P-TECH Round 4 Winning Partnerships Will Help Students Earn Associate's Degrees and Prepare For High Skill Jobs
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced six winners in the fourth round of the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) partnership awards. These newly awarded public-private educational partnerships add to the growing number of New York high school students currently preparing for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare-related fields. Students will earn an associate degree at no cost to their families and will be first in line for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.
"This nation-leading program is transforming our education system by providing students the tools and experience they need to succeed in the competitive global workforce," Governor Cuomo said. "These P-TECH awards are enabling New York's young, bright minds to develop and grow, and I am proud to support these innovative partnerships as they prepare the next generation of leaders for the opportunities of the future."
"I have visited students who are benefitting from the P-TECH program all over the State, and I have seen firsthand how it changes their view of their own potential," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "As New York's economy continues to grow, the number one concern I hear from employers is the need for more skilled workers. With this latest round of P-TECH Awards, New York is investing in our workforce by preparing high school students for jobs of the future in technology and manufacturing. Providing our students with the resources they need to succeed in the job market is a smart strategy for continued economic progress."
Early College High Schools such as P-TECH will provide over 10,000 students with a high school diploma, college degree and pathway to a job. With today's announcement, New York continues to lead the world with a total of 39 public/private partnership schools. This rapidly expanding initiative links education to regional economic development by partnering public schools with colleges and business partners to ensure that students graduate ready to enter the workforce or continue their post-secondary studies.
Modeled after the nationally-recognized IBM partnership in New York City, the schools will supply all regions with a robust talent pipeline driving local economic development. Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries from across the state. This year's grants prioritized schools creating partnerships in computer science, and those partnering with high needs schools.
The six new partnerships are:
Higher Ed Partner
Watervliet CSD, Capital Region BOCES
Hudson Valley Community College and Schenectady County Community College
Dell, Cisco, GreaneTree Technology, MVP Health Care, Liniym, and AlbanyCanCode
Central New York
Onondaga Community College and Mohawk Valley Community College
CenterState Corporation and MACNY
Trumansburg CSD, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES
Tompkins Cortland Community College
C&D Assembly, Inc.,; MACOM; MPL Inc.; Baum Control Systems Inc.; Rheonix; Tompkins County Area Development; Tompkins County Workforce Development Board; and Tompkins Chamber of Commerce
Johnstown CSD, HFM BOCES
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Excelerant Ceramics, LLC; CMK Marketing; Potratz Advertising; Wells Nursing Home, Inc.; Palmer Pharmacy; O'Connell Electrics; Core BTS; and Cisco Systems, Limited
Westchester Community College
St. John's Riverside Hospital
Western New York
Lackawanna CSD, Erie 1 BOCES
Erie Community College
Joe Basil Chevrolet; Gabes's Collision; Auto Collision & Glass; Carubba Collision Corp., West Herr Collision; Northtown Automotive Companies; Niagara Frontier Dealers Assoc.; and Town Automotive Group
The New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School partnership initiative was initially announced as part of the Governor's 2013-2014 Executive Budget and receives additional support through the State Education Department. The public-private initiative was launched in partnership with IBM, which helped create the program and is providing tools, training and support to each participating school.
SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson said, "P-TECH is an important opportunity that provides students with an early and individualized introduction to higher education—an opportunity that can significantly improve the educational and economic outcomes for our students and the state. SUNY is proud to be a partner in P-TECH sponsorship across the state, providing early access to college and support to thousands of young people in the STEM and technical fields. SUNY colleges make up 86% of the higher education institutions partnering with NYS P-TECHs—a commitment that will impact the future of New York's economy. We applaud Governor Cuomo for his sustaining support of this program and the economic opportunities it brings to the people of New York and the businesses that seek out these talented students after graduation."
Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said, "The P-TECH program continues to offer New York's students a head start on the competition and a chance to realize their full potential. By targeting students who are academically and economically at-risk, P-TECH programs align perfectly with the ongoing efforts of the Board of Regents to bring greater equity throughout our entire educational system."
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said, "P-TECH prepares thousands of New York students for the high-skills jobs of the future. The program exposes students to high school, college, and the professional world, so they develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to excel in their chosen field."
Stanley S. Litow, Vice President EMERITUS, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs said, "P-TECH addresses America's skills crisis. It expanded rapidly from one school, which IBM helped design in Brooklyn seven years ago, to close to 100 open across eight states in the US and internationally, with many more states and countries opening schools next year. Governor Cuomo and New York State exert the necessary strong leadership that has helped this innovation spread across the US and around the world connecting school to career and expanding this innovative transformation of high school. P-TECH schools increase student achievement but most important, get students college degrees often while still in high school, and a ticket to high wage "new collar" jobs at IBM and other companies. Governor Cuomo is providing more New York students with these opportunities, critical to their future and New York's economic success."
President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. Heather C. Briccetti Esq. said, "This is terrific news for New York's students and the more than 400 industry partners from across the state who have already established successful P-TECH partnerships in their local cities and regions. Since its inception, the P-TECH schools have shown unrivaled success in creating real opportunity for high school students and matching their education with the needs of local employers. The connections made have enabled P-TECH graduates to have the exact skillsets necessary to take the middle skills job openings that are too often going unfilled. We are delighted the Governor remains a champion of this issue and we hope the expansion of the P-TECH program continues."