Some Chicago students will leave their high schools equipped with a diploma, a degree and a promise of a job interview.
Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges and five technology companies will open six-year high schools offering associate degrees to students.
Verizon, IBM, Microsoft, Cisco and Motorola Solutions will create the engineering, technology and math coursework for students. The high-tech companies will provide mentors and internships to get students ready for their fields, the Sun-Times reports.
This new schools are exciting some Chicago-area tech companies interested in hiring young tech savvy professionals close to home, the paper reports.
“I love the idea of local talent coming from an organization with such strong founding partners,” said Andy Pace, chief operating officer at SingleHop, a data center operator with Chicago and Elk Grove Village locations. “We work in a very specific field of technology that requires not only a sound educational background but a willingness to learn.”
The six-year schools are located across the city. The list includes Chicago Vocational Career Academy , 2100 E. 87th Street; Corliss High School, 821 E. 83rd Street; Lake View High School, 4015 N. Ashland; Michele Clark High School, 5101 W. Harrison Street; and the IBM-school will be located at 7651 S. Homan.
The five schools will open this fall.