New York State Senator Betty Little encouraged the students of the Early College High School to take advantage of the growing opportunities in the field of advanced manufacturing during a visit there on Thursday.
“You are one of our greatest assets,” said the state senator to the high school juniors enrolled in the Career and Technical Education Early College High School program. “We want you to stay in the area and fill the good paying jobs that we have here. Companies want to attract people like you.”
During her visit to the classroom, on the campus of SUNY Adirondack, Senator Little was given a tour of the tools the students have access to, including a three-D printer on which the students are designing chess pieces. Teacher Gage Simpson also described the two-year program, which provides students with advanced manufacturing training and matriculation in the college’s math and science courses.
Currently open to students in Hudson Falls, Queensbury and Saratoga Springs, students can earn up to 28 college credits and four industry certifications by the end of their senior year. They will also have a chance to intern or job shadow with the program’s industry partners including Global Foundries, Philips Health and Irving Tissue.
She then talked to the class about what the state is doing to help the region’s manufacturing companies. She followed up her brief talk by asking each of them to tell her what they liked about the advanced manufacturing program. Students said they enjoyed the challenge, the hands-on learning and the college experience. Students also appreciated the chance to earn free college credit and certifications before high school graduation.
Senator Little said she was impressed by the students’ enthusiasm for advanced manufacturing and the Early College High School.
“Sometimes, you ask students why they like a program and they don’t have a lot to say,” she said. “But these students obviously care and are involved in what they are doing. This is a great program and I’m so happy I had a chance to see it.”