Astria Solutions Group, LLC, doing business as DocStar, Computer Professionals International and Star Advisors, LLC, recently became the newest partner of the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School (Clean Tech ECHS), a NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH). Astria is offering Clean Tech ECHS seniors up to $4,000 in scholarships throughout their four years of college. Each spring, Astria will select one Clean Tech ECHS senior to receive a $500 scholarship each semester, for a total of 8 semesters, provided they meet a minimum GPA requirement.
“We are grateful for Astria Solutions’ commitment and support to provide college funding for graduates of the Clean Technologies Early College High School,” said Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D., Superintendent of the Ballston Spa Central School District. “Our program is about connecting kids to college, and a $4,000 scholarship will go a long way in offsetting tuition costs for students finishing their degrees at Hudson Valley Community College or at another college or university.”
In addition to offering the scholarship, Astria Solutions will participate in guest speaking and authentic audience experiences for students, giving students an opportunity to get feedback from industry professionals for their work.
“Astria Solutions Group is proud to offer scholarships to Clean Tech ECHS students. As our nation and region become more immersed in an information-driven economy, it is vital that our students are educated in a variety of technologies and industries,” said Tom Franceski, President Astria Solutions Group. “This program is far reaching in our region, with students coming from diverse backgrounds from throughout the area, offering them opportunities and skills that will make them successful in the 21st century economy, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving skills.”
The Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries ECHS continues to leverage its relationship with over 40 leaders in business and industry, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), Hudson Valley Community College, and the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, to provide sustained funding for the program. The program was also designated by Governor Cuomo as a New York State P-TECH school, providing additional support as the program continues to grow and serve more students from a regional perspective.
Astria Solutions Group joins current industry leaders who support the program, including Cisco, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, TRC Solutions, Inc., CSArch, Gilbane Building Company, Stewart’s Shops and SEFCU, to name a few, in addition to the support of economic development leaders from the Capital Region Economic Development Council, the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), Saratoga County Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Regional Chambers of Commerce.
The Clean Tech ECHS was developed by the Ballston Spa CSD in partnership with Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The program has grown regionally from originally serving 25 students in two school districts in 2011, to now serving over 200 students from across 21 school districts in eight counties. Juniors and seniors in the program earn up to 24 college credits from Hudson Valley Community College in this ECHS model that was established in 2011. Students are now being enrolled at the 11th grade and 9th grade levels for the fall of 2015 as the program expands into four career pathways including Clean Energy, Computer Science & Information Systems, Nanotechnology/Mechatronics and Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Innovation.
The Ballston Spa CSD has become a leader in the development of STEM learning in K-12 education, especially in the creation of partnerships with business and higher education via their Partnership for Innovation in Education program, through which the district has developed a variety of new courses, curricula and enrichment opportunities for students. Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART in Malta, NY hosts the Clean Tech ECHS and is a LEED-certified classroom building at NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology and Energy Park® (STEP®) campus that uses renewable energy sources.
For additional information, please visit the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries ECHS website or contact Amber Mooney, Coordinator of Development, Ballston Spa CSD at 518-884-7195 ext. 1369.
About Astria Solutions Group, LLC
Formed in June 2007 by principals Tom Franceski, Greg Laird and Jeff Frankel, Astria Solutions Group is the parent company of DocStar, a leader in document management software, and CPI (Computer Professionals International), a full-service information technology solutions provider.