Power of Planet P-TECH

Power of P-TECH:  Embracing Collaboration between Industry and Education

Tech Collective’s P-Tech Liaison, Kris Turgeon, will be speaking at an international conference on how to  support and train high school students interested in Computer Science at Planet P-Tech Conference in New York City.

When: August 20-21st

Where: New York Hilton Midtown

What: Planet P-Tech Conference

This is the first global education summit for the P-TECH network. Two days of connection, collaboration and learning to drive continuous innovation and transformation. The goal is to tackle the global skills challenge in the tech sector by introducing high school students to many computer technical professions. Almost 400 attendees will be traveling from as far as Singapore and Australia as well as from several states across the US. IBM and American Airlines will host this event at New York Hilton Midtown in New York from August 20 – 21st.

P-TECH, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, provides access to college courseware and industry experience to high school students that can result in an associate’s degree in a technical field. This program creates an opportunity for Rhode Island’s students, while also supplying a steady stream of trained employees to the tech industry.

Kris Turgeon, Tech Collective’s P-TECH Industry Liaison for the Providence P-TECH program, will be speaking to attendees on “The importance of the industry in the P-TECH model and how we prepare students for the workforce.” She will be hosting the session with Jennifer Lucia, IBM Industry Liaison for the original P-TECH school in Brooklyn, NY.

Tech Collective, the lead industry partner for the Providence P-TECH program, is in a unique position to share the challenges and benefits of working with a multi-company industry partnership. Tech Collective members volunteer their time to work with P-TECH students. The membership varies in size and technological focus which offers P-TECH students exposure to a broad range of companies and technical skills.

P-TECH brings together the best elements of high school, college and career discovery.  Governor Raimondo spearheaded the first public-private partnership to receive funding for the P-TECH initiative in 2015. The statewide initiative links education to economic development. The winning partnership will prepare thousands of students for high-skill careers in technology, manufacturing, and healthcare in Rhode Island.