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Veteran educator leading UV ECHO effort
A veteran educator with experience as a school counselor and administrator has joined the staff at Unadilla Valley to oversee the district’s new grant-funded Early College High School program. 

Julia Wick is guiding the launch of UV ECHO, which stands for every career has options. In spring 2018, UV was awarded a $775,000 grant from the New York State Education Department to expand college course offerings for students at no, or little, cost to families.

 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.
 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. While it is not unusual for area school districts to offer some college credits to older students, UV will be among the first schools in the state to offer college credits beginning in 9th grade.

 “Some of the goals of ECHO are to help place a college education within reach of students who have never had a family member attend a college or university; to better equip students to enter the workforce;  and to provide an academic boost for students testing for entry into the Armed Forces,” Wick said. “A long-term goal is for UV to become a learning hub in the surrounding community, providing educational opportunities in abundance.”
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