Posted at: 02/13/2013 5:55 PM
Updated at: 02/13/2013 6:24 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann
ALBANY - High school sophomore Richard McKoly is hoping for big opportunities when Tech Valley high school moves to the the campus of SUNY's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
"This will prepare me for a chance to make contributions to society and to future generations," McKoly told an audience at Wednesday's event.
New York's Lt. Governor Robert Duffy announced the educational partnership, which will take place the fall of 2014.
"New York State is the leader in nanotechnology we are a world leader, we want to keep that growing, how do we keep that? You want to prepare a workforce for these jobs," Duffy said.
The school, now located in East Greenbush, is a collaboration between Capital Region and Questar III BOCES, encompassing 26 districts. It will lease more than more than 22,000 square feet of space at CNSE, where students will share common space with scientists, and learn in high tech laboratories. Training for fields that the college said are in high demand.
"Stem majors, science, technology, engineering and math earn the highest starting salaries of any profession at 62,000 average," said Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, Sr. Vice President and CEO at CNSE.
It's the kind of education that senior Rokeya Soltanna said is opening up a world of business and scientific connections.
"When a teacher asks us to present a project to a panel of nanoscientists, ANGEL investors and venture capitalists, we merely ask, 'when?'" she said.
Tech Valley High now has 125 students, with plans to expand.