Bringing Together Education, Business and Industry
Ballston Spa Central School District, along with its higher education and business partners, currently operates the highly successful Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School (ECHS), a program that prepares students for college and careers in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and advanced technology including semi-conductor manufacturing. The mission of the program is to develop and support pathways to higher education that lead to careers in STEM fields through rigorous academic programming and a collaborative approach to learning. Starting in 2014-2015, The Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries ECHS is a NYS P-TECH program that provides students a distinct opportunity to earn an Associates Degree while preparing them to seamlessly transition into key industry sectors within our economic region.
The Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries ECHS supports an innovative learning environment and culture with the tools and resources necessary to acquire and create knowledge, collaborate, innovate, and connect students with higher education, the community, the region, and the world. Students work at their own pace and leverage 1:1 technology to access individualized academic support, master program expectations, and develop college and career readiness. With support from regional economic leaders, including the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and local Chambers of Commerce, the program connects with hundreds of businesses throughout the region that serve as assets for students.
To transform College and Career Readiness by creating new pathways between education and business, by supporting a culture and learning environment with the tools and resources necessary to acquire and create knowledge, collaborate, innovate and to connect students with higher education, the community, the region and the world.
The Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School is a fully connected and collaborative learning environment focusing on 21st Century skills, STEM teaching and learning, promoting college and career readiness for all students, and is supported through public and private partnerships.