The NYC P-TECH school model reflects a powerful collective effort that unites the public and private sectors to boost educational opportunities for youths in our city. Every NYC P-TECH school is created through the collaboration of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), the City University of New York (CUNY), and major industry employers.
NYCDOE and CUNY continue to build on a long-standing relationship based on the mutual commitment to high-quality education for the people of New York City.
From the school district’s side, NYCDOE’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR) oversees the coordination and development of the schools. Alongside managing the operational, financial, and administrative systems needed for a new school to function, OPSR aligns institutional policy and support structures to sustain NYC P-TECH schools. NYCDOE also oversees school performance measures as part of overall state and federal accountability requirements.
CUNY's Early College Initiative (ECI) brings expertise on the higher education system. It works with NYCDOE to redesign the secondary school experience through high schools collaborating with CUNY campuses to make earning a college degree more accessible and attainable. ECI facilitates the connection between each NYC P-TECH school and its partner community college. It also provides expertise on integrating the early college experience into the schools' scope and sequences as well as college readiness activities.
NYCDOE and CUNY collaborated with IBM and New York City College of Technology to create the first NYC P-TECH school in 2010. Since then, 14 other industry and college partners have become involved in working with NYCDOE and CUNY to open NYC P-TECH schools.