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Fifty Five Students Complete the Early College Career Academy
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Maureen VanBuren Memorial Scholarship Winners with the VanBuren Family - Sylvia Power, Cathy Seaton, Julia Howard, Steven Long, Michael McNolty, Ron VanBuren
The Early College Career Academy (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 Tuesday, June 12. Fifty-five students from 14 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 fourth class to complete this unique program that provides students with focused studies in the fields of Advanced Manufacturing, IT Computer Networking, New Media or Business Entrepreneurship. 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.
One student in the ECCA Class of 2018 will be joining the US Army, another will enter the workforce, and the remainder of the class will continue their studies in engineering, science, new media or business at SUNY Adirondack, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Purchase, SUNY Polytechnic, The School of Visual Arts, Fashion Institute of Technolgoy, Syracuse University, Clarkson University, Roger Williams University, Ithaca College, Becker College, Nazareth College, Cazenovia College and Champlain College.
In addition to the opening address by Warrensburg Superintendent John Goralski, guest speaker Tracy Podnorzski, Director of Human Resources at Irving Tissue addressed the students. Ms. Podnorzski spoke about how the students participation in ECCA gives them “an advantage on career viability.” Having done job shadowing and internships, she added, “you now have the inside track on your career of choice.”
Four student speakers chosen by their classmates – Sydney Strong and Ethan Ritereiser, both from South Glens Falls High School, Blake Albano of Queensbury High School and George Carlson of Hadley Luzerne - all spoke about the experiences, life-long knowledge and friendships they gained from the program. A Citizenship Award, a Leadership Award and a Student Choice Award was present to a student from each class.
Three Maureen VanBuren Memorial Scholarships were also awarded. Steven Long from South Glens Falls High School, Julia Howard of Hartford High School and Emily Weaver from Hudson Falls High School each received a $500 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 VanBuren, who was the Special Projects administrator for ECCA.