Senior White House Advisor Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald J. Trump, visited the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) in Norwalk on Dec. 18 to speak with students enrolled in the program.
While at NECA, Trump toured classrooms and led a panel discussion with students in front of a select audience, including NCC President David L. Levinson, Ph.D. and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.
NECA was founded in 2014 as a partnership between Norwalk Community College, IBM and Norwalk High School.
The grades 9-14 Pathways to Technology (P-Tech) school enables students to complete a tuition-free Associate degree from NCC while simultaneously earning a high school diploma. The students are mentored by IBM executives and gain relevant work experience at IBM.
NECA is the first P-Tech school in Connecticut. Its curriculum concentrates on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
The Norwalk Hour newspaper reported that Trump’s visit “was kept secret until her arrival, despite the presence of Secret Service personnel and more than a dozen police officers.”
The First Daughter was invited by IBM’s Ginni Rometty, who is an advocate of STEM education as a way to prepare students for 21st century technology jobs.