NORWALK, Conn. (CBSNewYork)IBM has partnered with Norwalk Community College and the city’s public school system to help train tomorrow’s tech leaders.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, the program is designed for kids who have high-tech skills and dream of a job one day in the field.

A new six-year program is opening up to high school freshmen in Norwalk. This fall, 100 students will be selected as the inaugural class.

Students selected will earn their high school diploma and a degree from Norwalk Community College that will put them on a path to a good job, Schneidau reported.

College president Dr. David Levinson said the graduates will be eligible for a job with IBM, the private partner in this initiative.

“It really grounds students in really the skills for the future and working with a company that has tremendous foresight in terms of where the world is going,” Levinson told Schneidau. “Once you join the family, so to speak, of IBM, you’re someone who will be taken care of, will be cultivated, will be supported by the corporation.”

The academy will be part of the Norwalk High School building.

Levinson said graduates will develop lifelong skills that are in high demand.

The prototype for the Norwalk school is P-TECH in Brooklyn, which was created in a partnership with IBM in 2011. President Barack Obama visited the P-TECH campus last year, after mentioning the groundbreaking school in his State of the Union address.

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