Five technology companies will help Chicago open five new six-year high schools that will allow students to graduate with an associate’s degree and high-tech job skills, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions and Verizon will develop curricula, mentor students, provide summer internships and guarantee every student who completes the program a “first-in-line” job interview after graduation. The city’s community colleges will provide instruction and award credits.
“We want to hire them all. All they need to do is be able to successfully complete a curriculum through Grade 9 to 14 that’s gonna be their ticket to a good-paying job and to the middle class,” said Stanley Litow, IBM’s vice-president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs.
IBM, which provided a $400,000 challenge grant to develop the new schools, helped open a six-year high school called P-TECH in New York City last year. The school, which is focused on information technology, recruited a wide range of students.