SUNY Adirondack announced the launch of a new educational track designed specifically for local residents whose goal is to work for the growing number of companies affiliated with the Tech Valley initiative. The new SUNY Adirondack Tech Valley Track is a set of emphasis areas tied to degrees that focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills.
Starting today, SUNY Adirondack will begin accepting applications for students interested
in the new Tech Valley Track emphasis program. The first group of enrolled students will
begin classes in January, with additional students expected to start in the summer and fall
semesters. As more and more tech-based companies enter the region, SUNY Adirondack
faculty and staff expect to see an even greater interest in the Tech Valley Track program.
“We know that our region is investing heavily in tech industries,” said Nick Paigo, Assistant
Professor and Chair of SUNY Adirondack’s technology division. “The Tech Valley Track
combines the best of our resources and packages it in a quality and affordable program that can lead to jobs with competitive salaries and solid career paths.”
While conducting research for the new track, SUNY Adirondack representatives identified
common entry-level job requirements for companies located throughout the 19-county
Tech Valley corridor. Because they prefer to utilize their own in-house technical training
programs, many Tech Valley companies don’t expect graduates to show up at their door
with expertise in their specialized equipment. However, where they often won’t compromise is the need for solid skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as highly valued behavior-based competencies, such as excellent problem solving skills, business ethics, accountability, and an appreciation for the global business environment.
“Tech Valley companies generally embrace the attitude that it’s easier to train new employees the technical skills for their proprietary and custom-built equipment than it is to teach employees overall proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as people skills and other behavior-based competencies,” said Ronald Heacock, President of SUNY Adirondack. “Those key areas are the backbone of our curriculum at SUNY Adirondack, and our new Tech Valley Track is specifically designed to emphasize these ‘musthave’ skills that employers seek out during the hiring process.”
The Tech Valley Track serves as a broad-based career training program for individuals
interested in employment at tech-focused companies. It is designed to complement
SUNY Adirondack’s existing portfolio of specialized degree programs, including computer
science, computer networking, mechanical technology, and others. The Tech Valley Track
also is designed to easily transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at other colleges and
universities, including transfer opportunities that exist via the unique partnership between
SUNY Adirondack and SUNY’s Empire State College.
Courses for the Tech Valley Track will be offered during the day at SUNY Adirondack’s
Queensbury campus and during the evening at the college’s Wilton campus. The program
will be offered on both full- and part-time schedules, allowing students to choose an option
that best fits their lifestyles. Because the Tech Valley Track is part of an accredited degree
program, federal and state financial aid is available for those who qualify.
“We’re excited to offer the new Tech Valley Track to the options available at our Wilton
campus,” said Mike Prutsman, Director of SUNY Adirondack’s Wilton Center. “Saratoga
County is quickly becoming the heart of the Tech Valley initiative and our new program is
another example of how we are aligning our educational curriculum with the local workforce needs.”
The Tech Valley Track will be the anchor of SUNY Adirondack’s recruitment campaign for
spring semester. A comprehensive marketing campaign, including ads on radio, cable
television, and social networking, all will be used to help spread the word about the new
program. Additional information is available at www.sunyacc.edu or click here to see a video about this new program.
About SUNY Adirondack:
One of 64 campuses that make up the State University of New York, SUNY Adirondack
serves the educational and workforce training needs of residents and businesses in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. The college offers 24 associate degree programs, 9 certificate programs, and additional non-credit opportunities via its Continuing Education division. SUNY Adirondack offers courses at its locations in Queensbury and Wilton, in select local high schools, on-site at corporate business partners, and online through its growing distance learning program.