As part of Queensborough Community College’s commitment to educate youth and develop the next generation of STEM leadership, BTECH was created as a public-private partnership with the New York City Department of Education, multinational software corporation, SAP, and the Early College Initiative at CUNY. Based on the IBM P-Tech model, BTECH is an early college high school where students are dual-enrolled in high school and college at the same time for up to six years. This program model increases the opportunity for students to earn their high school diploma and associates degree; free of charge, at Queensborough Community College. It also allows students who are academically proficient to further advance. Early college high schools are one solution to the STEM field’s growing need for experienced professionals.
Students attending the Business Technology Early College High School (BTECH) will learn how to help the world run better by using technology to solve everyday problems. Students will become expert readers, writers, and critical thinkers with the technical skills necessary to succeed in our modern information-based global economy. During their six years at BTECH, hands-on job training in the form of apprenticeships or internships will be made available to every student through SAP (an international enterprise software development company) and their partners. Upon graduation, students will have the knowledge, skills, work experience, and technical education they need to be competitive candidates for employment and four-year degree programs.
For more information, visit http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/b-tech/index.html
College Now is an educational program that offers high school students college preparatory and college-level courses. High school students will be identified and recommended by their College Now high school liaison, teachers, and/ or other personnel. Based on their Regents grades and SAT scores students will be informed of their eligibility for various College Now courses. Beginning in the freshman year in high school and throughout the senior year, students will participate in foundation courses (non-credit skills courses) or college-level courses given at their high schools, or, in some cases, on the college campus. These courses are offered tuition free to the students and are held before or after the regular school day, and on Saturdays. Students who are initially required to take college foundation courses will have the opportunity to progress to credit-bearing classes. Students taking College Now courses may receive ID cards and use the facilities of QCC. All classes taken through the College Now program will be documented on an official transcript on file at Queensborough Community College and in the Central Office of the City University of New York. (See “College Now Courses” in the Academic Departments & Course Descriptions section for more course information). For more information, visit http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/collegeNow/index.html
Connect2College (C2C), formerly Career Clusters, will provide opportunities for junior and senior high school students to earn college credits and credits toward high school graduation. Unlike the former Career Clusters, all disciplines are offered from STEM, Humanities and the Liberal Arts. Students are also introduced to the college campus through college tours and on site events. C2C will be administered via the Office of Pre-College, Continuing Education & Workforce Development. For more information, visit http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/connect2college/index.html