Smart Scholars

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Funded by a grant through the New York State Education Department in conjunction with the Syracuse City School District and Onondaga Community College (OCC), high school students at Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (ITC) are eligible to take classes on campus at OCC. The program has been implemented to help students accelerate the completion of their high school requirements while earning college credits simultaneously. Students at ITC are taking classes on a part-time basis while still enrolled in high school. Students can take classes free of charge with the cost of their textbooks covered as well.

Students are expected to attend classes regularly, display maturity and responsibility, and complete their work just like every other OCC student. Students who participate in the Smart Scholars program have the opportunity to fulfill elective and general education requirements early which can decrease the number of semesters needed to complete their Associate’s degree at OCC and transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce.

To Apply:

  • Juniors are eligible; preference given to seniors because they are expected to have completed the majority of their high school requirements
  • Interested students should take the placement test in the spring of their sophomore year
  • Interested students must complete the Smart Scholars Application and provide a one-page essay
  • Students can take up to 4 classes (12 credits) per semester

Contact Us

Josh Joshua A. Martin - Early College High School Coordinator
Gordon Student Center - G220 
(315) 498-2782
martijo@sunyocc.edu