In an effort to close the national skills gap and train local students for the jobs of tomorrow, IBM is going strong with its P-TECH (or Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program.
One of the latest success stories published by the international technology company features “the new voices of tech,” including Justice, an 18-year-old Baltimore resident who now has his college degree, a variety of in-demand tech skills, and a new job at IBM—all thanks to his hard work and the P-TECH program.
Ever since he was a child, Justice has loved and felt a connection to technology. Thanks to Baltimore’s partnerships with IBM, Justice was able to put his passion to work and make a name for himself in the tech field.
“P-TECH and IBM has changed my life. They just pushed me and nudged me in certain ways so I can want more for myself, instead of accepting the bare minimum,” said Justice. “I advocate so heavily on these programs like P-TECH because they help uplift our communities.”
“As a life-long Baltimore City resident and senior location executive for IBM Baltimore and Central Maryland, I have seen first-hand over the last four years how the P-TECH program can change lives and help provide new opportunities to Baltimore youth,” said IBM’s Don Fenhagen. “Graduating our first class with P-TECH Carver last year and seeing our students both come to IBM and move on to four-year degrees has been one of the proudest moments of my career at IBM.”
“P-TECH is just one example of how Maryland is making sure our students are prepared for future jobs in technology,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Whether it’s a career in cybersecurity, biohealth, manufacturing, or unmanned aircrafts—technology skills are pivotal. We need to make sure our future workforce is qualified and ready to take on any challenges that may arise.”
Photo courtesy of IBM/P-TECH