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P-TECH Academy Moves to Tompkins Cortland Community College

P-TECH students in the classroom at Tompkins Cortland Community College

The TST BOCES P-TECH Academy has relocated and is now housed at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Entering its second year, P-TECH Academy held Bridge Week at its new home on the Tompkins Cortland Community College campus. Bridge Week is an introductory period that focuses on developing connections between students and staff. P-TECH students come from seven different area school districts, and first-year students are all transitioning into high school. Bridge Week allows the new cohort of students to meet peers in their grade, second-year students continuing in the P-TECH program and teachers.

Bridge Week activities included low ropes course team challenges, a design and building activity, a community picnic at Taughannock Park and a tour of the Tompkins Cortland Community College campus. The activities are designed as an introduction to the learning style of the P-TECH program and to encourage team building, problem solving and collaboration.

In addition to being in a new location, this year the P-TECH Academy is welcoming two new teachers. Sarah Ireley is teaching biology and Andrew Thompson is teaching Global 1 and 2. Ireley previously worked at a Cornell lab in the field of wildlife health and Thompson taught Global and U.S. History in Baldwinsville, N.Y.

These changes are all exciting developments for the P-TECH Academy as the program continues to grow.