Tech Program to Increase Educational and Career Opportunities in Hispanic Communities
During Hispanic Heritage Month, IBM is working with policymakers and education leaders to increase the number of Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) in the United States. Currently, IBM hosts 220 P-TECH partners worldwide, and the company plans to expand the program to 150 schools in the US—half of the company’s total commitment of 300 by 2023. Established in 2011, P-TECH is IBM’s public education model that provides an opportunity, at no cost, for underserved and underrepresented students to earn both their high school diploma and a two-year associate degree linked to STEM fields. More than half (55%) of US P-TECH schools are majority Hispanic, according to IBM data. IBM is also launching a Mentorship Marathon beginning with US P-TECH and the i.am College Track. The marathon will match 1,000 IBM mentors with students and also encourage other Fortune 500 companies to join in. Internships are a component of the P-TECH program. In July, IBM announced the addition of 1,000 paid internships for a program running through December 31, 2021. Students will have access to a range of experiences, from paid summer internships to apprenticeships to full-time jobs.
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