Hudson Valley P-TECH
Rockland BOCES Hudson Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) is a four to six year program (grades 9-14) focused on engaging students in hands-on, project-based learning to be successful in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Students who successfully complete the program earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree at no cost from Rockland Community College. Graduates are first in line for a job with industry partners in the growing STEM career fields.
Hudson Valley P-TECH Pathways include:
- Business Administration (Associate of Applied Science degree)
- Computer Information Systems (Associate of Science degree)
- Computer Support Specialist (Associate of Applied Science degree)
- Cyber Security (Associate of Applied Science degree)
- Engineering Science (Associate of Science degree)
- Legal Studies Through Technology (Associate of Applied Science degree)
Hudson Valley P-TECH is designed for students who want something different from their high school career. Students of all academic achievement levels are encouraged to apply. Special effort is made to recruit and support students who are considered academically and/or economically at-risk; populations that historically lack access or success in higher education.
Local businesses are encouraged to get involved to enable Hudson Valley P-TECH to prepare students for the workplace of today and tomorrow. The Business Partnership Program connects students with professionals in their pathway by providing students with work site visits, job shadowing, field experiences and more. Monthly Mentor Lounge events focus on topics to develop professional skills. Business partners also work collaboratively with teachers to design industry challenges in which students solve real-world challenges facing the industry partner.
Hudson Valley P-TECH will be getting several new engineering and computer science learning materials, thanks to a generous donation from our business partner Veolia Water New York. Veolia’s Director of New York Communications and Government Affairs Bill Madden came to Piermont on Thursday, September 28 to present a check for $10,000 to Rockland BOCES Executive Director Kim Bell, Hudson Valley P-Tech Principal Dan Kaplan, Hudson Valley P-Tech teachers Tara Horvath and Lorraine Newell and several of our P-Tech students.
This year, during their annual gala, BRIDGES honored our Rockland BOCES Hudson Valley P-TECH and seniors Nephtalie Douyon (Clarkstown Central School District, Cyber Security), Meilyn Hernandez (East Ramapo Central School District, Business Administration) and Kelly Ramos (East Ramapo, Business Administration) with the "Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office Leadership Award.” This award recognizes those in the community who are at the forefront of creating a world that values diversity and inclusion, embraces differences in others, and champions enhanced quality of life for people with disabilities, those involved with the justice system, and Veterans.
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS TAKE NOTE:
- The component district receives all funding associated with students beyond tuition for an additional two years while students complete diploma/ Associate’s degree requirements
- Tuition paid by districts (including extended year and summer program) is eligible for BOCES Aid
- Districts benefit from the two-point CCCR index (ESSA) associated with students completing P-TECH
- College tuition is included