Frequently Asked Questions
What is P-TECH Auburn?
P-TECH AUBURN is a six-year early college career and technical education program. P-TECH Auburn students begin their college and professional lives more quickly and with more support than they would following more traditional pathways. They enter this intensive program in ninth grade and graduate with an associate’s degree from Cayuga Community College after six years. Graduates will be college and career ready and prepared with high-level skills in manufacturing and engineering.
How does it work?
P-TECH Auburn combines the best elements of high school, college and work-based learning to provide students with a real-world, project-based curriculum. Starting in ninth grade, students engage in a rigorous dual-enrollment course sequence in science, math, career development and essential 21st century skills, such as problem solving and critical thinking. By the end of the fourth year they will have completed all the coursework necessary to earn a high school regents diploma. By the end of year six they will have all the requirements to earn an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (AAS). Throughout the P-TECH program, students will embark on career exploration through a variety of work experiences.
Which students can apply for this program?
The program is open to incoming ninth-graders who are eager and committed to acquire the skills necessary to earn a college degree and to compete in a highly competitive work force. P-TECH Auburn serves students from diverse and dynamic communities who are willing to commit themselves to a rigorous academic and career-readiness program. Though no test is required for admission, only 25 students will be admitted each year, so early application is recommended.
Can you explain the academic portion of the program?
The curriculum is comprised of a course sequence in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The curriculum is fully aligned with Next Generation technology standards and the New York State Common Core Learning Standards. Teachers use technology rich instructional tools and data systems in their advanced instruction. Students will meet all the requirements necessary to earn a High School Regent’s Diploma and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science.
Will there additional support to students who need it?
P-TECH Auburn provides a wide variety of academic support programs including summer academies, online lessons and afterschool instruction.
Will students graduate with their class?
Because P-TECH Auburn is a comprehensive six-year program with college content embedded into the curriculum, students do not technically graduate after four years. Upon completion of the six-year program, graduates earn both their High School Regents Diploma and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. This will not, however, negatively impact the school’s graduation rate. P-TECH Auburn has worked with the state education department to adjust the data so that graduation rates are not affected.
Is P-TECH Auburn a full-time program?
This intensive, six-year program meets all the requirements of high school and a two-year college. Students will attend a full day of classes, just as they would in a standard high school program.
How does the work-based learning component work?
Students will engage in a wide variety of real-world work experiences including visits to and from industry experts, internships, shadow days, coaching and mentoring, and part-time employment. P-TECH Auburn is aligned with major industry partners including the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), Currier Plastics and Bo-Mer Plastics, to name a few. Upon graduation, students will be prepared and will be given priority consideration to enter a lucrative career in those manufacturing or engineering fields.
How can students apply?
Any Auburn students currently in 8th grade should discuss this opportunity with their guidance counselor if they are interested.
What does it cost?
P-TECH Auburn is fully funded through the P-TECH Auburn grant from the New York State governor’s office and is completely free of cost for students, their families and their home school districts — there are no tuition charges.
When does it start?
We are currently in our second year of the P-TECH program. Our first class of P-TECH Auburn students, the Class of 2019, began in September 2015. Subsequent classes will begin in September of the new school year.