skills gap in STEM related fields.