IBM, NSCC, Mi’kmaw organizations partner on software engineering program for Indigenous high school students

October 20, 2021
IBM, Nova Scotia Community College, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, and Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office have partnered on a new program that will allow Indigenous high school students in Cape Breton to graduate from high school with a two-year college diploma in software engineering. The Unama’ki Pathways in Technology, Early College High School (P-TECH) has been launched at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, and will provide a tuition-free path for students to earn a diploma conferred by NSCC as they gain work experience. Students will benefit from paid internships, industry mentorship, and interviews with IBM after graduation. “This is not just lighting or igniting that spark with our youth, but having a program like this that links into that and keeps that spark alive shows them the pathway,” said Alex Paul of the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office. CBC | Saltwire (NS)