Photos: Tech Valley High School comes home

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Founded in 2007, the innovative Tech Valley High School, meant to serve as a model for hands-on, project-based learning, has been peripatetic but, now, after two temporary homes, has a permanent place as part of the Albany NanoTech Complex.

The initial idea was that participating local school districts would each pay tuition — $12,990  this year — for interested students but, after the recession and as state aid to schools stagnated, many districts cut back.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Doing the honors with the shears are, from left, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy; Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan: SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher: Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, Alain Kaloyeros, the chief executive officer of the newly merged College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the SUNY Institute of Technology, along with current students. Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new campus gave local educational and government leaders a chance to extol the virtues of the school and tour its new classrooms, labs and locker-lined hallways.​

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

The Enterprise— Michael Koff

Alain Kaloyeros, chief executive officer and officer in charge of the newly merged College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering/SUNY Institute of Technology: “These teenagers will receive the kind of education that kids across the globe dream of.”

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Charles Dedrick, district superintendent of Capital Region Board of Cooperative Education Services: “Students at Tech Valley High School will take all the same standardized tests that any other student in any other public high school in New York will take.”

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor: “This idea of Tech Valley High is really, really extraordinary… The notion of what are called ‘new tech high schools’ is a national phenomenon… a high-tech environment that leads to extraordinary STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] graduates.”

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Robert Duffy, lieutenant governor of New York State: “This is the future of education for all of our students.”

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