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IBM, NY to create new tech education programs

ALBANY — IBM and New York are teaming up to create 10 new technical education programs, one each at public schools in different regions of the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and IBM say Tuesday the goal is to train students for skilled jobs in technology, manufacturing, health care and finance to support economic growth and development.

Armonk-based IBM will provide guidance, mentoring, internships and other support at two of the schools and will help recruit companies to do the same at the eight others.

Students will enter the six-year programs starting in ninth grade and can graduate with associate’s degrees.

Cuomo’s budget proposal includes $4 million more for the Early College High School program to help support the schools and other ECHS programs.

The other participants will be announced in coming months.