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73 Students Complete Early College Career Academy
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The Early College Career Academy (ECCA), a partnership program between SUNY Adirondack and the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton Essex BOCES, held its Completion Ceremony at the SUNY-Adirondack Queensbury campus on Friday, June 15. 73 students from 14 school districts were recognized in the company of family members, WSWHE BOCES and SUNY Adirondack staff and faculty, BOCES Board of Education members, special guest speakers and honored award presenters.
This was the fifth class to complete this unique program that provides students with focused studies in the fields of Advanced Manufacturing, IT Computer Networking, New Media or Business Entrepreneurship. Students in the programs are exposed to the latest technologies used in these industries, earn industry-recognized certifications, and participate in work-based learning activities that include job shadowing, being mentored by an industry expert and real-world industry challenge projects. In addition to acquiring job skills and industry knowledge, students also earn college credits toward an Associate Degree in Applied Science, while still in high school.
One student in the ECCA Class of 2019 will be joining the US Air Force, others will enter the workforce or technical training, and the remainder of the class will continue their studies in engineering, science, new media or business at Canisius College, Clarkson University, The College of Saint Rose, Hartwick College, Hudson Valley Community College, Ithaca College, Le Moyne College, Rensselaer Polytech Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Siena College, Southern Maine Community College, SUNY Adirondack, SUNY Albany, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Purchase, Utica College
Hudson Falls Central School District Superintendent Linda Goewey gave the opening address. “We know students who earn college credits early finish their college degrees on time,” said Goewey.
Goewey said that she hears from industry professionals that there aren’t enough skilled workers in the programs that ECCA students just finished. “Your programs have prepared you to apply the skills you have learned. You are one step ahead of many,” added Goewey.
Guest speaker and Head of Philanthropy at Fingerpaint Bo Goliber also addressed the students. Goliber spoke about the creative process during an industry challenge to assist Caffe Lena on their TrueSongs project. “These students blew me out of the water with their poise, presentational skills, and professionalism.”
She said that the students she worked with at the high school level were comparable to college interns. They have some real-life experience. “You are well prepared as you enter the business world,” she told all of the students.
Four student speakers were chosen by their classmates –Shawn Miller (Hudson Falls CSD), Austin Montello (Glens Falls CSD), Andrew Crawford (Queensbury) and Brooke Macica (Stillwater CSD) all spoke about the experiences, life-long knowledge and friendships they gained from the program. A Citizenship Award, a Leadership Award, and a Student Choice Award were presented to a student from each class.
Four Maureen VanBuren Memorial Scholarships were also awarded. Maureen VanBuren Memorial Scholarship Winners with the VanBuren Family - Shawn Miller (Hudson Falls CSD), Andrew Crawford (Queensbury UFSD), Austin Montello (Glens Falls CSD), Benjamin Lemery (Queensbury UFSD) each received a $500 scholarship for the “passion they have demonstrated to their field of study and their plan to further their education through college or technical school.” The scholarship is named after the late Maureen VanBuren, who was the Special Projects administrator for ECCA.