P-TECH Profile: Pathway to a Degree
Published on 1/2/19
District News ITC
This story was provided courtesy of Roger Mirabito, Communications Coordinator at Onondaga Community College.
Imari Gary, Mike Lloyd and Quintin Shanes share similar stories. All three were introduced to their career paths by the P-Tech program. P-Tech stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. All three students began taking P-Tech related classes at Onondaga Community College during their junior year of high school. When they graduated from the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central in June 2018 they had amassed so many college credits it would take them just one year to earn an associate degree from OCC. In May they will walk across the stage at the SRC Arena and receive their Electrical Technology degrees. “The P-Tech program is challenging and it’s worth doing,” said Shanes. “It saves money and it saves time.” All costs associated with the P-Tech program including tuition, books and fees are covered by a grant from the New York State Education Department.
The thought of taking college classes before you are college-aged can seem intimidating. Imari Gary said the professors at OCC made the transition seamless. “When we started coming to campus they were all extremely helpful. They knew we were high school students and steered us in the right direction.” A year from now Gary plans to be at the Rochester Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Technology.
Besides being a full time student Mike Lloyd also works at Carrier as a lab technician. He’s hoping his position there will become full time after he earns his degree from OCC. “I’m definitely glad I did this program. My parents picked it for me. I wasn’t on board with it at first but now I really like it.”
By contrast, Quentin Shanes seemed destined for Electrical Technology. His father is an engineer and his brother has an Electrical Engineering degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Shanes plans to transfer to Syracuse University next fall and pursue his bachelor’s degree. How can a middle school student know if P-Tech and Electrical Technology is for him or her? Shanes has the answer. “If you’re curious and want to know how things work like your phone or something in your house, engineering is the way to answer those questions. In P-tech you can surround yourself with people who have an ‘I want to be better mindset’ and never settle.”
To learn more about P-TECH programs offered in the SCSD, please click here to hear from students and staff directly with FAQs about the program. You can also learn more in this feature on former ITC student William DeJesus!