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Summer STEM Camp Offers Career Exploration, Leadership Skills and a Visit to AngioDynamics
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Students attending the Southern Adirondack PTECH program’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Summer Camp had the opportunity to see first-hand the process of designing, developing and manufacturing catheters and other medical devices at AngioDynamics.
Click here to read The Post-Star's coverage of their visit to AngioDynamics.
The Southern Adirondack PTECH program is a partnership between the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services (WSWHE BOCES), SUNY Adirondack and Hudson Falls, Queensbury and Saratoga Springs School Districts.
A total of 28 ninth and tenth grade students from Saratoga Springs, Hudson Falls and Queensbury who have enrolled in the Southern Adirondack PTECH program will attend the hands-on STEM summer program that will introduce them to Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology (IT) Networking.
Career Exploration will be the theme of the two weeklong (STEM) camps held at the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 20 to 24 and July 27 to 31. Students will complete a 1.0 college credit course titled: Topics in Career Exploration. In addition to the career exploration class, students will spend their mornings learning effective study skills and spend their afternoon in technical classes.
Students also participated in a leadership foundation event with Coach Rich Johns, a motivational speaker from Act with Respect Always, a “pay it forward” movement stressing the importance of one’s personal character.
While the 9th grade class at Southern Adirondack PTECH will not officially begin class until September, students are spending time at their new campus to get acquainted, learn more about the PTECH model, and begin developing the team collaboration and career focus that are among the hallmarks of a PTECH 9-14 school. Students are eligible to graduate with both a high school diploma and a no-cost associate's degree in electrical technology.
Click here to read more about The Southern Adirondack PTECH program.
The Southern Adirondack PTECH program is one of the 26 New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH) partnerships offering the innovative 9-14 model to students across New York State. The state is providing nearly 6,000 students with training for associate’s degrees at no cost, which would give students the necessary skills to obtain jobs at participating technical and manufacturing companies.
The PTECH 9 - 14 model brings together the best elements of high school, college and the professional world. With a strong focus on rigorous academics and workplace skills, Southern Adirondack PTECH enables students to begin their college and professional lives more quickly with more support than the traditional school-to-work pathway. Graduates will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in addition to their high school diploma and will leave school with the skills and knowledge needed to continue their studies or step seamlessly into competitive jobs in the advanced manufacturing and IT Networking industries.
In the PTECH program, students participate in real work experiences in which they learn teamwork and develop the skills needed for professional and personal success. Students explore various careers through internship, coaching and mentoring opportunities provided by the employer partners.
The first PTECH school created by IBM, New York City Department of Education and the City University of New York opened in 2011. President Obama, who visited PTECH in Brooklyn in 2013, has spoken frequently about the potential of the PTECH model to help ease the country's skills gap. Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched the first and largest statewide rollout of the P-TECH model with 26 schools operating in September 2015 and has announced 7 more for next year. At full enrollment, these schools will be serving close to 13,000 students.