Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday named the two high schools in Baltimore that will be the first in the state to launch an innovative, six-year program that combines high school, college courses and work experience.
Starting this fall, Carver-Vocational Technical High School and Dunbar High School will be the sites of the new Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, a program where students spend six years navigating both a high school and college curriculum that prepares them for fields in health and technology.
Maryland is partnering with IBM, Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland-Baltimore for the program. By the end of the six years, students will have earned an associates degree and have work experience in highly sought-after fields.
“It is important that we encourage new ideas that give parents realistic and better alternatives to prepare children for the jobs of the future,” Hogan said. “In bringing the P-TECH model to Maryland, Baltimore City students and others will have the opportunity to gain in-demand skills that employers need in the 21st century workforce, and Maryland employers will gain a steady pipeline to skilled professionals.”
IBM started the program in New York City in 2011. Since then, a half dozen states have started P-Tech schools.
Stanley S. Litow, president of the IBM International Foundation, said the program “was designed to address America’s unacceptably low rates of college completion.” Its participants, he said, “are succeeding regardless of race, income or geography.”
Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels said the program will provide “transformational opportunities” to young Baltimore residents that will “prepare our city’s workforce for the jobs and careers of the future.” Two other P-TECH programs are supposed to open later in other parts of the state.
The announcement at Carver was one of four appearances Hogan made in Baltimore on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Hogan announced that the state had set aside $250,000 in federal funds to improve the relationship between Baltimore youths and police and other law enforcement personnel.
The money will pay for programs where young people can interact with officers through sports and other activities.
“Programs like these are vital to the safety and security of our state’s flagship city as we move forward,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said in a statement.