Early College Career Academy & PTECH

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Southern Adirondack PTECH and Early College Career Academy (ECCA) are partnerships between SUNY Adirondack and WSWHE BOCES.

Students are eligible to earn up to 32 college credits (depending on degree choice), acquire national or internationally recognized industry credentials, participate in work-based learning projects and industry challenges, and be mentored by practicing professionals in their fields of study.  


PTECH is a six-year program that gives high school students experiences, practical skills, qualifications and credentials  needed to secure rewarding careers in technology-based industries. The Southern Adirondack PTECH is a partnership between high schools, WSWHE BOCES, SUNY Adirondack and many local industries. PTECH students are incoming ninth-graders who will, in parallel, earn a Regents high school diploma and an associate degree from SUNY Adirondack at no cost to the family. Learn more.

This program offers two pathways:

  • Advanced Manufacturing

  • Information Technology: Computer Networking and Cybersecurity


Complete an ONLINE STUDENT application: 

Counselor's forms

(to fill out after a student fills out the form above)

REQUEST INFO: To request more information on the PTECH program, CLICK HERE.

Watch a video about the PTECH program

PTECH Program Guide

PTECH Brochure




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SUNY Adirondack partners with area school districts and WSWHE BOCES to develop a program that is a unique blend of college credited coursework and career/technical education. Students spend a half-day on campus in their junior and senior years studying in one of four programs: Electrical Technology/Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology: Computer Networking and Cybersecurity, Business and Entrepreneurship or New Media (Graphic Design). 

ECCA provides students an opportunity to earn college credits and internationally recognized industry certifications. Students can choose to continue in one of SUNY Adirondack's degree programs, transfer their credits to another institution or gain employment. Visit www.adkecca.org for more information on how to enroll. 

Students who participate in the Early College Career Academy will:

  • Be dually enrolled in high school and SUNY Adirondack 
  • Spend half the day taking college courses on either the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus or at SUNY Adirondack Saratoga; the other half will include Regents-level courses at the student's high school
  • Be co-taught by SUNY Adirondack professors and a WSWHE BOCES Career and Technical Education instructor
  • Be taught science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fundamentals in a connected, collaborative environment using project-based learning
  • Be provided a laptop, notebook or tablet for a 1:1 technology experience, and receive hands-on experience using state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing, computer networking and new media equipment and software programs
  • Be exposed to business plan development and operational excellence through bootcamps and Six Sigma methodologies
  • Have an opportunity to participate in work-based learning or job shadowing experiences with local business owners during college breaks

At the end of the two-year program, a successful student will have:

  • Earned nationally or internationally recognized industry certifications
  • Satisfied all requirements for a NYS Regents diploma
  • Participated in valuable work-based learning experiences
  • Earned up to 32 college credits

Watch a video about the ECCA program

ECCA Program Guide

ECCA Brochure Viewbook




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The Early College Career Academy has a presence on both the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury campus and SUNY Adirondack Saratoga.

Queensbury Campus
640 Bay Road
Queensbury, NY  12804

SUNY Adirondack Saratoga
696 State Route 9
Wilton, NY  12831

Participating School Districts