Rockland BOCES has received approval from the New York State Education Department to expand its cyber security offerings to help meet future industry needs. Starting now, Hudson Valley P-TECH will join the Rockland BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) in preparing high school students for undergraduate studies and/or careers in advanced computer forensics, cyber crime and fraud investigation, cyber security technologies and cyber network defense.

The new Cyber Security Pathway at Hudson Valley P-TECH will provide students with the technical skills leading to a rewarding future in information technology. With the knowledge and skills in computer and network security, ethical hacking, computer forensics, data networking and computer hardware and support, graduates can expect to work as entry-level network security technicians and engineers or computer support technicians.

Rockland BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charlene Jordan said, “We are proud to work in partnership with Rockland Community College and the Rockland Business Association to expand our cyber security offerings to Hudson Valley P-TECH. We look forward to producing the next generation of cyber security professionals, who are not only experts, but leaders in the digital age.”

Rockland Business Association President/CEO Al Samuels said, “Surveys estimate that by 2020, there will be more than 1.5 million cyber security positions left unfilled. This is exactly the kind of program Rockland County needs to attract companies in this fast-growing sector. The new Hudson Valley P-TECH Cyber Security Pathway will provide students with the latest skills and certifications necessary to enter the workforce upon graduation.”

Rockland BOCES Hudson Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Piermont 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 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.

Hudson Valley P-TECH Pathways include:

  • Computer Information Technology (Associate of Science degree)
  • Engineering (Associate of Science degree)
  • Green Building Technology & Management (Associate of Applied Science degree)
  • Cyber Security (Associate in Applied Science degree)

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.

Rockland BOCES CTEC in West Nyack launched Rockland County’s first Cyber Security program for high school juniors and seniors in September 2016.

Canvasing is now underway for P-TECH applicants for the September 2019 freshman class.