UAlbany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) hosted the nation’s first nanotechnology-based Girls Inc. Eureka!® Program.
The Girls Inc. Eureka! program at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), the first of Girls Inc. nation-wide Eureka! programs with a focus on nanotechnology, is approaching the end of its first school year. Designed to engage under-served populations within the City of Albany, the program began in July 2012 with an initial group of 30 girls, all of whom are now 8th graders in Albany and Schenectady Public Schools.
Last summer’s launch started the program strong, with the girls participating in their first intensive summer camp experience. Volunteers from Girls Inc., CNSE and SEFCU led the participants in hands-on nanoscale education at UAlbany’s CNSE NanoTech Complex and exposed the participants to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on weekly field trips. The program is designed to bring back the same girls to participate in the camp again in the summer of 2013.
As the program goes into its third and fourth years, program staff will help the girls find paid internships with local businesses and organizations during the summer, with individualized plans and opportunities crafted to suit the needs of each student. The program will culminate with the then high school seniors taking responsibility for their futures by securing an internship, job, or summer program on their own. Continue reading →
Numerous partners from across Upstate New York came together to make this possible. More than thirty different sponsors provided funds, volunteers, and a passion for science. Sponsors included private businesses such as Corning Incorporated, community organizations such as the Syracuse Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and institutions of higher education, including Onondaga Community College. With so many sponsors working together to serve New York’s student scientists, the fair is a prime example of harnessing the power of partnerships!
The Education Pipeline is always excited to update you on what is happening around the state from our exciting and meaningful initiatives. This week we would like to re-introduce you to the SUNY Works initiative, which brings students, SUNY schools, and local employers together to create on-the-job work experience for students. SUNY Works allows students to get experience in their chosen field of study, explore different aspects of the company they are working for, and in all co-op experiences and some internships, get paid!
Last year was an exciting year for SUNY Works as nine pilot programs, launched in 2011, continued to strengthen the Co-op/internship experience by building partnerships with local businesses, expanding the offerings to students, and receiving additional funding from the Carnegie Foundation!
With the SUNY Works program growing all across New York State, you may be asking yourself, what exactly is SUNY Works? To answer that question, and fill you in on the basics, we’ve created a FAQ below that we hope will answer some questions.
Principal Rashid Davis with P-Tech student Amanda Crawford watches President Obama deliver his State of the Union Address
Here at SUNY we were excited to hear President Obama shout out a Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) during his State of the Union speech. Pathways in Technology Early College High School (or P-TECH) is a Brooklyn, NY Smart Scholars ECHS where SUNY provides coaching and technical assistance.
New York City’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School is an ECHS that offers the potential for students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in technology. Through a partnership with IBM, City University of New York, New York City Department of Education, and the New York State Education Department (NYSED), students at P-TECH earn a free Associate’s degree in applied science along with their Regents diploma and in doing so are first in line for an entry level job at IBM. At P-TECH, SUNY/EDWorks coaches provide technical assistance to staff to make sure the high standards at P-TECH apply to staff as well. By hosting professional development workshops and through in-class observation of instructional practices, they work with teachers to strengthen their cooperative teaching practices and interdisciplinary unit planning. Continue reading →
Generation SUNY is happy to share with you one of the many exciting initiatives that the Office of the Education Pipeline is working on statewide. The Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) Program brings together a powerful public/private partnership between SUNY, EDWorks, and the New York Department of Education. Through the program, higher education collaborates with public school districts or public charter schools to create Early College High School programs. These programs provide students who are traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education with the opportunity, preparation, and support to accelerate the completion of their high school studies and graduate college and career-ready.
New York’s Smart Scholars have a head start toward a college degree and a successful career. While they are in the program, students receive additional academic support from the high school/college partnerships to make sure they are at grade level and ready to participate in rigorous high school and collegiate courses. As participants of the program, our ECHS students earn an average of 20 and up to 60 transferable college credits, and earn a Regents diploma. The result is increased high school graduation and college completion rates, reduced college tuition costs for families, and reduced time to complete a college degree.