Clean Tech Early College program wins Technology Innovation Award

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BALLSTON SPA >> The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) Technology Awards selection committee recently announced the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School is a recipient of the 2015 Technology Innovation Award.

CEG is the premier economic development organization in New York’s Tech Valley and serves as the Capital Region’s designated Regional Technology Development Center.

The Clean Tech ECHS was selected in recognition of the implementation of this innovative program at TEC-SMART by the Ballston Spa Central School District in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College, NYSERDA, and more than 40 partners in business and education. In September 2015, the program will enroll almost 300 students from 25 school districts across 10 counties.

The Clean Tech ECHS was launched in September 2011 to provide an early college program to address the well-documented workforce needs of the economic development region. High school students are co-enrolled in college classes in pathways that lead to an associate’s degree in the fields of clean energy, information technology, mechatronics (semiconductor manufacturing) and entrepreneurship, decreasing the time it takes to receive a college degree and enter the workforce. The program brings together more than 40 partners in K-12 education, higher education, business, industry, government and nonprofit regional groups to fuel the region’s workforce pipeline to fill the jobs of tomorrow. In 2013, the program was recognized as a NYS P-TECH school.

“We are honored to be recognized for the work we are doing in the areas of problem-based learning and accelerating higher-education opportunities for students in the many STEM and related fields,” said Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D., superintendent of the Ballston Spa Central School District. “The support provided by our many partners across sectors is instrumental in sustaining our work as we continue to build the pathway from high school to college and the workforce.”

The annual CEG Technology Innovation Awards are an opportunity to identify and recognize innovative achievements taking place in the region, and to foster the continued growth and success of companies and entrepreneurs alike. The awards recognize the convergence and diversity of technology industries making great strides in Tech Valley.

“Hudson Valley Community College is honored to receive this award in partnership with the Ballston Spa Central School District for developing an innovative model of high-technology education that provides clear pathways to both college and 21st century careers for hundreds of high-schoolers throughout the Capital Region,” said Drew Matonak, Ed.D., president of Hudson Valley Community College.

Seven innovative award-winners will be recognized at CEG’s 19th annual Technology Innovation Awards Luncheon to be held June 25 at the Albany Marriott.

Visit the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries ECHS website at www.bscsd.org/cleantech.cfm or contact Amber Mooney, coordinator of development, Ballston Spa CSD at 884-7195, ext. 1369, or amooney@bscsd.org.