Capital Region Students Complete Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries ECHS Program
Over 40 students from eleven high schools across the region recently graduated from the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School (Clean Tech ECHS). The students were congratulated and recognized for their accomplishments by several distinguished speakers, families and friends at the annual Graduation Recognition Ceremony held recently at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART.
“We celebrate the accomplishments of the very first cohort of P-TECH students who began the program as ninth graders, risk takers who have fulfilled their high school graduation requirements and are prepared to achieve their higher education aspirations,” indicated Laurel Logan-King, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Pupil Services, Ballston Spa CSD. Further, “During their time in the program every student has developed a number of skills that are necessary to be successful throughout life including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, perseverance, and how to be an innovator.”
Speakers also included the Honorable Carrie Woerner, Assemblywoman of NYS Assembly District 113; Amy Cox, Associate in Higher Education Opportunity for the NYS P-TECH Program; and Jennifer Pickering, Director of Learning and Development at GlobalFoundries. Sponsor Jeremy McDonald, LEED AP Principal from Guth DeConzo Consulting Engineers, PC, provided a welcome to the graduating seniors.
Graduating students Renee Banagan and Amanda Davis, both from Saratoga Springs High School and both attending Rochester Institute of Technology, provided the student message and reflected on their experiences in the program.
Annual scholarship presentations were made by The Society for Information Management’s Albany Chapter. These scholarships are for students who specifically plan to pursue an undergraduate program in a STEM field. The morning’s agenda also included a display of both 11th and 12th grade students’ capstone projects, offering innovative solutions to real world problems.
Jointly operated by Hudson Valley Community College and the Ballston Spa Central School District, the ECHS prepares high school students for college and careers in clean energy, computer science and information, mechatronics and entrepreneurship.
The school began in 2011 and now enrolls nearly 300 students from 19 different school districts across ten counties. The students in 11th and 12th grade take courses at TEC-SMART for half the day and complete regular high school courses in their home school for the remainder of the day as they earn more than 20 college credits in addition to a high school diploma. It is one of the innovative educational programs available to interested students in the Capital Region. Mentoring, job shadowing, workplace visits and field experiences are provided through the program’s partnerships with business and industry, government and non-profit regional groups.
In 2013, the Clean Tech ECHS was recognized as a New York State Pathways in Technology (NYS P-TECH) school, receiving a grant to expand its offerings to include 9th and 10th grade students. The Clean Tech ECHS program is located at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART in Malta. For details about the program, go to www.bscsd.org/cleanTech.cfm or contact ECHS Coordinator Adrienne Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 629-4981.