Unadilla Valley

PO BOX F | 4238 State Highway 8
New Berlin, NY 13411
P: 607.847.7500
F: 607.847.9194
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UV wins $725,000 state grant to give students a college boost

UV ECHO logo, which is a circle with a garaduation cap and the words UV Echo The Smart Scholars Early College High School Program is now available at Unadilla Valley Central School District.
 In spring 2018, UV was awarded a $775,000 grant from the New York State Education Department to expand college course offerings for students.

 The award was among nineteen grants worth a total of $14 million announced by NYSED, and UV was the only rural district in the state to receive an award. The grant will allow the thirteen school districts and six colleges to implement Smart Scholars Early College High School. At UV, the program is known as ECHO - Every Career Has Options.

 Grants received will support partnerships between public school districts and eligible institutions of higher education.  Historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students will be provided with the opportunity and support to earn an average of twenty-four college credits by the time each graduate from high school.

 UV is partnering with SUNY Morrisville and Tompkins-Cortland Community College, and this year’s 9th grade students can begin earning college credits.  UV Superintendent Robert Mackey said this opportunity will be transformative for the district’s students and give them opportunities unique to the region. 

 One of the goals of ECHO is to help place a college education within reach of students who have never had a family member attend a college or university. For students who choose not to attend a traditional four-year college, ECHO will also have value. Whenever possible, ECHO courses will be aligned with careers in the regional economy increasing individual employment readiness. Additionally, the extra academic boost may help students excel on military entrance exams, which determine eligibility for career paths within the Armed Forces.

Sample Course List
American History
Animal Science
Approaches to Literature
Biological Resources Conservation
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Intermediate French/Spanish
Introduction to College Experience
Introduction to Food Science
Introduction to Veterinary Technology
Music Appreciation
Principles of Accounting
Principles of Biology
Technology and the Environment

Note: Courses are subject to change.

Julia Wick, ECHO Director
4238 State Highway 8
New Berlin, NY 13411
607.847.7500 (p)
607.847.9194 (f)
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ECHO: Get the facts
What is it?
  The Early College High School Program allows students to earn both high school and college credit for one course, taught by a high school teacher who has been approved to instuct the college course.
  This program enables students to take challenging, college-level courses in high school, strengthen the transition from high school to college and earn college credit that can be transferred to many colleges and universities in New York and throughout the country. Students have the opportunity to earn an Associates Degree (A.S.) in tandem with their high school diploma. The district offers courses tuition free or at minimal cost in partnership with regional institutions of higher education.

How can UV do that?
  UV received a $775,000 state grant that has enabled the district to partner with colleges and support student participation for four years.

What’s the catch?
  No catch! Students will work closely with school counselors to create high school/college schedules which fulfill each student’s high school needs and college aspirations. Students will apply themselves to their studies throughout their high school careers and have the opportunity to earn college credits, up to an Associate’s Degree, prior to high school graduation.