EXTENDED VOCATION: The NYTimes takes a look at P-Tech in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a potential "future of the country's vocational education." The six-year school offers a mix of both traditional high school subjects, along with tech training and courses developed with support (and $500K) from IBM. Graduates come out with associate's degrees and are ready to hit the entry-level tech job market; IBM also will give them preferential consideration for its openings. Other schools and companies are reportedly interested in joining forces to revitalize vocational education. It's a smart move given current unemployment issues--and the lingering question of whether college is the right path for everyone.