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29 02 2012

Chicago Sun-Times:

New six-year tech high schools in Chicago to offer associate degrees

Five technology giants will join forces with Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges to open six-year public high schools that allow students to graduate with an associate’s degree and the expertise they need to qualify for high-tech jobs.

IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions and Verizon will develop curricula, mentor students, provide summer internships and guarantee every student who completes the program a “first-in-line” job interview after graduation.

Sure, for all those jobs with those companies that only require a junior college degree.  They might be “first in line” for an interview, but they’ll also be first in line for their application to be tossed into File 13.  Unless the “jobs” with these companies aren’t really CSIT-STEM, but Personnel, HR, diversity enforcement, affirmative action dead weight/workfare.  Yeah, that’s more like it.

“We want to hire them all. All they need to do is be able to successfully complete a curriculum through Grade 9 to 14 that’s gonna be their ticket to a good-paying job and to the middle class,” said Stanley Litow, IBM’s vice-president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs.

Someone look behind Litow’s back to see if his fingers are crossed.

CPS officials later explained that there would be “no selective admissions criteria” for the five new high schools.

Now there’s a cracker jack plan.  They’re expecting every graduate of this institution, a Chicago Public Schools institution, no less, to get a job with a tech firm that most people know by name, yet they have no entrance standards.  I can really see this working out well.

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2 responses

2 03 2012
rjp

No selective admission, but remember “25% of CPS students will amount to nothing” according to Rahm. At least that is what CTU President claims Rahm said to her.

2 03 2012
countenance

Rahm’s problem is that he is underestimating. Probably 75% will never amount to anything.




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