NEW HARTFORD — The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES on November 16 recognized three local business and industry partners for their commitment to educating students.
Indium Corporation’s Jim McCoy received the Individual Contribution Award for his generosity and commitment to the P-TECH OHM program. McCoy has played an important role at P-TECH OHM since its inception in 2015. He was one of the first business partners and has contributed to every single aspect of the program.
McCoy has coordinated internships and the student trainee program, and served as a mentor, guest speaker, project adjudicator, and host for job shadows and workplace tours. He does everything to support the growth of P-TECH OHM students and to contribute to the further development of the program.
Stephanie Lai of Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) received the Partnership Excellence in Higher Education Award for her support of P-TECH OHM students throughout their college curriculum. Lai acts as an advocate and partner for students who are full-time at MVCC, bridging the gap between high school and college while providing opportunities that ensure post-secondary success.
She ensures students are registered for classes and meet their graduation requirements while providing them with the same opportunities as any traditional college student. As P-TECH OHM continues to expand, Lai’s role in making sure each student gets what they need and providing valuable information to the P-TECH OHM staff is even more important.
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) received the Outstanding Business Partner Award for their generosity and commitment to educating students at P-TECH OHM. NYPA began its partnership with P-TECH OHM in early 2021 and has quickly grown into one of the strongest contributors to the program.
Over the past two summers, NYPA has offered paid internship opportunities to nine students and hosted the 2021 and 2022 Summer Bridge programs in the NYPA Energy Zone. Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, NYPA gave P-TECH OHM students the opportunity to virtually connect with other P-TECH colleagues from across the state in monthly career academy workshops focused on professional development.
The awards were presented during a meet-and-greet event in the Overlook Room at OHM BOCES. The event also recognized the nearly 100 individuals and 40 local businesses and corporations currently working with the P-TECH OHM program to provide industry challenge projects, field trips, job shadowing, internships and paid internships.
P-TECH OHM offers a unique education for students from the ninth grade upwards. Working with multiple business and educational partners, the program is designed to provide students with the skills and experience they need in technology and manufacturing to compete in a global marketplace. Students receive an associate degree, free for their families, and upon graduation will be first in line for jobs at participating companies.
P-TECH OHM currently enrolls students from the following school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Rome, Sauquoit Valley, Vernon Verona Sherrill, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.