TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today announced a grant award of nearly $200,000 to bring the P-TECH educational model to Trenton Central High School. P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is a model co-developed by IBM through which public high schools, community colleges, and businesses work collaboratively to create a program where high school students graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in a STEM field. Students in the six-year program also receive workplace experience through mentorships and internships.
“A cornerstone of our Jobs NJ initiative is ensuring that we have a workforce that has received a high-quality education and that has the high-demand skills employers need in the 21st century,” said Governor Murphy. “Programs like this will bring innumerable benefits to graduates and their families, to local businesses, and to the New Jersey economy. I am proud of the continued expansion of P-TECH and of the innovative approaches we are taking in New Jersey to prepare our students for the future.”
Supporting STEM-focused high school programs and increasing degree attainment for all residents are key strategies in Governor Murphy’s Jobs NJ initiative, which aims to align the state’s workforce with high-growth job opportunities. The expansion of the P-TECH model to the Trenton School District increases the number of New Jersey school districts with the program to four. Last school year, Burlington City, New Brunswick, and Paterson launched the P-TECH dual-enrollment program.
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