SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Governor Kathy Hochul stopped in Syracuse today at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (ITC) to deliver an important announcement.
The Governor broke ground today for the first-ever county-wide high school focused on Science, Technology, Arts and Math called the Syracuse Science, Technology, Arts and Math High School (STEAM), which will open in 2025 thanks to a $71 million state commitment.
Syracuse already has ITC which is a four-year, comprehensive, selective enrollment public high school specializing in electrical technology and mechanical technology.
Now, Syracuse will have a STEAM high school and will be Central New York’s first regional technical high school.
The $74 Million project aims to prepare students and the region for the growing technology manufacturing industry in anticipation of Micron’s $100 Billion investment.
Governor Hochul was joined by Micron Technology, Inc., the United Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, New York State United Teachers and local officials at the groundbreaking today.
The Governor also announced that New York State and Micron will invest $4 million in the New York Advanced Technology Framework, helping school districts in New York build their curriculum in semiconductors and high-tech manufacturing.
“Today we officially break ground on the project and going forward you will see work taking place to restore and transform the beautiful building next store that has sat empty for far too long,” said Anthony Davis, superintendent of Schools for the Syracuse City School District.
The STEAM high school will include the following concentrations:
- Business Entrepreneurship
- Construction Management
- Data Analytics
- Entertainment Engineering
- Media Technology and Design
- Robotics and Automation
- Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
- Visual and Performing Arts.
“This is not by accident, this happened because all the folks in this room and many folks outside this room came together based on a vision, worked together and this is what we have as a result,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh.
According to Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, this has not been done in the state before and this project was the first project in the Syracuse Surge which was Mayor Walsh’s strategy to revitalize this section of downtown.
The state has committed over $71 million to this project, along with Micron’s $10 million commitment to the school as a part of the company’s Community Investment Framework and Amazon’s $1.75 million commitment.
“Through the investments we’re making in Central New York, we’re expanding educational opportunities for students while ensuring the region is ready to welcome the jobs and opportunity coming through Micron’s transformative project,” Governor Hochul said. “By investing in high-tech education and advanced manufacturing, we can ensure the next generation of New Yorkers is prepared to fill the jobs of the future. We’re committed to building a global chip-making hub right here in New York.”
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