The Clean Tech ECHS program, now entering into its seventh year in the fall of 2017, was developed through a partnership between Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In September 2017, the program will enroll almost 300 students from 16 school districts across ten counties.
The Clean Tech ECHS was launched in September 2011 to provide an early college program to address the well documented workforce needs of our economic development region. High school students are co-enrolled in college classes in pathways that lead to an Associate’s Degree, decreasing the time it takes to receive a college degree and enter the workforce.
Juniors and seniors in the program earn up to 30 college credits from Hudson Valley Community College in this ECHS model. In 2013 the program was designated by Governor Cuomo as a New York State P-TECH school, providing additional support as the program continues to grow and serve more students from a regional perspective. Students in the program have the option to explore one of four career pathways including Clean Energy; Computer Science & Information Systems; Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Innovation; and Mechatronics.
The program brings together over 40 partners in K-12 education, higher education, business and industry, government and non-profit regional groups to fuel the region’s workforce pipeline to fill the jobs of tomorrow.