Our local legislators, school superintendents and community businesses partners gather this morning to learn more about the STEM Academy.
The STEM Academy, which is a “pathways in technology early college high school” or P-TECH, hosted an open house at its Airport Corporate Park facility in Horseheads.
The academy was created thanks to a $3 million New York State grant. The new educational opportunity is available for select students in up to 13 school districts in the Southern Tier GST region.
“It’s hard for students to decide what they want to do in 8th grade, and if they want to be in a stem field, but the students that we found know,” Sarah Vakkas, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at GST Boces, said. “They know that they want to be in one of the three pathways: advanced technical education, healthcare and clean energy.”
The STEM Academy allows students to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in up to six years at no cost to their families. In addition, graduates will be given the opportunity for job placements with corporate mentors. There are currently 38 students enrolled in the academy.