•  Oswego County P-TECH

Parent/Guardian Q&A

  • Will you hold an open house at the CiTi Campus for parents and students?

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    Yes, an Open House will be scheduled at the CiTi Campus in Mexico, New York following student selection.  This will be the site of the program for the first two years of the P-TECH Program, with students participating in classes located at Onondaga Community College during portions of the week in their junior and senior years of high school to complete their high school course requirements and while also earning course credit towards their Associates degree.

    A copy of the scope and sequence that has been approved by the NYSED - New York State Education Department can be found on this website

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  • How will information get to 8th grade parents and students?

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    Information nights throughout the county during January, February, and March, postings on the P-TECH website at: www.CiTiboces.org/PTECH , a link from each local school district website to the P-TECH web page, program brochure distribution through the schools and at the Oswego County Youth Summit on March 15, 2017.

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  • How will the application work?

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    The application is filled in online and sent directly to the P-TECH program.  Students will be required to obtain reference letters from their home school counselor, two teachers and from one parent or guardian.  All application materials can, and we encourage them to be, submitted online. The home school will be providing information to support the applicant’s candidacy for the program, including grades, attendance records, etc.

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  • What is the time frame for starting this program?

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    Students will apply by March 23, 2017.  Selection will occur in April 2017 and all students will be notified of their application status by May 2017.  Successful students will participate in a required Summer Bridge Program in dated TBD August 2017.   Classes for students will begin in September 2017.

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  • Will the rubric the selection team uses be shared with the component school districts?

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    The student selection rubric identifying the P-TECH student profile will be shared with the local school district’s counselors, teachers and principals, as well as, be available to students and parents.

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  • Who selects the students for the P-TECH High School?

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    Students who apply to the P-TECH will be selected by the P-TECH Student Recruitment Subcommittee of the P-TECH Governing Team.   The subcommittee will use a rubric specifying the student characteristics and profile.

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  • Will the districts have a say on whether or not they feel a student would be a good candidate?

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    Local school district counselors, teachers and principals will be instrumental in identifying and encouraging their students who fit the P-TECH Profile to apply. A completed application will include recommendations written by teachers and counselors. This gives the districts a hand in the selection process.

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  • If there are families that have the financial means, would those students still be considered?

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    Students who have faced various barriers or challenges receive preferential weighting in the selection process.  These factors include lower income, having an educational disability, being an English language learner.  Also, girls are a target population for inclusion in the program. We do not explicitly exclude students based on any characteristics.

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  • If a student moves from one district to another would they be able to remain in the P-TECH program?

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    Yes.  Once a student is enrolled in the P-TECH as long as they stay in Oswego County they will be able to remain in the program.

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  • Does a student enrolled in P-TECH count towards the local high school graduation rate calculation?

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    Students enrolled in P-TECH are assigned a specific tracking code from NYS Education Department so they are not included in the local high school and district’s graduation rate calculation.

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  • Who tracks the students' graduation requirements?

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    The P-TECH Program has a counselor who will be tracking credits taken and earned, as well as, performance on required Regents Examinations.  The local high school, who will ultimately be awarding the student’s high school diploma, will also track students through the student’s four year guidance plan.

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  • How will you determine which students will take 5 years and which ones will take 6 to complete?

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    The program is structured so students can meet the course and examination requirements to earn a high school diploma and an Associate Degree within five years.  However, should a student need additional time or support they have the sixth year to complete requirements.

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  • What is the term of the grant?

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    The grant is $2.6 million for seven years; one planning year and six academic years.

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  • Does the industry indicate any time commitment to these programs?

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    The industry partners Novelis, Huhtamaki,The Fulton Companies, Davis-Standard, and Sunoco Ethanol have expressed a strong commitment to the P-TECH Program and work-force development throughout Oswego County.

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  • If the program has the capacity to take more students, will we?

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    The capacity of the P-TECH for Advanced Manufacturing is 50 students per grade level, starting with 9th grade in September 2016. We will offer slots to 50 students each year.

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  • How will you incorporate Physical Education requirements?

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    The students will be scheduled to meet all NYS high school course and diploma requirements.  The instructional model will differ from a traditional high school so the project and problem-based transdisciplinary learning model can support student learning.  Students will also be scheduled in double blocks or classes for mathematics and English as 9th graders to front load learning as a foundation for their future college level courses. With our flexible, non-traditional scheduling we will be offering double blocks of PE on Fridays.

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  • Can you give us an idea of the curriculum? When will we be able to see what has been planned out?

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    The P-TECH curriculum once approved by NYS will be posted on the P-TECH website.

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