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Tech training in some local schools gets a boost

2013-09-01T21:19:00Z Tech training in some local schools gets a boostMICHAEL GOOT — Glens Falls Post-Star
September 01, 2013 9:19 pm  • 

Three local school districts are teaming up with the area BOCES, SUNY Adirondack and GlobalFoundries to teach high school students skills that eventually could lead to jobs at high-tech companies.

The Hudson Falls, Saratoga and Queensbury districts are part of the project, which will begin this September with the first group of 18 students.

Hudson Falls Superintendent Mark Doody said the two-year program is designed to teach advanced manufacturing skills, math and science and career skills.

“They’re going to be ready for the world of work,” he said.

Students will attend classes at SUNY Adirondack for two hours a day and spend the rest of the time in their local school districts. They will have the opportunity to earn college credits toward an associate’s degree.

“Students are going to learn the content and be able to apply the knowledge within the field of manufacturing,” he said.

Doody hopes the program will be successful and be expanded to other areas besides advanced manufacturing.

“There’s shortage of trained workers,” Doody said.

This partnership was one of 16 selected Wednesday statewide to receive funding beginning in the 2014-2015 year as part of the NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH). The state is providing nearly 6,000 students with training for associate’s degrees at no cost, which would put them first in line for skilled jobs at participating technology, manufacturing and health care companies when they graduate.

However, the local partnership among the three schools, SUNY Adirondack and WSWHE BOCES is going ahead this year as a pilot program, with the individual school districts paying BOCES to cover the costs.

The districts had been working on this project before the grant competition was announced, according to Brian Durant, vice president for academic and student affairs at SUNY Adirondack.

Durant said the classes would touch on physics and electricity, instructional technology.

“SUNY Adirondack is excited to be working with such great partners on such an important educational opportunity for our students to be exposed to technology and manufacturing and really supporting the emerging technologies of the region,” Durant said.

Other Capital Region partnerships selected include two involving Hudson Valley Community College. The college working with a consortia of schools led by the Ballston Spa Central School District to teach clean technology skills in conjunction with GlobalFoundries, Cisco and TRC.

HVCC is also in another partnership in conjunction with Questar III BOCES, the a group of schools led by the Troy City School District, the Center for Economic Growth, GE Health Care and Regeneron to teach advanced manufacturing skills.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was excited about these partnerships.

“This ground-breaking 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,” he said in a news release. “These public-private partnerships are a model for success for our students, our employers and our regional economies.”

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