How Vocational Education Got a 21st Century Reboot
Erick Trickey, Politico Magazine
Suriana Rodriguez is only 19, but she’s already lined up a full-time job at IBM. After her junior year in high school, she interned at the tech giant’s Poughkeepsie's campus for $17 an hour. For a year, Rodriguez worked 40-hour weeks as an apprentice test technician, examining IBM mainframes to confirm they work before shipping them to customers.
Rodriguez’s opportunities came to her thanks to her high school, Newburgh Free Academy P-TECH. It’s part of an innovative public-school model that combines grade 9-12 education with internships and tuition-free community college. P-TECH, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, has spread to 10 states and 17 countries since its founding in Brooklyn in 2011.