Education professionals and members of the business community, led by the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis, recently toured the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy (HVPA) at Ulster BOCES. The group, which has visited HVPA in the past, returned to gain a deeper understanding of the HVPA model. The group hopes to launch P-Tech-like schools in various Indiana school districts.
The Indiana visitors were introduced to how the students experience real-work situations by participating in industry challenges (real-world workplace scenarios for students to solve), which are made possible through strong partnerships with local manufacturers. During the visit, a representative from manufacturer Schatz Bearing Company listened attentively as students pitched suggestions for improving hiring and recruitment efforts. HVPA students also made a business presentation to FALA Technologies, Inc. about how to find potential markets for a hydro-powered turbine.
CELL members admire what’s being done at the HVPA. “This is a partnership between school and community to find a way to get our kids engaged in school and in the community and keep them here,” said Bedford North Lawrence High School Principal Todd Tanksley. “A lot of our students go on to community college and move on. We’re proud of our community and we want them to stay and raise a family and have a well-populated and educated community.”
The P-TECH model is comprised of a six-year pathway of study that leads to earning an associates degree and workforce readiness skills that put graduates first in line for available positions with industry partners. At the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, secondary educators, colleges, and industry leaders work together to build a program of study that will ensure student success through this educational journey.