Governor Cuomo Announces Winners of Third Round of P-TECH Partnership Awards

October 29, 2015

From the Office of Governor Cuomo

Partnerships Will Help 1,500 Students Earn Degrees and Prepare For High Skill Jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced seven winners in the third round of the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School partnership awards. These new public-private educational partnerships add an additional 1,500 students to the nearly 9,000 New York high school students from rounds one and two who are preparing for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare-related fields. 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.

“This program is transforming our education system by giving students the skills and experience they need to succeed in the competitive global workforce,” said Governor Cuomo. “These P-TECH awards are enabling our partner organizations to make a real difference in the lives of children across the state. I am proud to be supporting them and helping some of our brightest young minds prepare for the opportunities of the future.

The New York State P-TECH partnerships will provide over 10,000 students with a high school diploma, college degree and pathway to a job. With today’s announcement, New York State continues to lead the world with a total of 33 public/private partnership schools. The rapidly expanding initiative links education to regional economic development by partnering public schools with colleges and business partners to ensure that students graduate ready to enter the workforce or continue their post-secondary studies.

Modeled after the nationally-recognized IBM partnership in New York City, the schools will supply all regions with a robust talent pipeline driving local economic development.
Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries from across New York State.

The seven new partnerships are:

Central New York

1. Healthcare

  • Businesses: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Laboratory Alliance of Central NY
  • Higher Education: Onondaga Community College, Broome Community College
  • K-12: Syracuse CSD

2. Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Technology

  • Businesses: Novelis, Huhtamaki, the Fulton Company
  • Higher Education: Onondaga Community College, Broome Community College
  • K-12: Altmar-Parish-Williamstown CSD

Southern Tier

3. Manufacturing/Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Environmental Science, Sustainability

  • Businesses: Corning Incorporated, Hilliard, Cameron Mfg and Design, Hardinge, Vulcraft, Dresser-Rand, Southern Tier Custom Fabricators, Corning Hospital, Arnot Health, Chemung County Health Department, Hunt Engineers
  • Higher Education: Corning Community College
  • K-12: Elmira CSD

Mohawk Valley

4. Agricultural Science/Engineering/Business/Sustainability, Environmental Science, Fisheries and Wildlife Technology

  • Businesses: Avanti Control Systems; CG Roxane; Empire State Health Solutions; Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce; Goderie's Tree Farm; Gray's Garden & Greenhouse; Hu-Hill Farm Store; Hulten Speed Sports; Little Falls Veterinary Clinic; Randall Implements Co., Inc.; RC Enterprises; Rockview Farms; Rogers Family Orchard; Seattle Family Farms; and Wemple and Edick's
  • Higher Education: Herkimer Community College, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, SUNY Cobleskill
  • K-12: Canajoharie CSD, HFM BOCES

Long Island

5. Information Technology, Electrical Engineering

  • Businesses: Lockheed Martin and Intralogic Solutions
  • Higher Education: Nassau Community College
  • K-12: Hempstead UFSD

North Country

6. Health Care/Human Services

  • Businesses: Adirondack Health Institute; Northern Area Health Education Center; St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Education Services; North Country Workforce Development Board; Alice Hyde Medical Center; Citizens Advocates, Inc.; and multiple CBOs
  • Higher Education: North Country Community College and SUNY Canton
  • K-12: Salmon River CSD, Franklin-Hamilton-Essex BOCES

Western New York

7. Nanotechnology

  • Businesses: Technology, Engineering and Architecture Mentoring (TEAM) through the Compliance and Administrative Services of New York (CASNY) and SolarCity Inc. Foundation
  • Higher Education: Erie Community College
  • K-12: Buffalo CSD

The New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School partnership initiative was initially 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 program and is providing tools, training and support to each participating school.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, “P-TECH partnerships ensure that students finish their high school and college degrees while preparing them for some of the most competitive and sought-after jobs in New York State – all at no cost to students and their families. SUNY campuses in every region are proud to play a role in the continued growth and success of this exceptional program. Congratulations to all of the partnerships supported by this most recent round of awards.”

NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said, “Students can’t be successful without the right kind of opportunity. P-Tech provides that right kind of opportunity for thousands of students. That’s why Chancellor Tisch and the Board of Regents have supported high quality career and technical education and early college high school programs. The P-TECH model brings business, schools and colleges together to help students prepare for college and career success. And it’s working. When it comes to P-Tech, the more, the better. We should keep this program growing.”

Following New York’s lead, Connecticut, Colorado, Illinois and Rhode Island are all implementing this innovative model. Additionally, Australia also recently announced plans to pilot two schools modeled on P-TECH.

Stanley S. Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs & President, IBM International Foundation said, "P-TECH addresses America's skills crisis. It expanded rapidly from one school, which IBM helped design in Brooklyn four years ago, to over 40 open across the US, with many more opening next year. Under Governor Cuomo's strong leadership New York leads the nation and the world, connecting school to career and expanding this innovative transformation of high school. P TECH schools increase student achievement but most important, get students college degrees often while still in high school, and a ticket to high wage jobs. Governor Cuomo is providing more New York students with these opportunities, critical to their future and New York's economic success."

President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. Heather C. Briccetti said, “Congratulations to all of the winning partnerships in this third round of state P-TECH grants. The P-TECH model has proven to be an innovative and effective public-private partnership that benefits all parties, most notably, the students. With baby boomers retiring in ever greater numbers, workforce development is key for both our member companies and the state. The aging out of quality workers, coupled with the growing skills gap, is a major problem for employers. So-called STEM companies are particularly vulnerable. We must do whatever we can to ensure our students and our businesses have the tools they need to succeed in the 21st Century economy. The Business Council was behind the P-TECH model from day one and we are happy to see the state continuing its commitment to this viable education alternative.”

About the State University of New York
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