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Hudson Valley Community College/Ballston Spa Schools Partnership Awarded NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School Grant

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

The Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School (ECHS) of Hudson Valley Community College and Ballston Spa Central School District recently received a New York State Pathways in Technology (NYS P-TECH) grant to expand its offerings and reach. The award is one of sixteen projects around the state to receive funding to prepare nearly 6,000 students statewide for higher education and a pathway to the workforce.

“We are making sure our students are more prepared for life after graduation by linking the skills we teach in the classroom with the needs of 21st century employers,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a news release. “This groundbreaking program will give students across the state the opportunity to earn a college degree without taking on significant debt from student loans while also starting on a pathway to a good-paying job when they graduate. These public-private partnerships are a model for success for our students, our employers and our regional economies.”

The ECHS was started in 2011 at the college’s TEC-SMART facility in NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®) in Malta to prepare high school juniors and seniors for college and careers in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and advanced technology including semi-conductor manufacturing. Through the college’s partnership with Ballston Spa Central School District, students have the chance to earn more than 20 college credits while still in high school. The school enrolls 110 students from 20 high schools in seven counties.

The grant supports the partners’ collaboration to further develop curriculum and to provide mentoring, job shadowing, workplace visits and field experiences. It will increase opportunities for at-risk and underrepresented youth from around the region and develop seamless sequences of study leading to associate degrees in the areas of information systems, energy efficiency, renewable energy or advanced technology. It also will implement a career placement plan in collaboration with more than 25 current supporting businesses to ensure that program graduates are first in line for open positions.

Hudson Valley is a partner in a second P-TECH grant to Riverfront P-Tech – a consortium of Troy City Schools, Questar III BOCES, Hudson Valley Community College, Center for Economic Growth (CEG), GE Healthcare and Regeneron. The regional consortium requested $2.4 million in aid over a seven-year period.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.