A new program is giving students the opportunity to work toward a rewarding career at a young age. It’s called “P-TECH” which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The program helps high school students earn valuable credits toward an associate degree while partnering with industry leaders. The College is taking part in three P-TECH grants:
- This partnership between the Syracuse City School District, OCC and the Manufacturer’s Association of Central New York allows students to pursue a degree in either Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Technology. All costs including tuition, books and fees are covered by a grant from the New York State Education Department.
- This collaboration includes the Syracuse City School District, OCC, Broome Community College, SUNY Upstate Medical University, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and the Laboratory Alliance of Central NY. Degree choices include Health Information Technology from OCC or Clinical Lab Technician from Broome C.C. All costs are covered by the grant.
- This partnership includes nine Oswego County school districts, the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation, OCC, Novelis, Huhtamaki and the Fulton Companies. Degree choices are Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Technology. All costs are covered by the grant.
P-TECH students will have the opportunity to take part in job shadowing and internships. All students will be assigned a mentor who will provide support throughout the program. Successful students will be first in line for entry level employment positions within their respective majors. You can learn more about P-TECH here.