Students from a new career-based high school were excited to put gold shovels into the dirt and break ground on their new school on Wednesday.
The rain held off on May 29th as administrators from Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, Springville-Griffith Institute Central School and Alfred State SUNY College of Technology joined CAM P-TECH students to break ground on their new facility.
Careers in Advanced Manufacturing Pathways in Technology Early College High School (CAM P-TECH) is a program for high school students interested in pursuing an associate degree in Computer Information Systems, Electrical Construction or Maintenance Electrician from Alfred State SUNY College of Technology. Students enroll in the program at the end of their eighth-grade year and start the school as freshmen.
“Today, we’re not just breaking ground on a new, state-of-the-art facility,” said David O’Rourke, Ph. D., E2CCB District Superintendent. “We’re setting the stage for and providing students with an opportunity to pursue careers in high-demand fields. Our partners have worked with us to bring this program to life for students and employees in the region. We are extremely grateful to everyone who said ‘yes’ to collaboration and being a part of this work.”
Currently housed in the Springville-Griffith Institute High School, CAM P-TECH provides students with a unique blend of project-based learning and industry experience. In partnership with Springville-Griffith Institute and Alfred State, students who complete the CAM P-TECH program will secure a NYS Regents Diploma and an associate degree with no out-of-pocket expense to families.
“The need is tremendous,” said Dave Kostick, Alfred State program coordinator for extended learning. “Our student placement rate is 99 percent and has been for nearly 10 years at Alfred State for skilled trades. The demand is there, the need is there. The students will have viable jobs and huge opportunities in front of them.”
The future CAM P-TECH home, located at 307 Newman Street, Springville, is the former Springville-Griffith District Office. The building will be renovated and double in size with CAM P-TECH pathways in mind and will include designated computer information labs and electrical work stations for students.
“We’re incredibly proud to have CAM P-TECH in Springville,” said Kimberly Moritz, Springville-Griffith Institute Central School superintendent. “CAM P-TECH will benefit our students and students from surrounding school districts. Some of the students who will graduate from this program may not have otherwise considered higher education after high school. The prospect of giving students this opportunity and being an integral part of the process is a exciting and meaningful. I am grateful to everyone in our community who has supported this program and helped bring it to life.”
The new CAM P-TECH facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.
Eighth-grade students who attend school in northern Chautauqua or Erie counties interested in enrolling for the 2019-20 school year can contact CAM P-TECH Supervisor of Instructional Programs Paula Ferneza at 592-3235. Tours and student shadow opportunities are available as well. For more information, visit www.e2ccb.org or www.p-tech.org.