Education Outreach – P-TECH Cyber

In 2016, SENEDIA partnered with the Newport Public School District and the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) on a P-TECH cybersecurity initiative. The RI P-TECH initiative was also supported by Commerce RI and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), ensuring alignment with the academic and career and technical education requirements of students, the growth areas of the RI economy, and the workforce needs of RI employers.

Pathways in Technology Early College High School Program, or P-TECH, creates a partnership between the high school, the college, and the employer. P-TECH schools are innovative public six-year high school programs, where students can earn their associates degree while simultaneously earning their high school diploma. Students have the option of completing the program in as little as four years if they opt to participate in extended day opportunities, or additional summer coursework.

The P-TECH model was co-developed by IBM, the New York Department of Education, and the City University of New York. Currently there are over 200 P-TECH school partnerships in 24 countries, with 5 P-TECH schools open and operating here in RI.

SENEDIA and its member companies play a significant role in the P-TECH program and are the drivers in the development and support of the students Workplace Learning curriculum. This is where the students’ coursework is aligned to the specific skills and needs that have been identified by employers. As students build both their technical and professional skills throughout the program, P-TECH students then become eligible for an internship opportunity with an employer partner. Graduates of the program are then be considered first in-line for job opportunities with industry or can choose to continue with their studies at a four-year institution.

With over 100 students currently enrolled in the P-TECH Newport Cybersecurity program and pursuing their A.S. Cybersecurity degree with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), SENEDIA continually works with its partners on program improvements and meaningful student opportunities that will prepare students to be tomorrows industry leaders. Students that select this pathway and accept and embrace the challenge, will be the future workforce pipeline of cybersecurity professionals that have the skills and credentials necessary, to meet the growing workforce demand of industry here in RI.

Additional information on the P-TECH Newport Cybersecurity program can be found here.

Or, take a moment to view the video about the program.

P-TECH Newport Cybersecurity Student Highlights:

Meet Colin and learn about his four-year P-TECH path, and his cybersecurity internship.

Meet Wyatt and learn more about why he joined P-TECH, and his time at CCRI.

For more information on getting involved with or supporting the PTECH Cybersecurity program, please reach out to our education outreach director Linda Larsen, at llarsen@senedia.org.