Leaving Vocational Education Behind: Making Sure College Ready = Career Ready

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 -
1:45pm to 5:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York, 4th floor, 79 Fifth Avenue, NYC
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When President Obama visited P-TECH in Brooklyn this October, the focus was on how the school – a public-private partnership par excellence – prepares young people for the 21st century workplace. But it does so much more than that!

P-TECH and the other career-oriented early college high schools who share its innovative 9-14 model provide AAS degrees – with no tuition costs. They enable students who enter high school – regardless of their academic skills at enrollment – to complete high school and move on to college-level courses. They give students the support they need to earn AAS degrees, master internships and workplace assignments, and learn the kinds of skills that are, as the president called them, “a ticket into the middle class.”

Schools like P-TECH offer rigorous Common Core-aligned curricula that also develop career skills for growth industries like energy, technology, and health, individualized supports for students, and a laboratory for education reform – as well as that ticket to the middle class. Because of that, they are spreading across New York and the nation.

Join us and learn about the strategies that make these schools thrive and opportunities for private philanthropy to support strategies like these in other schools.


  • How can schools and industry partners collaborate successfully to develop curricula that prepare students for college and also for highly skilled jobs?
  • How can schools reconfigure what they do in a school day – through innovative instruction and scheduling – to teach rigorous content and skills to the diverse students who come in with a range of backgrounds and academic preparation?
  • What happens when we challenge the traditional calendar and distinctions between secondary, post-secondary and workplace learning?
  • What do the students expect of these schools – and are they getting it?

This program is "Partially Open."


Will include representatives from:

  • P-TECH
  • Energy Tech
  • Health, Education and Research Occupations High School (HERO High)
  • Industry partners


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