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 ECHO: Putting college in reach for all students

UV ECHO logo, which is a circle with a garaduation cap and the words UV EchoThe UV ECHO program, which launched for the 2018-19 school year, is designed to allow 9th grade students a chance to start earning college credit. 
One of the goals of UV 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.

 What are some of the ways earning college credit in high school is important?
 A United States Marine is seen"I am currently a private first class, in the Marine Corps with my next promotion in April 2019 moving me into a lance corporal position. Looking back, I realize that the college level courses, and all other courses as well, that I took while at UV helped me score better on the ASVAB (entrance exam) and relate in some way to everything that I do in my role as mechanic in the military. It may not register at first, that there is a connection, but after time it becomes clear how math and science courses especially, helped me become a better Marine. I take pride in the Marine Corp., its structure and traditions and am grateful for the help offered by teachers at UV when students requested assistance." - Jared White, Class of 2017

 Who teaches college credit courses at Unadilla Valley?
Mr. Steve Fenton has been a high school mathematics teacher for 30 years; the last 27 for Unadilla Valley Central School. He earnedThis is a photo of Mr. Fenton a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education Mathematics from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Master's Degree in Secondary Education Mathematics from SUNY Oneonta. He is currently approved to teach Freshmen Seminar (ACAD), Accounting I and various math classes from College Algebra to Calculus I for concurrent college credit through Tompkins Cortland Community College. He is also approved to teach Precalculus and Calculus I for concurrent college credit through SUNY Albany. When he is not working for Unadilla Valley, Mr. Fenton works as an adjunct instructor of mathematics for SUNY Morrisville during the school year and SUNY Oneonta during the summer months. When he is not teaching, Mr. Fenton enjoys to read and goes on long bicycle tours throughout New York. 

Blaze a Trail
 Whether a student's plan is to enlist in the military, enroll in a college or university or seek gainful employment within the region, ECHO courses will help blaze a unique trail! The ECHO course selection is vast, with something appealing for each student. The following college course list shares a sampling of courses available at UV:
Sample Course List
 Ag Mechanical Science
American History
Animal Science
Approaches to Literature
Biological Resources Conservation
Business Law
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Intermediate French/Spanish
Introduction to Food Science
Introduction to Veterinary Technology
Music Appreciation
Principles of Accounting
Principles of Biology
Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology
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)


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.