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She Can STEM
Girls who see women in STEM careers are more likely to go into those fields. We’re working to make sure they do.
In high school, I was forced to adhere to a dress code that included wearing a collared shirt every day. This was not something that helped my cause in the flirting department. Buttoned up to my chin collared shirts didn't exactly scream: "Let's make out!" Had I taken notes from Prince Harry, perhaps I could have simply unbuttoned one or two top buttons exposing just enough décolletage to make me look a bit more relaxed.
I know everyone is all about the oversized puffer, but if Prince Harry had anything to do with it, the folks at London Fashion Week would have been sleek in overcoats. Both him and his wife-to-be, Meghan Markle, have leaned into the overcoat trend: different colors, textiles, even patterns.
You never want to be wearing the wrong footwear to an event. Showing up at a football field in Louboutin's may be appropriate for a Kardashian, but let's face it: You look freaking ridiculous in heels on the greens. Prince Harry, ever-buttoned up, understands how to make appropriate shoe choices depending on the occasion: a casual suede lace up to place soccer, black-tie appropriate for a premiere, and Hunter Boots when you're ... well, I'm not so certain what he's doing here.  
All the best celebs have it from Britney Spears to, well, Prince Harry. Having a "pose" helps your clothes look better and you feel more confident. We're not so sure what Harry's pose means. (Is he constantly having indigestion? Is he uniquely interested in his heart rate?) No matter the reason. Take a tip from Harry: Find your pose.
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A High School Education and College Degree All in One
Learn about the innovative high school program that is preparing students for positions in some of the world's fastest growing industries
How do you better connect students with the future of work
Mr. Okorie’s job as a program associate in education at IBM requires him to spend much of his day at his alma mater, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-Tech, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. P-Tech was started in 2011 as a partnership between the New York City Department of Education, the New York City College of Technology and IBM. It is a six-year program that gives students from lower-income backgrounds the chance to earn a high school diploma along with a cost-free associate degree in a STEM field. Some, like Mr. Okorie, do it in even less time.
cost-free associate degree in a STEM field
“The question was, how do you better connect students with the future of work and create a seamless pathway for them to enroll in college?” said Rashid Davis, the founding principal of Brooklyn P-Tech. “When we started, more than 70 percent of students entering the City University of New York were graduates from the New York City Department of Education. However, more than 70 percent of those students needed remediation — meaning, they’re not completing a two-year degree in real two-year time. So the thought was, if you have this public-private partnership, could an early start lead to better outcomes?”
students are paired with a professional mentor and are eligible for a paid internship at IBM
P-Tech’s mission is to do just that. During their time at P-Tech, students are paired with a professional mentor and are eligible for a paid internship at IBM. (Mr. Okorie helps run the mentorship program). On graduation, many go on to four-year colleges; others take full-time jobs at IBM, although they’re not required to.
preparing students for jobs in the IT industry,
“We’re not preparing kids for jobs necessarily at IBM, we’re preparing them for jobs in the IT industry,” said Grace Suh, vice president for IBM Education. “We’d love them to come work at IBM, but the idea is that we’re giving them the skills they require to do whatever kind of job and work in whatever place — whether it’s IBM or a start-up.””
So far, 110 schools in eight states and Australia, Morocco, and Taiwan fall under the P-Tech umbrella; California, Colombia and Singapore are set to open schools soon. More than 500 industry partners and 77 community colleges also participate.
P-Tech is filling a necessary void. According to June 2018 data from the Federal Reserve, American students and their families carry more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. A Brookings study found that nearly 40 percent of student borrowers may default on their student loans by 2023.
P-Tech students graduate with no debt.
What’s more, college graduation rates among low-income students haven’t changed very much in 40 years. A 2016 report by the Pell Institute and the University of Pennsylvania’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy noted that the percentage of students from the poorest families who had gotten college degrees was 6 percent in 1970. By 2013, that number had increased only to 9 percent. And only 6 percent of college graduates from low-income, minority urban schools completed a STEM degree within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.
