Tech students tour manufacturing facilities

MALTA – Students from the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School recently participated in a series of regional manufacturing tours and activities with industry partners as part of National Manufacturing Month.

Throughout the first week of October, juniors participated in tours across the region, including RASP Inc., located in Gansevoort, to learn about industrial controls manufacturing; Greno Industries in Schenectady to learn about the manufacturing process of machined parts including CNC precision machining; and P1 Package One Industries in Schenectady to learn about advanced manufacturing, design and engineering.

The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) and the Clean Tech ECHS partnered on a manufacturing industry challenge that was presented to 11th and 12th grade students on October 3.

CEG kicked off the event with a presentation about recycling and refining waste material in manufacturing, and challenged students to identify solutions for local manufacturers to utilize.

Following the presentation, students investigated and developed solutions for reusing food and glass materials. Some students will continue to develop solutions as part of their Capstone Projects and will present them at the 11th and 12th Grade Student Project Exhibition to parents, business partners and civic leaders later this semester.

The Clean Tech ECHS was developed in 2011 by the Ballston Spa Central School District in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The program continues to leverage its relationship with more than 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 has grown regionally from serving 25 students in two school districts, to now serving more than 260 students from across 19 school districts in 10 counties. Students in the program earn up to 30 college credits from HVCC in this ECHS model.

Students have the option to explore one of four career pathways including Clean Energy, Computer Science & Information Systems, Mechatronics, and Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Innovation.

National Manufacturing Day expands knowledge and improves public perception about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is.

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Manufacturing Week is an extension of National Manufacturing Day and is designed to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing, careers in manufacturing and the value of manufacturing on our local economy.

For more information about the Clean Tech ECHS, visit cleanTech.cfm or contact ECHS Coordinator Adrienne Snow at [email protected] or 518-321-7274.

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