Innovative Approach Provides Robust Talent Pipeline for the Information Technology Industry
- Thursday, 03/30/2017: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
- Room: S226
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Connecticut has launched a statewide program to assure that high school graduates will embark on challenging, economically-productive careers. Connecticut Early College Opportunities (CT-ECO) programs are designed to prepare thousands of Connecticut students in high-skill jobs currently in technology fields, targeting at-risk and disadvantaged students. This model developed by IBM and the New York State Department of Education bridges grades 9-14 by offering high school, college and career training in one seamless educational experience, designed to meet the requirements for entry level positions in growth industries and launch students into middle careers. This innovative approach re-designs both secondary and post-secondary systems by going beyond the standard goals of college- and career-readiness- students complete a post-secondary credential, undertake assignments with partner employers, and are first in line for jobs upon graduation. This initiative serves the needs of individual students while providing a robust talent pipeline for the community and its employers.