P-TECH is a six-year program within Port Richmond that offers students the opportunity to receive a high school diploma from PRHS, a tuition-free Associate’s Degree from CSI, and perhaps most importantly, hands-on work experience and education from an “industry partner,” yet to be chosen. This industry partner will be selected from one of a variety of specialized fields, including healthcare, technology, public utilities or finance, including Fortune 500 companies. The partner will provide students with work-based learning activities including work site visits, mentoring and internships.
The program will also feature a summer institute that will "bridge" learning in preparation for fall opening. Summer institute and general program information will be available at www.PortRichmondHS.org.
The initial request for a P-TECH on Staten Island was contained in a letter from Borough President Oddo to then newly-appointed NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. Together, they have been working to bring the program to Staten Island high school students since Carranza visited with Oddo during City Hall in Your Borough in August of 2018.
“No longer will Staten Island be the only borough without a P-TECH school,” said Borough President James Oddo. “Starting in September, students will have a unique opportunity to start as normal high school freshmen, but by the time they finish the fourteenth grade, they will have a diploma, a degree, and, perhaps most importantly, the knowledge and skills necessary to move right into a specialized job. Getting us to this point has not been easy. Admittedly, there have been many fits and starts. I have to thank the Borough Hall team for their doggedness in not stopping their pursuit of P-TECH until we achieved our long-standing goal. I truly believe that all of our hard work is going to pay off in a big way.”
“This program brings Staten Island students rigorous, career-oriented instruction and a clear path to a free Associate’s degree that will provide high-quality education, stability and certainty as we continue to navigate a global pandemic,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “This is what Equity & Excellence for All is about, and I am grateful to Borough President Oddo for his partnership and advocacy in bringing P-TECH to the borough for the first time.”
“This is an amazing opportunity for the students of Port Richmond High School and the entire Staten Island community,” said Port Richmond High School Principal Andrew Greenfield. “I am thankful to the Borough President, the Department of Education and the College of Staten Island for collaborating to make this program a reality. Members of this year’s incoming freshman class will have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma from Port Richmond High School and an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from the College of Staten Island.
College of Staten Island President William J. Fritz commented: “The College is excited about this unprecedented opportunity to partner with Port Richmond High School to create the borough’s first P-TECH school with the support of the Borough President and the Department of Education. This major academic initiative will advance the success of our future students in alignment with CSI’s focus on high school collaborations through the 30,000 Degrees Initiative, local economic development, and its growing role as an anchor institution.”
"The pandemic has accelerated the advance of the digital economy and increased the importance of initiatives like the Grades 9-14 model, which provides students with significant advantages in preparing for college and successful careers" said Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of Partnership for New York City.