IBM CEO Ginni Rometty on passing Perkins CTE

In case you missed it, IBM’s Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty today shared her thoughts on the importance of aligning today’s education and training with the evolving skill needs of the American economy. To that end, she called on the Senate to pass legislation that will modernize and reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Here’s the link: ibm.biz/BdsRDy.

IBM has seen firsthand how American students, businesses and communities benefit from education programs like those made possible by this critical Perkins Act update. Through the Pathways in Technology Early College High School – or P-TECH – model, which IBM pioneered, schools are integrating the best elements of high school, college and career training, and experiential learning by aligning rigorous academics with a career focus. P-TECH schools operate within existing state budgets, and students are admitted with no special tests or requirements, receive paid internships and are paired with mentors from the business community.

In just six years, P-TECH students – many from traditionally underserved communities – graduate with an associate degree and skills aligned with to STEM and high-wage careers. This model, which is building national and international momentum, was designed to be both widely replicable and sustainable, and is showing the power and potential of closer alignment between skills education and actual labor market needs.

IBM applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing Perkins reauthorization legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support, and urges the U.S. Senate to embrace this spirit and move quickly to send this important bill to the President’s desk.

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On the Path to the Middle Class

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