The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has awarded four grants totaling $8.2 million to the Syracuse City School District. These include the Pathways in Technology Early College High School grant, the IDEA Program Development Grant and two School Improvement Grants.
The $3 million New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) partnership award will be used to create the P-TECH Health Careers Academy (HCA) at Henninger High School. The SCSD will collaborate with SUNY Broome Community College, Onondaga Community College, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, SUNY Medical University, and Laboratory Alliance of Central New York on this project. This school-within-a-school program will include a six-year integrated high school and college curriculum leading to an AAS degree in Clinical Laboratory Technician from Broome or Health Information Technology/Medical Records from Onondaga. The district will work with the business and college partners to equip students will experiences and skills so they will be well prepared to enter the competitive workforce. A cohort of 56 ninth graders will be enrolled each year in the P-TECH HCA beginning during the 2016-2017 school year.
The district also received $1.2 million over the next 3 years through the NYSED “IDEA” Program Development Grant to support students with disabilities so they are prepared with work-related skills after finishing school. Through these funds the district will provide in-house work experiences for students with disabilities and help these students gain access to and participate in Career and Technical Education coursework. The goal is provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities to help students with disabilities in the preparation of transitioning from school to career.
Grant Middle School and Dr. King Elementary School each received a $2 million School Improvement Grant (SIG) from the NYSED. The funding at Grant Middle School is significant because it means that the school is no longer considered an ‘out of time’ school. There, the $2 million in SIG funds will go toward implementing AVID Schoolwide. AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) includes research-based strategies and curriculum to help in students’ development of literacy, critical thinking and math skills. Implementation of AVID Schoolwide will be supported by SUNY Oswego. The grant funding will support various student achievement goals such as transportation and admission fees for field study experiences, professional development for teachers, personalized, blended learning and supplies to support parent involvement.
At Dr. King Elementary School, the $2 million SIG award will be used to increase student achievement by the end of three years to put the school “In Good Standing.” This funding will help with various school enrichment activities including continuing a partnership with Red House Arts Center for youth development, expanding the Pre-K program, improving teacher professional development, supporting parent involvement and instruction, and expanding experiential learning through field study trips.