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11/01/2012
Information Night for High School Personnel and Parents on the Early College High School at TEC-SMART on November 15

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

What: High school guidance counselors/administrators, teachers, parents and students from around the Capital Region are invited to learn about the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School at an Information Night sponsored by the Ballston Spa Central School District and Hudson Valley Community College. This innovative program brings advanced technology education to high school students through the college’s Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART).

When: 6:30 - 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15.

Where: TEC-SMART, 345 Hermes Rd., Malta, in the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park®

Directions:

  • From I-87, take Exit 12 for Route 67 east toward Malta.
  • After crossing Route 9, Route 67 becomes Dunning St. Follow through several traffic circles, continuing east.
  • Nearly a mile after the second traffic circle, Dunning curves sharply to the left. Turn right at the curve, onto Hermes Road leading to the STEP campus. Follow signs for TEC-SMART.

Details: Developed in 2011 by the Ballston Spa Central School District, in conjunction with Hudson Valley Community College and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the program has since been expanded to include the Saratoga Springs School District and is now open to 11th grade students from school districts throughout the Capital Region. Students of this two-year program attend STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes in renewable energies at TEC-SMART for half the day and take regular classes in their high schools during the afternoon. Graduates earn up to 20 college-level credits.

Andrew Matonak, President of Hudson Valley Community College and Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D., Superintendent of the Ballston Spa Central School District, will give welcome remarks. Opening remarks will be given by Michael Tucker, President of the Center for Economic Growth.

A program overview will be presented by Phil White, Dean, School of Business and School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Hudson Valley and Laurel Logan-King, Assistant Superintendent of the Ballston Spa Central School District. Bob Callendar, Vice President of TRC will give an industry perspective on the program and the importance of partnerships.

Currently enrolled students will be on hand to discuss their experiences with the program and how they feel it is preparing them for college and future careers.

Tours of the classrooms and laboratories in TEC-SMART will take place at the conclusion of the program.

Additional information on the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School is available on the district Web site at www.bscsd.org.