3/1/2013 8:36:23 AM
Times Union: Partnership good for students, community
As long-standing and passionate believers in, and supporters of, the incredible nanotechnology-driven economic growth that is transforming the Capital Region and the rest of New York, we could not imagine a more exciting and timely announcement than the new partnership between Tech Valley High School and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
At a time when Gov. Andrew Cuomo's vision and leadership are raising New York's globally recognized nanotechnology industry to new heights, this is just the type of forward-thinking collaboration that is so often discussed, so desperately needed — yet seldom realized.
This opportunity for our children to spend each day learning and exploring cutting-edge technology amid the world's foremost hub for innovation in our own backyard is the proverbial "match made in heaven."
On its own, Tech Valley High School is a transformational example of next-generation STEM education. With a nationally recognized curriculum that places a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math, TVHS is providing unique training to prepare students for higher education and, eventually, the high-tech workforce.
For those students to also have access to CNSE's one-of-a-kind ecosystem for nanotechnology education and innovation is extraordinary. Leveraging the NanoCollege's global leadership in nanoscale science, and engineering as part of the TVHS curriculum, utilizing CNSE's world-class laboratories and cleanrooms, and collaborating with the world's biggest high-tech companies provide the ingredients for a revolutionary model for STEM education in the 21st century.