Governor Hochul Announces $31.5 Million Awarded for New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School Program

July 12, 2023

Twelve Awardees to Use Funding to Prepare New York Students for High-Skill Technology, Health Care, Finance, and Manufacturing Jobs

Program Combines High School, College, and Career Training, Focused on Academically and Economically At-Risk Students

Students to Receive Ongoing Mentorship by Professionals in Chosen Career Sector

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $31.5 million in funding for the New York State Pathways in Technology program that will prepare thousands of New York students for high-skill jobs of the future in technology, manufacturing, health care, and finance. This investment funds regional partnerships that respond to the greatest need for enhanced access to post-secondary opportunities primarily for academically and economically at-risk students and works to strengthen the pipeline between local talent and industries with a favorable job outlook. Each partnership will include K-12, higher education, and business/employer partners.

"Early workforce development and career mentorship allows students to discover their passions and talents, develop their skills and build relationships with mentors who can guide them on their career journey and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow," Governor Hochul said. "This program will help ensure thousands of New York students can reach their full potential and gives employers access to a large pool of talent that can bring their enterprises to the next level."

The New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH) Program incorporates an integrated program between 4 and 6 years in duration that combines high school, college, and career training. The program is a public-private partnership designed to provide students with mentorship and opportunities to learn through worksite visits, speakers, and internships.

Students are eligible to receive an Associate degree in a high-tech field and are first in line for a job with participating business partners following completion of the program. Through these programs of study in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand career areas, students will be able to earn transcript college credit toward an Associate degree. Career pathways begin in grade nine and include workplace learning and high school and college coursework. The pathway provides a seamless sequence of study extending through two years of postsecondary career and technical education which culminates in an Associate degree.

Awardees include:   
  • Schenectady CSD - $2,700,000 in partnership with SUNY Schenectady County Community College, the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, and Ellis Medicine
  • Syracuse CSD - $2,700,000 in partnership with SUNY Onondaga Community College and Micron Technology
  • Dutchess BOCES - $2,950,000 in partnership with SUNY Dutchess Community College and The Council of Industry
  • Niagara Falls CSD - $2,308,983 in partnership with SUNY Niagara County Community College, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, and M&T Bank
  • North Tonawanda CSD - $2,313,738 in partnership with SUNY Niagara County Community College and Ingram Micro
  • Madison-Oneida BOCES - $2,850,000 in partnership with SUNY Mohawk Valley Community College and MACNY
  • Yonkers CSD - $2,700,000 in partnership with SUNY Westchester Community College, Computer Corporate Solutions, Groundwork Hudson Valley Incorporated, and the Department of Information Technology for the City of Yonkers
  • Peekskill CSD - $2,700,000 in partnership with SUNY Westchester Community College, Open Door Family Medical Center, Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corps., Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps., and Sun River Health
  • NYC Public Schools - HS for Innovation in Advertising & Media - $2,656,158 in partnership with City Tech: NYC College of Technology and the American Association of Advertising Agencies
  • NYC Public Schools - Urban Assembly for Emergency Management - $2,467,640 in partnership with CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College and Northwell Health
  • NYC Public Schools - Urban Assembly New York Harbor School - $2,588,895 in partnership with SUNY Maritime College and the Billion Oyster Project
  • Brewster CSD - $2,564,586 in partnership with SUNY Westchester Community College and the Brewster Chamber of Commerce

Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jrsaid, "The state's P-TECH program provides students with opportunities to apply their learning in a field of interest. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have earned college credit and engaged in career exploration. They are prepared to enter the workforce or continue their education in high-demand and high-paying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This funding will further support 21st century learning and beyond by strengthening the partnerships with high schools, colleges, and career development opportunities."

New York State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa said, "Strong partnerships and collaboration between our schools, colleges, and employers are essential to enhancing access to post-secondary opportunities for students in regions with the greatest need. The P-TECH program supports our efforts to advance educational equity by providing students with the opportunity to graduate high school with the skills and knowledge they need for careers in STEM and to earn college credits at no cost. Dual enrollment programs like P-Tech and Early College High Schools provide students with a high-quality education, experience in post-secondary learning, career exploration, and the opportunity to earn college credit."

SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. said, "P-TECH brings together K-12, higher education, and employer partners to create economic opportunity for first-generation college hopefuls and other underrepresented students across New York State. During my campus visits at P-TECH's 28 SUNY college partners, I was able to see firsthand the impact of preparing students for degrees and jobs in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, cybersecurity, and IT—fields that lead to well paying, in-demand careers. I applaud Governor Kathy Hochul for investing in our future generation's success."

CUNY Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez said, "CUNY is proud to have helped originate New York State's P-Tech Program, which puts high school students on an uninterrupted pathway to a low-cost associate degree and a sustainable career in a high-demand field. We thank Governor Hochul for this added investment in a program that is spurring economic growth for New York and preparing students for promising careers, improving their socioeconomic mobility and helping CUNY to fulfill its historical mission."   

SUNY Board of Trustees Member Stan Litow, "Data shows that those entering the workforce with a college degree earn more than a million dollars in lifetime earnings compared to those with only a high school diploma. P-TECH success is clear. It began in New York State, offering a clear pathway from school, to college, and to career. Based on its documented success, it has spread across New York and 14 states and 28 countries, offering tens of thousands of students the skills and education needed for career success. My thanks to Governor Hochul for her commitment to P-TECH, my fellow Board of Trustees and Chancellor King, and the SUNY campuses that participate in this program."

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