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 photo of brayden white

“Taking courses at UV was a big help. Getting as many courses as possible out of the way in high school has become the norm. Maintaining an academic and extracurricular balance is important as well. While at UV, I almost completed an associate’s degree and thirty-eight of the fifty-four credits I earned transferred into Clarkson University with some courses applying to my major and the other courses going toward electives. I could graduate a semester or a year early depending on how I schedule my courses. UV should keep growing their program and students should try out as many college level courses as possible while in high school.”
- Brayden White, Class of 2017

 Who teaches college credit courses at Unadilla Valley?A photo of william rexroat
William Rexroat is the UV High School Technology Teacher instructing Robotics, Building Technology and Video Game Design and an adjunct instructor for RIT teaching Engineering courses. Wil earned his Bachelor of Science for Technology Education from SUNY Oswego and his Master of Science as Instructional Technology Specialist from SUNY Potsdam. He has taught for eleven years, seven of which Wil has spent at UV. Wil enjoys his family, his wife and two sons, and in his free time enjoys wood working, board games and camping.
The following UV teachers have been approved as adjunct instructors for teaching ECHO courses:
Steve Fenton
Andria Crandall
Hannah Johnson
Jessica Devries
Wil Rexroat
Rick Loeffler
Kim Dorosky
John Jackson
Andrew Wolford
Geraldine Crooker
Laurie Pedersen
Elizabeth Duvall
Leah Fries 

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.