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Early College Career Academy Recognizes 2017 Completers

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Early College Career Academy Recognizes 2017 Completers

Advanced Manufacturing Class of 2017

The Early College Career Academy: Early College High School Program (ECCA), a partnership program between SUNY Adirondack and the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton Essex BOCES, held its Completion Ceremony at the SUNY-Adirondack Queensbury campus on Monday, June 12.  Twenty-five students from 11 school districts were recognized in the company of family members, WSWHE BOCES and SUNY-Adirondack staff and faculty, BOCES Board of Education members, special guest speakers and honored award presenters.

This was the third class to complete this unique program that provides students with focused studies in the fields of Advanced Manufacturing, IT Computer Networking or New Media.  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, while still in high school. 

Two students in the ECCA Class of 2017 will be joining the US Army, the remainder of the class will continue their studies in engineering, science or new media at SUNY-Adirondack, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Canton, Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Salve Regina University, and SUNY Buffalo.

In addition to the opening address by Saratoga Springs Superintendent Michael Piccirillo, guest speaker Peggy Murphy, Director of Human Resources at Espey Manufacturing & Electronics addressed the students.  Ms. Murphy spoke about how working with the students through industry challenge events brings fresh eyes and different perspectives to projects that Espey is working on. This portion of the program culminated in the awarding of Espey Scholarships to two students – Jonathan Luse from Saratoga Springs High School and Zachary Scheid from Queensbury High School – whose industry challenge solution was adopted and manufactured for the US Army.

Two student speakers chosen by their classmates – Brittney Anderson and Trent DeLor, both from Schuylerville High School - spoke about the experiences, life-long knowledge and friendships they gained from the program.

In addition to being honored for completing the program, the following awards were presented:

  • Madeline Peppin and Brittney Anderson received the Citizenship Award, which recognizes positive attitude, good character and participation in community activities and service.
  • Benjamin Jenks and Jonathan Luse received the Leadership Award for their leadership achievements and conscientious attention to their studies.
  • Jack Bolan and Brittney Anderson were presented with Student Choice Award, which is peer selected, recognizing class spirit and camaraderie, outstanding teamwork and dedication to achieving their personal best.

Two Maureen Van Buren Memorial Scholarships were also awarded.  Conor Gagliardi from Waterford-Halfmoon High School and Ryan Gilman from Whitehall High School each received a $1,000 scholarship for the “passion they have demonstrated to their field of study and their plan to further their education through college or technical school.”  The scholarship is named after the late Maureen Van Buren, who was the Special Projects administrator for ECCA. 

IT Computer Networking Class of 2017 with their instructors

New Media student with instructors

Van Buren family with Van Buren scholarship recipients Ryan Gilman, Conor Gagliardi