Training for What the Future Demands

US Green Building Council LogoTEC-SMART is a showcase for energy efficient building principles. With a low carbon footprint and sustainable design features, TEC-SMART achieved LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The 43,000-square-foot building uses passive solar design, is highly energy efficient and generates one-third of its energy needs by harnessing the power of wind and the sun. The building is not air conditioned; rather it uses the geothermal energy of the earth for heating and cooling and serves as a teaching tool for students in the college's construction, electrical, HVAC, engineering and architecture programs.

Classroom at TEC-SMART
Lounge at TEC-SMART

Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies) facility in Malta, NY features more than a dozen state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories to train the workforce in semiconductor manufacturing and green technologies, including photovoltaic, geothermal and wind energy.

TEC-SMART is a critical component in preparing our students for a new economy that promotes job growth, environmental sustainability and technological innovation.

Through TEC-SMART, Hudson Valley is producing a skilled workforce to serve major employers including GLOBALFOUNDRIES, General Electric, SunPower Inc. and Solar City.

High Demand Classes
TEC-SMART offers much more than industrial technology courses. Students in lower Saratoga and Washington counties can take general education, business, liberal arts and humanities courses in the facility's comfortable, technology-equipped classrooms and 200-seat auditorium. Courses are offered in fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Tour the Facility
See our state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, wind turbines, photovoltaic and geothermal installations in a guided tour. Staff is available during the day Monday through Friday to show you around and answer questions about the courses offered here.

In addition to state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, TEC-SMART features the following:

  • Computer kiosks connected to a printer
  • Laptop recharging area
  • Wireless access
  • Lounge and eating areas with microwaves and food and soft drink vending machines
  • Picnic tables
  • Walking trails

Staff is available Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Call (518) 629-7075 or e-mail to schedule a tour.

Career-Ready Partnerships
TEC-SMART is also home to the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School (ECHS), a partnership with the Ballston Spa Central School District. This program is designed to develop and support pathways to higher education in renewable energy, entrepreneurship, computer information science and semiconductor manufacturing for high school students throughout the Capital Region.

Students take courses at TEC-SMART for half the day and finish up with regular high school courses in their schools for the remainder of the day. Graduates may earn up to 20 college credits, in addition to a high school diploma.

In 2014, the Early College High School was awarded a New York State P-Tech Grant (Pathways in Technology Grant) to assure its continuation. Aimed at preparing more than 6,000 high school students for high-skill jobs in technology and manufacturing, P-Tech works with local partners who provide mentoring, job shadowing, workplace visits and field experience to the students.

ECHS offers four pathways to higher education: Renewable Energy, Entrepreneurship, Computer Information Science and Semiconductor Manufacturing.

Community Education and Engagement
TEC-SMART serves as a central location where the community can learn about energy issues and green technologies, helping to increase awareness of the need for and availability of clean energy sources. School groups, community organizations and businesses visit TEC-SMART with increasing frequency for programs and information sessions.

TEC-SMART regularly hosts external groups who use the facility to host meetings and seminars. These groups include:

Local Workforce Investment Boards and Regional Economic Development Councils also utilize the meeting space.

TEC-SMART is also a hub for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education events for elementary, middle and high school groups, including a targeted workshop to introduce girls to STEM.

Find Out More about TEC-SMART

TEC-SMART Location
NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®)
345 Hermes Road
Malta, NY 12020

A joint initiative of Hudson Valley Community College and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), TEC-SMART is located in the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park® (STEP®). Next door is the Luther Forest Technology Campus, a 1,350-acre campus designed for nanotechnology manufacturing and research and development. TEC-SMART trains skilled technicians for entry-level work at these plants as well as in the growing renewable energies field, helping to accelerate the economic growth of both industries.