IBM Exec: Grades 9 To 14 Model Improves Work Readiness

Pilot programs being tested in New York and Chicago award graduates associate's degrees.

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Over in U.S. News's Opinion section, Stan Litow, IBM's vice president of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, lauds a school model being tested in New York City and Chicago that would allow students to graduate from high school with an associate's degree. Students at those schools are required to stay in school two extra years. This "9-14" model will allow students to "be exposed to innovative curricula that include the development of workplace skills," Litow writes.

Back in November, I wrote about one of the schools, Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The school's principal, Rashid Davis, said at the time that the idea of "delayed gratification" is tough for some students, but that once they "understand the importance of a two-year degree," many are receptive to the idea.