NEW HARTFORD — The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES recognized three local business, industry and education partners for their commitment to the education of students on Oct. 17.
Richard Short, of Indium Corporation, was awarded with the Individual Contribution Award for his efforts with the program during the 2017-18 school year. Short continues to be one of the P-TECH OHM program’s biggest champions and supporters. He has been eager to offer assistance and guidance in a variety of projects and has facilitated group mentoring, individual mentoring and industry challenge projects with all grade levels. He is well-liked by students and makes an effort to get to know each student he meets as an individual. This past summer, he was instrumental in Indium Corporation acting as the main partner for the week-long P-TECH OHM Summer Bridge program. He took time out of his schedule to join the P-TECH OHM staff in planning and executing the Summer Bridge experience for this year’s freshmen and sophomores.
Trenton Technology Inc. was awarded with the Outstanding Business Partner Award. Trenton Technology went above and beyond for the P-TECH OHM program during the 2017-2018 school year. They partnered with the junior class on an industry challenge project that tasked students with designing a solution to a real-life obstacle that was occurring on the manufacturing floor. Employees from Trenton Technology also hosted job site field trips and acted as individual and group mentors for students. Additionally, Trenton Technology offered the first paid internship for a P-TECH OHM student. They provided senior student, William Grant from Westmoreland, with a paid summer internship, where he gained invaluable experience.
Timothy Thomas, associate dean of physical sciences, engineering and applied technology at Mohawk Valley Community College, received the Partnership Excellence in Higher Education Award. Thomas has been instrumental in preparing P-TECH OHM students to make the transition to college life this fall. He puts collaboration between high school and college staff at the forefront in order to do what is best for each individual student. He has acted as a bridge between high school and college, and is vital in making sure that students are offered the academic support necessary to be successful in rigorous college courses. Thomas’ leadership, support and advocacy have made it possible for P-TECH OHM students to have the opportunity to be full-time college students as 12th graders in an innovative and challenging program that will lead to a free associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.
The awards were presented at a “Meet & Greet” event in the Overlook Room at OHM BOCES. The event also recognized the 37 local companies and businesses that took part in the P-TECH OHM program throughout the 2017-18 school year.
P-TECH OHM, in its fourth year, offers a unique education for students beginning in grade nine. Working with multiple business and education partners, the program is designed to give students the skills and experiences they need in technology and manufacturing in order to compete in a global marketplace. Students earn an associate’s degree at no cost to their families.
The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES serves the following component school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.