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05/28/2015
Clean Tech Early College High School at TEC-SMART Receives CEG Technology Innovation Award

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) recently announced the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School (Clean Tech ECHS)  is a recipient of the 2015 Technology Innovation Award. Seven of the region’s most innovative and growth-oriented individuals and organizations will be honored during a luncheon on Thursday, June 25 at the Albany Marriott.

Located at Hudson Valley Community College’s Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) facility in Malta, NY, the school is a partnership between Ballston Spa Central School District, Hudson Valley Community College and NYSERDA. Launched in September 2011 to provide an early college education addressing the workforce needs of our region, it enrolls nearly 300 students in grades nine through 12 from 25 school districts in ten counties.

Students are co-enrolled in high school and college classes aligned in pathways that lead to an associate’s degree in Clean Energy, Information Technology, Mechatronics and Entrepreneurship at Hudson Valley, decreasing the time to earn a college degree and enter the workforce. In 2013, the program was recognized as a NYS Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) school.

“We are honored to be recognized for the work we are doing in the areas of problem-based learning and accelerating higher education opportunities for students in the many STEM and related fields,” indicated Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D., Superintendent of the Ballston Spa Central School District. “The support provided by our many partners across sectors is instrumental in sustaining our work as we continue to build the pathway between high school, college and the workforce.”

“Hudson Valley Community College is honored to receive this award in partnership with the Ballston Spa Central School District for developing an innovative model of high technology education that provides clear pathways to both college and 21st Century careers for hundreds of high schoolers throughout the Capital Region,” said Drew Matonak, Ed.D., President of Hudson Valley Community College.

CEG advances industry growth in the Capital Region by attracting strategic investments; improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem; advocating for an education and training continuum that meets the needs of advanced manufacturers and the 21st century workforce; providing business growth services to manufacturing and technology companies; and preparing communities for economic expansion. This is the 19th year the organization has awarded local organizations and individuals with innovation honors.

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Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.