Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ballston Spa: Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School Program Holds Business Breakfast

The Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School program, a New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School Program, hosted a Business and Education Breakfast Nov. 5 at Hudson Valley Community College’s Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies.

Area business leaders and professionals were invited for a complimentary breakfast to learn how to get involved with this innovative education model that directly connects area students to workforce experience. There was an opportunity to hear from current business partners about how they are involved and also a student project exhibition demonstrating firsthand the work the students are doing in the four pathways of clean energy; computer information systems, entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership, and nanotechnology/mechatronics. These interactions with the business community are not only informative, but also beneficial to the students, giving them an authentic audience to view their work and an opportunity to secure feedback.

Speakers included Mike Ladd of Cisco, a New York state education client executive; Paul W. Loomis, Gilbane Building Co. controller; Nicolle Monast, manager of educational initiatives at CAPCOM Federal Credit Union; and Todd Shimkus, president of Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.

Launched in the 2011-2012 school year in collaboration with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Hudson Valley Community College, the The Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School program provides current high school students with opportunities to develop college and career-readiness skills and to pursue college coursework. The program currently enrolls 203 students from 21 school districts throughout the region.

--Jennie Grey

--Please note my new contact information below--

Education reporter
The Saratogian and The Record newspapers
20 Lake Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Office: 518-290-3898
Work cell: 518-222-2109

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