Creative Public-Private Partnership Established

Trocaire College and its partners, the Lackawanna City School District, Erie I BOCES, and the Catholic Health System are pleased to announce that they have been selected to participate in the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH) program.  This collaborative effort will be led by the Lackawanna City School District.

Choate_2013_0849Winning partnerships were selected through a highly competitive process and represent leading industries in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council areas.  The Trocaire/Lackawanna/BOCES/Catholic Health Consortium was the only project selected to participate in the P-TECH program in the Western New York region.

“We are thrilled to have been selected, with our partners, to advance a very important educational initiative in the State of New York,” said Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D., Trocaire College president.  “Trocaire is honored to represent the Western New York region in this public-private collaborative effort.”

This project will focus on providing students with workplace skills for a highly-skilled, high-demand career in the health sciences field.  Students selected for this program will be able to obtain an Associate’s degree in a health-related program of study at Trocaire College without having to pay tuition – giving students a chance to focus on their education and future goals without the burden of student loans.  Upon completion of their degree, students will be provided a first-in-line opportunity to work in the Catholic Health System in jobs matched to their degree specialty.

“We at the Lackawanna City School District are so excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students for September 2014,” noted Anne Spadone, Superintendent for the Lackawanna City School District.  “We will be spending this school year working collaboratively with Trocaire College and Erie I BOCES to create a P-TECH health careers academy.

Students in this program will be introduced to career pathways in their freshman year in high school and will participate in a curriculum that will be integrated with work-based learning activities such as job shadowing, mentorship, work site field trips and internships.  Students may participate in college career pathways in Health Information Technology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Surgical Technology and Radiologic Technology.

P-TECH, a public-private initiative, was created to prepare thousands of New York students for high-skills jobs of the future in technology, manufacturing, healthcare and finance. The model incorporates a six-year program that combines high school, college and career training and will be targeted to at-risk, disadvantaged students.