The Pathways in Technology — or P-Tech — college preparatory program that is causing so much controversy at Martin Van Buren High School was praised in person last Friday by Educator-in-Chief President Barack Obama.
The president visited the P-Tech campus in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which was co-located in the Paul Robeson High School building in 2011.
Obama, in his state of the union speech this year, praised the P-Tech program, which is laden with technical instruction, and in six years awards students who complete the program a free two-year associate degree on top of their high school diplomas.
Students who complete the program have an inside track for jobs at IBM.
“At a moment when the cost of higher education keeps going up ... here’s how much two years of college will cost P-Tech students and their families: Zero. Nothing,” Obama said, according to a blog posted on the White House website.
“So this is a ticket to the middle class, and it’s available to everybody who’s willing to work for it,” the president said.