Queensbury Union Free School District has joined with SUNY Adirondack, the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES and area school districts to offer Early College Career Academy programs in the following:
- Electrical Technology/Advanced Manufacturing
- IT Networking
- New Media Arts
- Business and Entrepreneurship
Each program continues the trend of hosting college-level courses for high school students on the college campus, as opposed to the student’s regular high school. Queensbury students who participate in the Career Academy are dually enrolled at Queensbury High School and at SUNY Adirondack as non-matriculated students. Half of the day will consist of college courses on one of SUNY Adirondack’s campuses; the other half will include Regents level courses at Queensbury High School.
The college portion of this two-year, half-day sequence for high school juniors and seniors is co-taught by SUNY Adirondack professors and a WSWHE BOCES Career and Technical Education instructor. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fundamentals are taught in a connected, collaborative environment using project-based learning.
Each student will receive a laptop, notebook or tablet for a 1:1 technology experience. Media Arts students will also receive the required camera. All students will have hands-on experiences using state-of-the-art, advanced equipment.
During college breaks, students who participate in Early College High School Programs will have the opportunity to participate in internships or job shadowing experiences with local business owners.
At the end of the two-year program, a successful student will have earned 26 to 32 college credits, nationally recognized industry certifications, a Regents diploma and valuable internship experience.