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Time Magazine: The School That Will Get You a Job

2/13/2014 12:00 AM

​Sarah E. Goode is the name of one of the first African-American women ever to be granted a U.S. patent, in 1885, for a foldout bed that converted into a desk—a prescient object that would fit right into a modern-day Ikea catalog. It's also the name of a new high school on Chicago's South Side that is redefining what it means to be educated in the 21st century.   

Kids at the school, which launched a year and a half ago, aren't called students but "innovators." They receive a hardcore focus on STEM skills (that's science, technology, engineering and math). And they take six years to graduate instead of the traditional four; the extra two years means they walk away with an associate's degree on top of their high school diploma. ...  

Chicago is connecting Sarah E. Goode and the other four P-Tech schools that it launched in September 2012 with community colleges that focus on the city’s top growth areas—including logistics and transport, health care, IT and manufacturing—and locating the schools in neighborhoods that are a short commute away from jobs in those fields.​ As in New York, the curriculum of these schools is developed in conjunction with the public school system, the City Colleges of Chicago (which, like CUNY, handles the college courses) and the companies—including not just IBM but also Cisco, Microsoft, Verizon Wireless and Motorola Solutions—that agree to sponsor them. ... 

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