100 students from the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) are the newest members of the P-TECH program!
They made it official during a signing ceremony, held May 23 in the Frederick Marvin and Ernst Schuh Recital Hall on the Onondaga Community College campus.
P-TECH stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The program provides high school students the opportunity to work toward their high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously, and ultimately a pathway to an in-demand job.
Participating SCSD schools and the P-TECH programs available to those students are:
- Henninger High School - Health Information Technology at OCC and Clinical Laboratory technology at SUNY Broome.
- Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (Syracuse ITC) - Electrical Technology and Mechanical Technology at OCC
- Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler - Computer Information Systems at OCC and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems at Mohawk Valley Community College.
During the signing ceremony OCC Alumna Niyogushima Nuru described how the P-TECH program changed the course of her life. She began working toward her Mechanical Technology degree while attending Syracuse ITC, received her high school diploma in June 2021, and her associate degree from OCC in December 2022. She was recently awarded a full scholarship to Clarkson University where she will pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering.
Bruno Primerano, Director of Career & Technical Education Programs for the SCSD, was the opening and closing speaker for the event. He wished students well as they prepared to begin their P-TECH journey. "We are all here to support you. We are here because we've also made a commitment to help you be as successful as we possibly can because we believe wholeheartedly in you and what your ability is."