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NY Capital Region STEM Hub

Capital Region of New York state, or Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties

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Key Programs

P-TECH Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) are innovative high school programs led by School Districts and BOCES throughout our region in partnership with business, industry and higher education. These programs are designed to help address two issues that adversely impact the regional economy—rising student loan debt and employers struggling to find qualified workers. Girls in STEM Since 2014 The Center for Economic Growth has organized the popular Girls in STEM program. The 2018 event at Hudson Valley Community College’s Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) extension center in Malta attracted more than 200 girls in grades four through eight with hands-on workshops designed to engage them in STEM fields and careers. Also supporting Girls in STEM are AT&T, Hudson Valley Community College and Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. NY Tech Valley FIRST® On March 13-15 2014, the New York Tech Valley region became home to a brand new FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) event. The event, titled New York Tech Valley FIRST® Regional Robotics Competition, took place on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) campus located in Troy, New York. The competition was held in the state-of-the-art East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) Arena. GLOBALWOMEN and GLOBALGIRLS Sponsored by GLOBALFOUNDRIES this program features a variety of events and activities that focus on women in STEM and in STEM leadership positions.

Structured Problem Solving (SPS) for Teachers at GLOBALFOUNDRIES “”SPS for Teachers”” is a training developed by GLOBALFOUNDRIES to introduce K-12 teachers to the Structured Problem Solving (SPS) techniques used in the semiconductor industry.

STEM Research Institute for Teachers of STEM In its fifth year, secondary school teachers are partnered with research laboratories, engineering, technology or mathematics professionals working in Capital District firms/businesses for two consecutive summers. For 7 weeks, the teachers work four days a week, participating in projects and/or research under the mentorship of a professional mentor in their field.


James Church, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Questar III BOCES
Dan Cullen, State Director, Workforce Development Institute
Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D., Senior Executive Officer, Capital Region BOCES
Karen Fox, Director of Education Initiatives, Capital Region Chamber
Makenzie Gardner, Learning and Development Specialist – Education & Workforce, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
Jill Lansing, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Director for Education Pipeline Initiatives, The State University of New York
Amber Mooney, Director, Workforce Development, The Business Council of New York State
Amanda Vitullo, Director of Economic Development Services, Center for Economic Growth
Kim Wegner, Lead Coordinator for Innovative Programs, WSWHE BOCES


Joseph Dragone
Senior Executive Officer
Capital Region BOCES