Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School in Ballston Spa graduating class
The Office of Early College Initiatives is proud to report that 98% of our Smart Scholars students are on track to graduate from high school this year. A staple function of the Smart Scholars program is that hard-working students can earn up to 60 transferrable college credits before they graduate high school.
To celebrate our graduating Smart Scholars, we highlight an inaugural graduation class, a Gates Millennium Scholar and an ECHS program that reports a graduation rate about one-third higher than the district’s rate.
In news that will encourage bright, hardworking students to attend SUNY colleges in the future, the Smart Scholars Early College High School program at Farmingdale State College has received a grant from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).
The Smart Scholars program will receive a HESC College Tour Initiative grant that will allow 100 students to visit SUNY colleges this summer for an immersive college experience. The initiative provides low-income New York State high school students with the opportunity to experience college first-hand by eliminating the financial burden and costs associated with college campus visits.
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.