SCSD high school students commit to college classes this fall

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – Cynthia Padilla is a tenth-year student at Syracuse Central Institute of Technology (ITC). This fall, she will be pursuing a degree in electrical engineering.

“I want to work with electrical and mechanical things, like building circuits, technology, and I want to be able to do a future with that robotics,” Padilla said.

It’s something he’s been interested in for a while. “In sixth grade, I started robotics,” Padilla explained.

She was joined by other students from her school and from across the Syracuse City School District for the signing day at Onondaga Community College. They are committed to pursuing studies through the Pathways in Technology Early College High School program, also known as P-TECH.

“There’s study after study, especially with eighth graders, eighth grade college prep plays, so giving them the tools early on puts that in their brains, hey I did that, I can do it again,” said Marianna Maliani, Onondaga Community College Early College High School Coordinator.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that the OCC and the SCSD have given me. I can’t wait to graduate and work as a real engineer,” said ITC student Ahmad Alawaad.

Kiamesha Cotton just graduated from OCC and attended P-TECH. She shared tips for the next class.

“It’s okay to be scared and nervous,” Cotton added, “Take your time, try to go at your own pace, but be prepared for how fast college classes are because it’s fast. , it’s very fast.”

A total of 63 Syracuse high school students are continuing their education in the fall, not only at OCC, but also at SUNY Broome and Mohawk Valley Community College.

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