Public-Private Partnerships Aim To Prepare Students For High-Skill Jobs

Aug 30, 2013

A recently announced New York state grant program aims to form 16 public-private partnerships to prepare students for high-skill jobs. 

Leading companies across New York in areas of manufacturing, clean technologies, healthcare, and other sectors are teaming up with high schools and community colleges in an effort to train students for the high-skill jobs in their area.

According to the Cuomo administration, the Pathways in Technology Early College High School – or P-TECH – partnerships, will provide 6,000 students across New York with a high school diploma, college degree, and a path to employment.

One such partnership recognized by the program will focus on Clean Technologies, in a partnership  between companies GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Cisco, and TRC, a K-12 regional consortium led by Ballston Spa School District, and Hudson Valley Community College.

Phillip White, Dean of Hudson Valley Community College’s School of Business and Engineering and Industrial Technologies, says the existing Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries early College High School, a partnership with the Ballston Spa School District at Hudson Valley’s TEC-SMART facility, instructs students using staff from both Ballston Spa’s Clean Technologies program and Hudson Valley.

"They're going to Hudson Valley classes and they're going into their what we could call their Clean Technology courses," said White. "It's an intensive program that weaves in some our technologies, some of our business courses, some of our english course into into their program, which is their Clean Technology program."

Each NYS P-TECH school will receive tools, training, and support from the State Education Department. The program was developed and launched through a partnership between New York State and IBM.

Stanley S. Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs at IBM and President of the IBM Foundation, said in a statement:

“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.”

Capital District, Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western NY, Central NY, Long Island and New York City will each receive support for a P-TECH school.

Phillip White of HVCC said that he hopes more young people will become interested in the technologies and other skills taught through the partnerships, and will follow paths to degrees and eventually join the workforce in their area.

P-TECH Partnerships:

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