CUNY, IBM plan high school-college hybrid

The City University of New York and IBM will open a unique school that merges high school with two years of college, allowing students to earn an associate’s degree.  Graduates will be “first in line for a job at IBM,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

The partnership with IBM for a high school-college hybrid will build on work that the company is already doing in community colleges, said Stan Litow, vice president of corporate affairs for IBM.

“We have every confidence that large numbers of those kids would be able to assume entry-level jobs at IBM and other IT companies,” Litow said.

Students at the school would attend an extra two years of classes to earn a CUNY associate degree and what the mayor called “a ticket to the middle class.”