The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” applies to P-TECH, an innovative model of public education designed to provide young people with the skills needed in today’s technology-heavy job market.
American Airlines is a fully engaged citizen in that village as a P-TECH partner.
P-TECH students put themselves on a path to earn both a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year postsecondary degree in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field.
In order to do that, motivated students need to be supported by a village of high school teachers and their administrators, colleges, governments and industry partners, such as Bosch, IBM, Orange S.A., Virgin Media and American Airlines.
And the village is now global, spanning 24 countries with over 400 schools and colleges, and more than 600 industry partners.
In Dallas, Texas, over 7,700 students are enrolled in 18 P-TECH schools with the support of nearly 80 industry partners.
One of those industry partners is American Airlines, who for three years has supported the students and teachers at W.H. Adamson High School as a P-TECH school.
IBM.org spoke to three leaders of the initiative at American Airlines: Ana Torres, director of technology transformation, Jim Catlin, technical delivery manager at AA.com, and Cristina San Martin, technical delivery manager, mobile app. Each of them shared their perspective on what it takes and means to be a P-TECH industry partner.
Our thanks to the American Airlines team for their time, leadership and commitment to helping young people.