CNY Partnership Wins Statewide P-Tech Grant

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The Syracuse City School District is one of 16 winners in a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and health care.  The school district, the Manufacturers Association (MACNY) and Onondaga Community College (OCC) have partnered and are the Central New York winners of the NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH) grant. The partnership will focus on advanced manufacturing and will impact more than 50 students each year for 6 years. The grant is valued at $2.8 million over seven years.
The partnership between SCSD, OCC and MACNY creates a bridge between secondary and post-secondary education and business. SCSD and OCC are working together on the curriculum for the program, with input from many CNY manufacturers who will serve in advisory roles. MACNY, having participated in workforce development initiatives through its affiliate Partners for Education & Business (PEB), is charged with assisting in the development of mentoring programs, job shadowing, career fairs and internships to support the P-TECH mission. The goal is to create a seamless pathway from high school to college to employment, utilizing curricula aligned with industry need. 
“The Syracuse City School District is proud to be partnering with Onondaga Community College and the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) to further prepare our students for success in college and career.  The growth of the Career and Technical Education program is a priority in the district as we continue to offer a curriculum that is innovative, engaging and challenging for all students.  This P-Tech grant provides another pathway for our students to pursue college credit while in high school and lays the groundwork for degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Technology and a career in advanced manufacturing,” noted Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras. 
P-TECH will offer a 6-year integrated high school and college curriculum for grades 9-14 that focuses on advanced manufacturing pathways and the acquisition of essential workplace skills. P-TECH students will graduate with a NYS Regents Diploma or a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation and a Technical Endorsement, a no-cost Associate in Applied Science degree from OCC in Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Technology, and the skills and knowledge required to obtain well-paying, high potential jobs in advanced manufacturing.  An additional benefit for students will be the alignment with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Skills Certification System. Not only will these students graduate with a Regents diploma and an Associate degree, they will also have a nationally recognized credential that will benefit them when looking to transition from the classroom to the workforce.