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SWBOCES Among Recipients of P-Tech Grant

Southern Westchester BOCES is part of a regional consortium that was among 16 winners of a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that will prepare New York high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare.

The program is called Hudson Valley P-TECH High School (HV P-Tech HS), and Rockland BOCES will lead the regional consortium with a focus on K-12 Computer Information Technology, Engineering and Health & Green Building Technology. In addition to SWBOCES, public partners include Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, the North Rockland Central School District, which will serve as the lead fiscal agency, all Rockland County public school districts, several Westchester County public school districts, Rockland Community College, Westchester Community College and SUNY IT. 

Private partners include Avon, Fairway Testing, All Bright Electric, Hightech Security Systems and Wick Arborists.

A press release issued from the Governor’s office stated that pending negotiation and approval of each applicant’s budget, the winners will spend the 2013-14 school year recruiting students, building partnerships and training teachers and principals, and will enroll their first class of students in September 2014.   

The application included a funding request of $2.6 million, the maximum allowed. NYSED has informed the North Rockland Central School District, the lead fiscal agency, that 95% of the requested amount will be awarded. Awardees may also receive additional funding and support through the State Education Department. 

The public-private initiative was launched in partnership with IBM, which helped create the P-TECH program and will provide tools, training and support to each NYS P-TECH school.  

With this announcement, New York State is the first in the nation to implement a statewide “P-TECH” initiative that links education to regional economic development.


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