NORWALK, Conn. – There’s excitement Monday in one part of Norwalk – Ivanka Trump has visited Norwalk High School.
Trump visited the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA).
The news broke on the Facebook page Norwalk Parents for Education, where Board of Education member Bryan Meek explained that it’s a surprise because the “Secret Service had a gag order on it for security reasons.”
THIS IS TRULY AWSOME FOR NORWALK!!!!!!! Drew Todd wrote.
She is talking about IBM teaming up with CT schools and community colleges to improve on apprenticeships in STEM programs, sounds like an improveent for our states education programs, not a negative thing! A mother wrote.
The Norwalk Public Schools Facebook page explained:
“IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump visited Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) this morning to highlight the importance of modern skills and career education. NECA’s first class of students is set to graduate this spring at an accelerated pace – completing the program within four years, not the typical six. Ms. Rometty and Ms. Trump had the opportunity to meet these students and engage in a panel conversation during this visit.
“We were pleased to be able to host today’s event at the request of IBM. IBM is a valued partner in NECA, providing paid summer internships annually as well as school-year mentors & job coaches focused on developing professional workforce skills, plus a preference for hiring NECA graduates. NCC also partners in the program, providing the college courses that enable students to earn both a high school diploma and associate degree in the STEM field during the course of the Program.
“Opened in 2014, NECA was developed in collaboration among the Norwalk Public Schools, Norwalk Community College and IBM. Graduates earn both their high school diplomas and associate degrees in either software engineering or mobile programming, and build the skills needed to continue their studies or step into high potential jobs.”