Yet dual-enrollment programs like P-Tech, in which high school students take college or university courses, have been found to help students complete college.
“It’s not enough just to say ‘free college,’” Mr. Davis said. “There’s free high school across the country, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is finishing with the skills they need to be prepared to move on. So it really is the industry involved that actually can say ‘We know that students need more research skills, we know that students really need to know how to present projects, make an argument.’ That makes a difference when they’re trying to get a job.”
We know that students need more research skills
To the students at P-Tech, Mr. Davis is somewhat of a rock star. Mr. Okorie chose P-Tech — there are no required entrance exams — after attending a high school fair with a friend. After the friend met Mr. Davis, he excitedly told Mr. Okorie about him. “He said, ‘There’s this guy with crazy long dreads and he’s wearing these super cool yellow sneakers and he’s telling me I can get a job at IBM and an associate degree at the same time,’” Mr. Okorie recalled with a laugh. “Once he told me that and I spoke to Mr. Davis, they sold me.”
But beyond learning what they do want to do, P-Tech students learn what they don’t want to do.
Morsaline Mozahid, 17, will graduate from P-Tech in December with his associate degree. He thought he wanted to have a career as a video game designer, but after taking a computer and coding class at P-Tech he realized that he “kind of hated it.”
“It was boring for me,” he said.
He’s grateful to P-Tech for giving him the chance to discover this sooner rather than later and hopes to study medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Otherwise, he said, “I would have spent a year in college trying to figure it out.”
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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said companies have to change the way they hire, or the skills gap will become a crisis
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said companies have to change the way they hire, or the skills gap will become a crisis
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said at the World Economic Forum's 2019 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, that the most pressing issue of the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" is the "skills crisis" that would leave workers behind.
She said in-demand "new-collar jobs" won't require a four-year degree, and that IBM has had success with its vocational schools and apprenticeship programs.
We're at the beginning of a new age in the developed world, in which the internet has become further entrenched in every aspect of our lives, and waves of jobs will be replaced by new technologies, including advanced artificial intelligence.
The World Economic Forum likes to call this the "Fourth Industrial Revolution," and at this year's conference in Davos, Switzerland, it's asking some of the world's top business and political leaders to weigh in on how we must adapt.
For IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, of primary importance is ensuring that workers aren't left behind. "There is a large part of society that does not feel that this is going to be good for their future," Rometty said at the Financial Times' panel "Business Leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution," moderated by the FT's Roula Khalaf. "We have a really serious duty about this. Because these technologies are moving faster in time than their skills are going to change. So it's causing the skills crisis."
Rometty coined the term "new-collar jobs" as a way to identify tech-based jobs that are valuable in today's economy, and will remain so, but don't require a four-year college degree or higher — an in-demand job like cloud-computing technician, for example.
IBM has extensive apprenticeship programs for mid-career workers wanting to make a change, and since 2011 has been establishing Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, or P-TECH schools, that are six-year vocational schools. There are now more than 100 of them in 13 countries and 11 states, and IBM has partnered with about 500 companies to provide work and mentorship for P-TECH students.
Rometty said businesses are ideally poised to assist with this transition and corporate leadership has to venture beyond hiring solely from top-ranked universities, adding that it's necessary to "change your paradigm of hiring" to accommodate this change.
"We as a company are passionate that if we don't fix this issue, to bridge this skill right now, at the rate it's moving, you will have unrest," Rometty said. "And so people have to have a route in."
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Denise Pulliam, IBM Enterprise Architect for AmericanAir Baggage System
Denise M. Pulliam of BlackHAIRSalons BlackBarbershop Conversations was the IBM Enterprise Architect for the AmericanAir Baggage System
Denise M. Pulliam the IBM Enterprise Architect for the AmericanAir Baggage System
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