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Early College Career Academy & Southern Adirondack PTECH

The Early College Career Academy: An Early College High School Program, is a partnership between a student's high school, SUNY Adirondack and the WSWHE BOCES. The programs begin in your junior year of high school.  


This program is a unique blend of college credited coursework and career/technical education. Students spend a half-day on the SUNY ADK campus in their junior and senior years studying in one of four programs where they are eligible to earn up to 32 college credits, (at no cost to students or families), while earning marketable industry credentials and participating in work-based learning experiences. 


ECCA provides students an opportunity to earn college credits and internationally recognized industry certifications. Students can choose to continue in one of SUNY Adirondack's degree programs, transfer their credits to another institution or gain employment.


These two-year programs offer the following pathways: 

Class Locations
The Early College Career Academy has a presence on both the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus and SUNY Adirondack Saratoga.
Queensbury Campus
640 Bay Road
Queensbury, NY  12804
SUNY Adirondack Saratoga
696 State Route 9
Wilton, NY  12831
Students who participate in the Early College Career Academy will:
  • Be dually enrolled in high school and SUNY Adirondack
  • Spend half the day taking college courses on either the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus or at SUNY Adirondack Saratoga; the other half will include Regents-level courses at the student's high school
  • Be co-taught by SUNY Adirondack professors and a WSWHE BOCES Career and Technical Education instructor
  • Be taught science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fundamentals in a connected, collaborative environment using project-based learning
  • Be provided a laptop, notebook or tablet for a 1:1 technology experience, and receive hands-on experience using state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing, computer networking and new media equipment and software programs
  • Be exposed to business plan development and operational excellence through bootcamps and Six Sigma methodologies
  • Have an opportunity to participate in work-based learning or job shadowing experiences with local business owners during college breaks

At the end of the two-year program, a successful student will have:
  • Earned nationally or internationally recognized industry certifications
  • Satisfied all requirements for a NYS Regents diploma
  • Participated in valuable work-based learning experiences
  • Earned up to 32 college credits
Application Process
There are 2 steps for applying. Students need to complete the ONLINE STUDENT application below & then your counselor will need to fill out the ONLINE counselor form below: 
Step 1. Student Application Form
Step 2. School Counselor Form
(to fill out after the student fills out their form above)
Click the "To learn more about ECCA Programs, click her to fill out the interest form" button at the top right of this webpage to fill out the form and someone will be in touch shortly.
Interested in how PTECH and ECCA works?
Here's a visual representation of the 6 year progression. 
PTECH to ECCA progression chart
Contact Information
ECCA Program
Michelle Maddalla
Principal for Innovative Programs
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