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  • For New Brunswick students, registration underway for second year of prestigious P-TECH public-private partnership

    Posted by Kurt Praschak on 1/28/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Deadline to apply for STEM-based program’s second annual 
    class exactly four weeks from today, on February 25 

    Life-changing academic, career opportunity

     

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (Jan. 28, 2020) – New Brunswick’s prestigious P-TECH program, which began during the summer of 2019, is now accepting applications for its second annual class. Eighth graders currently attending New Brunswick Public Schools have until Tuesday, February 25 – exactly four weeks from today – to register. Students who apply secure inclusion in a selection lottery, to be held on March 4.

    An education model made available via grants from the State of New Jersey, P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is a four-year program that begins the summer prior to a student’s ninth grade year. It culminates at the conclusion of twelfth grade, with successful participants simultaneously earning high school diplomas and associate degrees in electrical or mechanical engineering from Middlesex County College. The program is completely free of charge for all participating students.

    “The P-TECH program offers our students an unmatched opportunity for academic and career growth in a rapidly expanding field,” says New Brunswick Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Aubrey Johnson. “What’s remarkable is that these young people can begin imagining themselves as college graduates and highly skilled professionals before they even begin the ninth grade.” 

    Just four months ago, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy participated in the ribbon-cutting event that marked the formal kick-off of the program at New Brunswick P-TECH (40 Van Dyke Ave.). Co-developed by IBM, P-TECH is a STEM-based, public-private partnership intended to establish a clear pathway from high school, to college, to a professional career. New Brunswick’s P-TECH industry partners are CGI, Jingoli & Son, and Cornerstone Building Brands. 

    Additional information on the P-TECH program, including specific registration details, is available online at https://ptech.nbpschools.net/.  New Brunswick’s initial P-TECH class – all currently 9th graders – is made up of 40 students. The second class will have a similar number of participants. 

    "I was excited when I was chosen to go to P-TECH because I knew I was going to earn two years of college and get my associate degree,” said P-TECH 9th grade student Emely Garcia. “P-TECH is great and has a lot of amazing teachers. It's easy to make friends and we experience so many cool things."  

    P-TECH student Ken Cruz, also in the 9th grade, adds: " I met new friends from all around the school district. In class, we don't just sit back and listen, we are interactive when learning."

     

    About New Brunswick Public Schools
    The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.

     

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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Expands

    Posted by Kurt Praschak on 1/15/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Students involved in the BBBSMC program.

    Expansion of ongoing partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters 
    and New Brunswick Public Schools,

    Program moves into Livingston Elementary; High School program continues

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (Jan. 15, 2020)  It’s another big step forward. 

    A total of 13 third, fourth, and fifth grade students from New Brunswick’s Livingston Elementary School – all of whom were enrolled by their families – are now engaged in mentoring relationships with six select New Brunswick High School students. This arrangement represents an expansion of the ongoing program between New Brunswick Public Schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey, which began during the 2018-2019 school year, when 18 district high school students were mentored by St. Peter’s University Hospital staff members.  

    “Our district’s relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters can change young people’s lives,” explains Dr. Aubrey Johnson, superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools. “That’s why we’re so excited about it expanding to include some of our elementary school students. This program enables children who are facing adversity of various types to engage in a professionally-supported, one-on-one relationship with a strongly positive role model.”  

    The Livingston Elementary School phase of the program – which kicked-off in November and will conclude in June 2020 – takes place every other week at the elementary school and features Big Brothers Big Sisters staff facilitating all mentoring sessions. The program with St. Peter’s University Hospital – which has featured presentations in the various hospital departments, hands-on tours, and various demonstrations – continues apace. 

    “Our organization has several mentoring program models, with one of the most effective being when a child interacts with their high school Big Brother or Big Sister right at school,” says BBBS Executive Director William Salcedo. “We have tremendous confidence in the potential of student leaders at New Brunswick High School to step up to the plate and inspire younger students as they help guide them on the right path.  We look forward to serving more youth in New Brunswick through these two mentoring programs that will ignite the potential in every child we serve.” 

    Additional details on the program are available by contacting info@bbbsmmc.org or calling 732.544-2224. A high-resolution photo album can be found here

     

    About New Brunswick Public Schools
    The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.

     

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