“P-Tech Signing Day Ceremony” Brings 63 Syracuse City School District Students to the Onondaga Community College Campus


P-Tech stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School.

On Tuesday May 24 at 10 a.m. at the Recital Hall in Academic II Building, Onondaga Community College campus. 63 Syracuse City School District (SCSD) students participated in a signing ceremony as they commit to pursue college degrees in the P-TECH program. Each of the students will be in the 11th or 12th grade in the fall of this year. The student’s high schools and programs of study are as follows:21 students will commit to the P-TECH program.

P-Tech stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The program provides high school students the opportunity to work toward their high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously, and ultimately a pathway to an in-demand job.

  • Henninger High School
  • 10 students will commit to the P-TECH program.
  • All 10 will pursue Clinical Lab Technician degrees through SUNY Broome.
  • Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (ITC)
  • 32 students will commit to the P-TECH program.
  • 18 will pursue Mechanical Technology degrees at OCC.
  • 14 will pursue Electrical Technology degrees at OCC.
  • Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler (PSLA)
  • 21 students will commit to the P-TECH program.
  • 10 will pursue Computer Information System degrees at OCC.
  • 11 will pursue Remotely Piloted Aircraft System degrees at Mohawk Valley Community College.
Student Speaker: Kiamesha Cotton

Kiamesha Cotton

Kiamesha Cotton began taking Mechanical Technology classes at OCC during her junior year at ITC. After receiving her high school diploma in 2020, she became a full-time student at OCC. While attending OCC she also worked at United Radio as a Technician. Kiamesha received her Mechanical Technology degree from OCC Saturday (May 21).

Other Speakers included; OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill, SCSD Superintendent Jaime Alicea, Henninger Principal Shirelle Dowdell, ITC Principal Jim Natoli, PSLA Principal Rich Romeo, and SCSD Career & Technical Education Programs Director Bruno Primerano.