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Governor Cuomo Announces Public-Private Partnerships to Prepare More Than 6,000 Students for High-Skill Jobs

High School Students will Earn College Degrees at No Cost and be First-in-Line for Jobs, New York is First State in Nation to Take ‘P-TECH’ Program Statewide with 16 New Programs

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Albany, NY - August 28, 2013 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 16 winners of 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 healthcare. 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.

“We are making sure our students are more prepared for life after graduation by linking our the skills we teach in the classroom with the needs of 21st century employers,” Governor Cuomo said. “This groundbreaking program will give students across the state the opportunity to earn a college degree without taking on significant debt from student loans while also starting on a pathway to a good-paying job when they graduate. These public-private partnerships are a model for success for our students, our employers and our regional economies.”


The NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH) partnerships will provide nearly 6,000 students with a high school diploma, college degree and pathway to a job. With today’s announcement, New York State is the first in the nation to implement a statewide “P-TECH” initiative that links education to regional economic development.


NYS P-TECH was 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 P-TECH program and will provide tools, training and support to each NYS P-TECH school.


Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council areas.


The 16 NYS P-TECH partnerships are:


Capital Region


  • Manufacturing – Business: GLOBALFOUNDRIES
    • Higher Education: SUNY Adirondack
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES with fiscal lead Hudson Falls School District
  • Clean Technologies – Businesses: GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Cisco and TRC
    • Higher Education: Hudson Valley Community College
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Ballston Spa School District
  • Advanced Manufacturing – Businesses: Center for Economic Growth, GE Health Care and Regeneron
    • Higher Education: Hudson Valley Community College
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Questar III BOCES with fiscal lead Troy City School District

Central New York


  • Manufacturing – Businesses: Manufacturers Association of Central New York
    • Higher Education: Onondaga Community College
    • K-12: Syracuse City School District

Finger Lakes


  • Agri-Business & Advanced Manufacturing – Businesses: Genesee County Economic Development Center
    • Higher Education: Genesee Community College
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Genesee Valley Educational Partnership with fiscal lead Byron-Bergen Central School District
  • Computer Systems Technology & Computer Information Systems – Businesses: Regional consortium led by Wegmans Food Markets
    • Higher Education: Monroe Community College
    • K-12: Rochester City School District


Hudson Valley


  • Information Technology – Business: IBM
    • Higher Education: SUNY Orange
    • K-12: Newburgh Enlarged City School District
  • Computer Information Technology, Engineering and Health & Green Building Technology – Businesses: Avon, Fairway Testing, All Bright Electric, Hightech Security Services and Wick Arborists
    • Higher Education: Rockland Community College, Westchester Community College and SUNY IT
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Rockland BOCES with fiscal lead North Rockland Central School District
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) – Businesses: Hudson Valley Council of Industry
    • Higher Education: Ulster Community College, Dutchess Community College, Orange Community College, Sullivan Community College and SUNY New Paltz
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Ulster BOCES with fiscal lead Kingston City School District
  • Architecture – Businesses: Fuller D’Angelo and Yonkers Workforce Investment Board
    • Higher Education: Westchester Community College
    • K-12: Yonkers Public Schools

Long Island


  • Mechanical Engineering – Business: Arkwin Industries
    • Higher Education: Farmingdale State College
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Uniondale Union Free School District


Mohawk Valley


  • Manufacturing – Businesses: 16 regional companies
    • Higher Education: Fulton-Montgomery Community College
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES with fiscal lead Gloversville Enlarged City School District

New York City


  • Information Technology – Business: SAP
    • Higher Education: CUNY
    • K-12: New York City Department of Education

North Country


  • Manufacturing – Businesses: ETS, Fujitsu, Bombardier, Nova Bus, Spencer ARL, Swarovski and Camoplast.
    • Higher Education: Clinton Community College and Clarkson University
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Peru Central School District


Southern Tier


  • Health-Tech & Manufacturing – Businesses: Lockheed Martin MS2, Rockwell-Collins, Delta Engineers, Architect & Land Surveyors, P.C., Bothar Construction, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc., and United Health Services Hospitals, Inc.
    • Higher Education: Broome Community College
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Binghamton City School District

Western New York


  • Health Care – Business: Catholic Health System
    • Higher Education: Trocaire College
    • K-12: Regional consortium led by Lackawanna City School District


State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said, “When it comes to strengthening our schools, we know one size doesn’t fit all students. We have to innovate. That’s why Chancellor Tisch and the Board of Regents have strongly supported the expansion of 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. We know the P-TECH model keeps students engaged in school and learning. And we know it provides excellent career opportunities for students when they graduate.”


Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs at IBM and President of the IBM Foundation, said, “This extraordinary replication of P-TECH throughout the 10 economic development regions sets New York apart as the first state to ensure that rigorous academics in these schools are directly linked to great careers. With 14 million ‘middle skills’ jobs predicted in the next decade, P-TECH will help foster the talent and skills required to advance the state and national economy. We trust that other states will follow New York’s lead.”


Heather C. Briccetti, President and CEO of the Business Council of New York State said, “NYS P-TECH offers an innovative approach to equip today’s students with the skills they’ll need to succeed. A highly skilled workforce is a critical element in local economic development. The Business Council and our members are pleased to be partners at the state level and in each local collaboration. We are eager to roll up our sleeves and start planning these new schools.”


Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York said, “NYS P-TECH is an innovative program that connects high school, college, and the world of work, all aligned through a single challenging curriculum that keeps students focused, engaged, and excited. I congratulate Governor Cuomo on his vision in scaling up this exemplary program to have a statewide presence with at least one P-TECH in every region of the State and I am proud that SUNY has been selected to participate in so many of these vital partnerships.”


William P. Kelly, Interim Chancellor of the City University of New York said, “We commend Governor Cuomo for his continuing commitment to expand collegiate opportunities for deserving high school students through the judicious expansion of early college high schools. We are particularly encouraged by the emphasis on the P-TECH model, which appropriately connects universities, school districts, and employers.”


Pending negotiation and approval of each applicant’s budget, the winners will spend the 2013-14 school year recruiting students, building partnerships and training teachers and principals, and will enroll their first class of students in September 2014.


The NYS P-TECH partnership builds on the nationally recognized success of IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in New York City.