BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District has been designated as a “District of Distinction” by the nationwide District Administration (DA) publication, the most read resource in K-12 education, for its work advancing the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School (Clean Tech ECHS).
Districts of Distinction is DA’s national recognition program honoring school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work. The program recognizes established initiatives that are yielding real results and that can be replicated by other school districts.
Ballston Spa Central School District, along with its higher education and business partners, operates the Clean Tech ECHS. The mission of the program is to develop and support pathways to higher education that lead to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields through rigorous academic programming and a collaborative approach to learning. It provides high school students an opportunity to work towards an Associate’s Degree while preparing them to transition into key industry sectors with employers in our region.
“This award recognizes the hard work of our faculty, staff and partners at Hudson Valley Community College who are in the classrooms every day managing and implementing this unique program,” said Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D., Superintendent, Ballston Spa Central School District. Further, “We greatly appreciate the support of all of our partners across all sectors that help make this program possible.”
The Clean Tech ECHS was developed in 2011 by the Ballston Spa School district in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The program leverages its relationship with over 45 leaders in business and industry, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the State University of New York (SUNY) and HVCC to provide authentic learning experiences for students. The program was designated as a NYS P-TECH school in 2013.
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