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P-Tech

OUR PROGRAM

P-TECH Port Richmond is a “Grades 9-14” academic and career program that enables students to begin their college and professional lives more quickly and with more support than the typical school-to-college-to-work pathway.  Students who commit to the  Grades 9-14 P-TECH program will follow a six-year curriculum where they have the opportunity to begin taking college courses as early as 10th grade.  Students will be able to  work toward earning an Associate degree in Computer Technology, at no cost, from the College of Staten Island, plus work-based learning experiences so that they l leave the school with the skills and knowledge they need  to continue their studies and step seamlessly into competitive jobs in computing and information technology.


P-TECH Port Richmond students reflect the dynamic and diverse neighborhoods of the New York City school districts.  Students of all abilities will be accepted, and no tests are required to enroll.  


KEY ELEMENTS OF THE P-TECH MODEL

P-TECH partners with industry leaders, giving students the experience they need to secure high-paying, high-level careers in computing and information technology fields.  P-TECH’s comprehensive work-based learning program includes visits from industry experts, internships, job shadow days, coaching and mentoring and part-time employment opportunities.  After six years, graduates will be able to earn both a New York State Regents Diploma and an Associate Degree in Computer Technology from The College of Staten Island.


Students will be prepared to begin careers in a range of exciting, competitive jobs in the computing and information technology industry, such as computer programming, computer support specialist, systems analyst, software engineer, software developer, mobile application developer, data engineer, data scientist, and machine learning engineer. As an added benefit, P-TECH Port Richmond graduates will be “first in line” for hiring by our business partners who work with P-TECH Port Richmond students.


COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY

Over the course of the program, students will develop into a close-knit group of friends, working together to make themselves, each other, and the program better.



P-TECH PORT RICHMOND STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

Take four years of math and science coursework.
Learn the skills to succeed in the highly competitive technology industry.
Be curious, dedicated, hands-on learners— ready to take on the challenges of school, college, work, and life.
Attend a school orientation program during the summer before 9th grade.
Actively participate in after school and weekend academic enrichment opportunities that support exceeding proficiency levels in high leverage courses.
Attain CUNY proficiency benchmarks in English and Math and begin taking CUNY CSI college courses as early as the 10th grade.
Participate in summer learning opportunities.
Intern at major companies in the New York metropolitan area.

APPLICATION AND COHORT INFORMATION

Application to P-TECH Port Richmond is open to all incoming 9th graders.  
Acceptance is limited to 60 students.  
Students who are accepted into P-TECH Port Richmond will attend high school at Port Richmond High School with other students in the cohort.  Students will be a part of the Port Richmond High School student body and will be eligible for all other extracurricular activities, fine arts and athletic activities offered at the high school.
 
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