Australian Prime Minister Visits VEI Class

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Prime Minister Abbott with VEI students (Photo Credit: Aaron Showalter/NY Daily News)

During a tour of Brooklyn’s P-TECH on June 11th, 2014, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited VEI’s Titan, Inc. P-TECH is a 9-14 high school model that provides an opportunity for students to earn a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree. In addition, students participate in internships with the eventual goal of securing employment at IBM. [intlink id=”8000″ type=”page”]Titan, Inc.[/intlink] is one of three [intlink id=”8367″ type=”page”]VEI Firms[/intlink] P-TECH implements to give 11th graders real-world experience.

The school has garnered international attention [intlink id=”7686″ type=”post”]thanks to President Obama pointing toward the school[/intlink] as an example of the future direction of education.

“‘This offers a very good path forward,’ Abbott told a group of students and school staffers.”

Titan, Inc. is led by CEO Gabriel Rosa, [intlink id=”6043″ type=”page”]one of the many amazing students who spoke[/intlink] at [intlink id=”10297″ type=”post”]VEI’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala[/intlink].

Titan, Inc. CEO Gabriel Rosa of P-TECH in Brooklyn, NY (Photo Credit: Jeffery Holmes)

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President Obama Visits P-TECH

Unique School Model Includes 3 VEI Programs

Obama speaking to audience about the future of education during visit of P-TECH

(Photo Source: Charles Dharapak/AP)

On Friday, October 25, 2013, President Obama made a special visit to New York City’s P-TECH high school in Brooklyn.  The first of its kind, P-TECH is a partnership between a New York City high school, CUNY and IBM.  In his State of the Union, the President hailed the program as a model for preparing students for college and career.  P-TECH is a 9-14 school, providing an opportunity for  students to earn a high school diploma, an associate degree, and to participate in industry internships.  In order to properly prepare students for the workplace, P-TECH installed 3 VEI programs to enable every 11th grader to get real world experience through the creation and execution of a virtual business.

VEI is very proud to be on the ground floor of this innovative model that is now expanding to schools throughout the country.

Follow this link to watch President Obama’s speech.