NFA P-TECH Celebrates Twelve More ‘Double Grads’
Newburgh Free Academy P-TECH (formerly Excelsior Academy) celebrated twelve scholars who graduated from Orange County Community College – SUNY Orange with their associates degree in Cyber Security or Networking earlier this May. Seven of these students began the program four years ago and will walk across Academy Field to graduate from high school later in June while the other five finished the program in five years. Last year, 17 students graduated in the inaugural class, for a total of 29 graduates since the program started in 2015. Each year, 50 students are accepted into a cohort. Of the original cohort, 46% have now earned both their high school diploma and associates degree early. In addition, many of their classmates remain in the program on track to earn their associates degree next year from SUNY Orange.
The P-TECH Program at Newburgh Free Academy collaborates through partnerships with SUNY Orange and IBM. All students have mentors in a technology field who provide some technical assistance, but mostly develop a professional relationship that allows students to ask questions and learn from a professional in the field of technology. Additionally, most students completed paid internships at IBM over the summer throughout the program. This upcoming summer 37 more students will complete internships at IBM.