New SUNY Poly Program Awards College Credits to Tech Valley High

New SUNY Poly Program Awards College Credits to Tech Valley High

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New SUNY Poly Program Awards College Credits to Tech Valley High Students

‘University in the High School’ Nanoscience course offered to 12th graders


Albany, NY – SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Tech Valley High School (TVHS) today announced the establishment of the ‘University in the High School’ (UHS) program, providing TVHS seniors the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for the successful completion of an introductory course in Nanoscale science. TVHS educators will teach the course using SUNY Poly-approved syllabi, course materials and assignments.  UHS is the latest collaboration by SUNY Poly and TVHS on educational and training initiatives.

“The University in the High School program is a perfect example of the enhanced academic opportunities made possible through our strategic partnership with Tech Valley High School.  In addition to giving students a head start on their college careers, it promotes the development of the high tech skills that are in increasing demand in New York State’s 21st century economy,” said Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, President and CEO of SUNY Polytechnic Institute.  “We’re delighted to see the continued growth of our collaboration with Tech Valley High School and the cutting edge educational programming it enables for students.”

“We are proud of our relationship with SUNY Poly and look forward to being able to offer our students an opportunity to begin their college careers by earning credit from such a prestigious, cutting-edge institution,” said James Niedermeier, TVHS Principal.

TVHS will provide all UHS required course materials and instructors, who will receive adjunct instructor status at SUNY Poly.  SUNY Poly will approve instructor qualifications, as well as observe and provide mentoring for instructors, and make the final determination with respect to student acceptance to the program.  The registration fee for UHS is $140 with reduced fees available for those who are eligible.  The first UHS course commenced in January 2016 with 5 students participating.

This new agreement enhances an existing STEM program at TVHS, which enables high school seniors to earn up to 14 total college credits. It is a full-year academic program that provides students with a unique senior year experience to explore career options in emerging technologies that will change the world.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the partnership between TVHS and SUNY Poly in 2013 as a means to better prepare students for New York’s growing nanotechnology industry and building a world-class workforce to support it.  In September of 2014, TVHS welcomed students to its new state of the art facility at SUNY Poly’s Albany Nanotech complex.




SUNY Polytechnic Institute. SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem, formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany location and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica/Rome location. Thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts more than $43 billion in high-tech investments, over 300 corporate partners, and maintains a statewide footprint. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 4,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty, and staff, in addition to Tech Valley High School. SUNY Poly operates the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Syracuse, the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua, and the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester where SUNY Poly also leads the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics. SUNY Poly founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at its Utica location and also manages the $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, with nodes in Albany and Rochester, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information visit