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HFM partnership wins P-TECH grant

High school students will earn college degrees and be first in line for jobs

AUGUST 28, 2013 - A consortium of HFM BOCES, its component school districts, Fulton-Montgomery Community College and 16 regional businesses is one of 16 winners in a statewide competition that will help prepare high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare. Students will earn an associate degree at no cost to their families and will be first in line for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the news Thursday, Aug. 28, saying in a press release the “groundbreaking program will give students across the state the opportunity to earn a college degree without taking on significant debt from student loans.”

HFM BOCES District Superintendent Patrick Michel said the local grant application asked for $2.7 million for the region.

“This is exciting news for our students and our communities. The grant will allow us to redesign public education in our region, providing students access to high-paying jobs and an associate’s degree from FMCC,” Dr. Michel said. “I’m so proud of the collaborative effort of our partnership, and look forward to the work ahead.”

The NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH) partnerships will provide nearly 6,000 students with a high school diploma, college degree and pathway to a job. New York is the first to take the ‘P-TECH’ program statewide through an initiative that links education to regional economic development.

NYS P-TECH was announced as part of the Governor’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget and will receive additional funding and support through the State Education Department. The public-private initiative was launched in partnership with IBM, which helped create the P-TECH program and will provide tools, training and support to each NYS P-TECH school.

According to the governor’s release, the winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council areas.

“When it comes to strengthening our schools, we know one size doesn’t fit all students. We have to innovate. That’s why Chancellor Tisch and the Board of Regents have strongly supported the expansion of high quality career and technical education and early college high school programs,” State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said.

“The P-TECH model brings business, schools and colleges together to help students prepare for college and career success. We know the P-TECH model keeps students engaged in school and learning. And we know it provides excellent career opportunities for students when they graduate.”

Pending negotiation and approval of each applicant’s budget, the winners will spend the 2013-14 school year recruiting students, building partnerships and training teachers and principals, and will enroll their first class of students in September 2014.

The BOCES partnership represents the Mohawk Valley. Other regions across the state that will receive grant money include the Capital District, Hudson Valley, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western NY, Central NY, Long Island and New York City.

The NYS P-TECH partnership builds on the nationally recognized success of IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in New York City.

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