NECA is a school-within-a-school based on the P-TECH (9-14) model. In partnership with Norwalk Community College and IBM, NECA combines the best of high school, college and the professional world. With a focus on college and career readiness, workplace learning courses, site-visits and internships are integral component of the model. In as little as four years, scholars can earn a high school diploma and AAS degree in Mobile Programming or Software Engineering. Upon graduation, scholars are prepared to join the work force, are first in line for interviews with IBM, or may transfer to a four-year institution to complete their undergraduate studies.