College Classes in High School

Lilla La (left) and Professor Richard Mark (right) talk shop in Engineering Drawing class.
Lilly La (left) and Professor Richard Mark (right) talk shop in Engineering Drawing class.

Science seemed to be in Lilly La’s future from a young age. “I was always taking part in science competitions and I loved the technology class I took at Frazer Middle School,” La said. Today she is a junior at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central who is taking science-related classes at OCC as part of the “P-Tech” program. P-Tech 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. P-Tech students can pursue a degree in either Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Technology.

William DeJesus is a student in the Machine Tool class.
William DeJesus is a student in the Machine Tool class.

During the fall semester La is focused on Mechanical Technology. Every Monday and Wednesday she comes to the Whitney Applied Technology Center and spends the morning in Engineering Drawing class. “This is a great opportunity for a high school student,” La said. “I enjoy taking a college class and I have a good professor (Richard Mark) who I get to work one-on-one with.”

William DeJesus is also enjoying his opportunity to earn college credits at OCC. He’s in a Machine Tool class which is also part of the Mechanical Technology major. “I’ve learned a lot about time management. You have more work than you do with a high school class and you learn how to get it all done.” On Monday’s DeJesus attends lectures. On Wednesday’s students have class in a machine shop setting and practice what they’ve been learning. “It’s nice to get time working with the machines. I enjoy the opportunity to not always be in a classroom.”

In the spring semester La and Dejesus will switch classes. La and her classmates will take the Machine Tool class, DeJesus and his classmates will be in Engineering Drawing. During their senior year students from the Institute of Technology will come to campus three days a week.

All costs associated with the P-Tech program including tuition, books and fees are covered by a grant from the New York State Education Department.

Pathway to Success

Professor Bob Latham (right) is Chair of OCC's Electrical Technology and Mechanical Technology programs.
Professor Bob Latham (right) is Chair of OCC’s Electrical Technology and Mechanical Technology programs.

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.