Pathways in Technology Program to Guide Students to Careers

Published 05/16 2014 04:26PM

Updated 05/16 2014 05:14PM

A new program is linking SUNY Broome, local companies and school districts to help guide students into successful careers.

The Pathways in Technology Early College High School program is brand new. Fifty 9th grade students who are economically or academically challenged from 12 local districts will be accepted into the six year program.

Mentors from businesses including Lockheed Martin, Bothar Construction, Delta Engineering and local hospitals will work with the students for the entire time.

The goal is to have the students take accelerated classes and college credits in high school. They will also attend SUNY Broome for free to get their associates degrees.

Dawne Adams is heading up P-TECH. She believes the program can have a great impact on students, which in turn will benefit the community.

"We hope that we're going to have some wonderful students participating in the program, that we're going to spark interest in the community in terms of business partners and mentors, that we're going to keep kids in school, that we're going to build the economy of this area by providing a greatly qualified workforce," said Adams.

Students from area schools toured SUNY Broome today to see if they would like to apply to be part of P-TECH.

State funding is paying for the program.

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