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Case Studies

Planning for, launching, and cultivating a P-TECH school is no small feat, so IBM has gathered some resources to help. Below are case studies from various P-TECH schools. Each describes a common P-TECH school hurdle and a scalable solution.

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Bosch Diesel – Biggest employer in the Vysocina region, Czech Republic
Bosch Diesel – Biggest employer in the Vysocina region, Czech Republic
One of the newest countries to join the P-TECH Network in 2020 is the Czech Republic. The P-TECH Network had the opportunity to interview Pavel Krisčka, Head of Personell Department…
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Setting the Foundation: The Launch of NECA’s Steering Committee
Setting the Foundation: The Launch of NECA’s Steering Committee
For a core group of partners working to launch Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) in Connecticut, setting the foundation and establishing a shared vision and taking collective action on key…
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A Partnership in the Making
A Partnership in the Making
High schools and colleges recognize the importance of providing students with a seamless passage from one learning experience to the next. The P-TECH Rochester school links the Rochester City School…
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Charting the BTECH Course
Charting the BTECH Course
“It’s a story of getting lost before finding our way forward.” That’s how Hoa Tu, founding principal of BTECH, describes the process of ensuring that the school’s Scope & Sequence…
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Chicago Academy’s Approach Ensures Early College Success
Chicago Academy’s Approach Ensures Early College Success
At the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy on Chicago’s Southwest side, college courses are well under way. The school and its partners, the Chicago Public Schools, Richard J. Daley College…
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Going to College … in the Ninth Grade
Going to College … in the Ninth Grade
Access to college classes when students are ready is a hallmark of P-TECH 9-14 schools. At Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA), what started as a course scheduling challenge has become…
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P-TECH Begins with a Great School Leader
P-TECH Begins with a Great School Leader
No great institution can exist in the absence of great leadership. P-TECH 9-14 schools are no exception. Research shows that “most school variables, considered separately, have at most small effects…
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Stepping Stone to Real Careers: P-TECH Internships
Stepping Stone to Real Careers: P-TECH Internships
Providing students with opportunities to practice and push the envelope on their skills in a real-world setting is a key stepping stone to career-readiness. According to a 2012 report by…
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Mentoring for Career Readiness
Mentoring for Career Readiness
Velma, an 11th grader at the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy in Chicago, IL, and her mentor, Jill Sherman, an Art Director at IBM, have forged a meaningful relationship over…
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Excelsior Students Make the Most of Summer
Excelsior Students Make the Most of Summer
School started extra early for the 50 incoming ninth graders attending Excelsior Academy’s inaugural Summer Bridge program in July 2014. This mandatory program was designed to foster high academic expectations…
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Preparing Students at Excelsior Academy for Careers
Preparing Students at Excelsior Academy for Careers
Preparing students at Excelsior Academy, industry and education are uniting forces to make sure a group of 14-year-olds will be competitive for dynamic IT careers. Eric Waliszewski is Excelsior’s math…
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Developing the Mindset for Jobs of the Future
Developing the Mindset for Jobs of the Future
Learning about skills that students need for well-paying jobs is informative. That happens in many schools. But enabling students to practice and demonstrate those skills can be transformative. This is…
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