MEXICO – Advanced metal manufacturing career readiness opportunities are abound for Oswego County youth, thanks to the continued development of the Oswego County Pathways in Technology Early College High School.
Recruitment for those opportunities recently began with P-TECH Principal Bill Lynch and counselor Dan Lupa, who offered multiple recruitment meetings for eighth graders in all nine school districts throughout Oswego County.
Foundational seeds are planted at the middle-school level since the P-TECH commitment is a five-year process, from freshman year of high school, through graduation and one additional year.
During a recent stop at Mexico Middle School, Lynch and Lupa offered enticing words for the advancement of the eighth graders education: obtaining a two-year, associate’s degree at no cost to them or their parents.
While attending P-TECH, which is housed at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s main campus in Mexico, students will receive their high school graduation credits, while simultaneously earning college credit through Onondaga Community College when they reach their junior and senior years of high school.
Mexico Middle School counselor Paul McPherson said parents have already called, seeking more information about the exciting venture.
They may also ask questions at a scheduled P-TECH parent-information night in February, the same offering which is afforded to other Oswego County middle schools.
Assistant Principal Patrick Vrooman told the students they may want to seriously consider P-TECH when they meet with McPherson in the spring about setting up their 2018-19 school year schedules.
P-TECH was created because its local industry partners: Davis-Standard, Huhtamaki, Sunoco, Fulton Companies and Novelis have a strong need for a skilled workforce.
P-TECH will provide advanced education for a mechanical or electrical engineering technology degree, which perfectly align with job opening at those companies.
Lupa encouraged Mexico eighth graders interested in the science, technology, engineering and math fields to seriously consider P-TECH.
Networking with businesses while studying in P-TECH can also provide job security.
After an application process, the incoming freshmen will form P-TECH’s third cohort of 50 students.
For more information, visit www.citiboces.org/ptech.