Articulation agreement with SUNY Polytechnic Institute a boost for P-TECH students, program officials say

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NEW HARTFORD — The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program recently announced a new articulation agreement with SUNY Polytechnic Institute that allows P-TECH graduates to continue their education at SUNY Poly and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Through the agreement, P-TECH graduates will be able to transfer credits they have earned at Mohawk Valley Community College and have them applied to a bachelor’s degree program at SUNY Poly. “This is our first transfer agreement for P-TECH OHM and covers six of our seven degree pathways. Thanks to SUNY Poly’s affordable tuition and robust course offerings, P-TECH students will be able to complete their four-year degrees at low cost while still staying close to home,” said Erica Schoff, P-TECH OHM principal.

This agreement guarantees transferability of all credits outlined in the following P-TECH/MVCC associate degrees to the corresponding SUNY Poly bachelor’s degrees:

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Business Administration;

AAS Computer Applications Programming;

Associated of Science Computer Science: Cybersecurity;

AAS Human Services;

AAS Electrical Engineering Technology; and

AAS Mechanical Engineering Technology

Under the terms of this agreement, high-achieving first-year/freshmen applicants will also be considered for various scholarship awards, including the SUNY Poly Merit Scholarship, based on their academic achievement, rigor of high school curriculum and involvement in activities outside of the classroom. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years for students who meet and maintain eligibility.

“We look forward to this partnership with P-TECH OHM, which will provide valuable academic pathways for students to build upon their strong knowledge base and enable them to efficiently pursue bachelor’s degrees in key in-demand areas,” said Dr. Steve Schneider, interim provost at SUNY Poly. “Through this agreement, we look forward to even more students engaging in our affordable, experiential learning environment to support a lifetime of success.”

Articulation agreements are formal partnerships between two or more colleges and universities, documenting the transfer policies for a specific academic program or degree.

These partnerships ensure students do not waste time, money or credits by repeating a course at the four-year institution, officials said. Four-year institutions look favorably upon students who utilize these agreements due to the proven track record of transfer students who are well prepared for their four-year schools coursework, they added.

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