Our programs prepare you for jobs that employers are trying to fill — both locally and nationally. While many young people are finding it difficult to move forward with their careers, CTE graduates find themselves in demand.

Early College Career Academy



The Early College Career Academy: An Early College High School Program, is a partnership between SUNY Adirondack and the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES.

Students are eligible to earn between 27 and 32 college credits, at no cost to the student, while earning marketable industry credentials and participating in an internship experience.  

These two-year programs begin in your junior year:

The Early College Career Academy is designed to:

  • Connect high school academics to the higher expectations of college academics
  • Link academic coursework with careers
  • Develop career pathways from high school through college to jobs in in-demand industries
  • Increase exposure to math and science through areas of student interest
  • Assist students who may not otherwise attend college in obtaining college credits
  • Challenge students to be College and Career Ready

Students in the programs are exposed to the latest technologies used in these industries, earn industry recognized certifications, and participate in work-based learning activities that include job shadowing, being mentored by an industry expert and real-world industry challenge projects. In addition to acquiring job skills and industry knowledge, students also earn college credits toward an Associate Degree in Applied Science, an Associate Degree in Science, or a SUNY Adirondack Certificate.

Students who participate in the Early College Career Academy will:

  • be dually enrolled in high school and SUNY Adirondack as non-matriculated students.
  • spend half of the day taking college courses on either the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus or at the SUNY Adirondack Wilton Center; the other half will include Regents level courses at the student's high school.
  • be co-taught by SUNY Adirondack professors and a WSWHE BOCES Career and Technical Education instructor.
  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fundamentals will be taught in a connected, collaborative environment using project-based learning.
  • be provided with a laptop, notebook, or tablet for a 1:1 technology experience. receive hands-on experience using state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing, computer networking and new media equipment and software programs.
  • Students in the business program will be exposed to business plan development and operational excellence.
  • have the opportunity to participate in work-based learning or job shadowing experiences with local business owners during college breaks.

At the end of the two year program, a successful student will have:

  • earned nationally recognized industry certifications.
  • satisfied all requirements for a NYS Regents Diploma.
  • participated in valuable work-based learning experiences.
  • earned up to 32 college credits.

For more information related to Career Opportunities, please visit: CareerZone and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics


Recent News and Events

Class of 2017 Completion Ceremony - 25 students were recognized on June 12, 2017.  See the list of students and photos in the ECCA Class of 2017 file below!

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