Students from Syracuse City School District’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program recently hosted an appreciation dinner, in order to celebrate P-TECH’s corporate mentors’ ongoing support for the program, SCSD officials stated.
According to officials, P-TECH is a program which allows students to experience the elements of high school, as well as college and the work world, all while leading them toward a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering.
Students in the program have taken college courses, gained professional work experience, and have been matched with corporate mentors, SCSD officials stated. In addition, the program will allow students to earn a high school degree, as well as an Associate’s Degree from Onondaga Community College, within five to six years.
“Through working with the mentors this year, students have gained invaluable experiences, and knowledge,” said P-TECH English teacher, and instructional coach, Kate Liddle. “The mentors helped students learn about professionalism in the workplace, and the opportunities that await them upon completion of the P-TECH program.”
This year’s ventolin corporate mentors have included professionals from Community Activists, G.A. Braun, Equipment Companies, Hayner Hoyt, Lifetech, Lockheed Martin, Marquardt Switches, Midstate Spring, RockTenn, Selflock Screw Products Co., Syracuse University, and Tech Bridge.
In addition, according to SCSD, mentors mingled with students at the event, watched a thank-you video produced by ITC media communications students, and enjoyed a sit-down meal.
Officials said the mentors will also continue their relationships with students over the summer, during a two-week summer bridge program.
“It’s enlightening to see students interested in their future, and seeing themselves being successful,” said Walter Dengos, community and customer jurisdictional manager at National Grid. “This program is a nice opportunity. I do a lot of STEM work, and I understand the value of helping someone, and seeing them grow. It’s valuable for the students to see someone who has perspective, who cares, and can help them. I want to help them get a step or two ahead. I give them credit for wanting, and applying themselves to this experience.”