Ken Daly, COO, U.S. Electric, National Grid, delivers the keynote address for Energy Tech High School’s Commencement Ceremony on June 22, 2018.
National Grid Salutes Future STEM Leaders
The second graduating class of Energy Tech High School was encouraged to continue to accept the challenge as they pursue a unique pathway to careers in the energy industry and beyond — “your individual successes will benefit society as a whole, when you succeed you are helping someone else,” Ken Daly, Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Electric, National Grid, told the students during the keynote address for the school’s second graduation ceremony.
Energy Tech High School, in Long Island City, is part of a growing movement of grades 9-14 programs, sometimes referred to as P-TECH schools. Students can take college courses at LaGuardia Community College starting as early as the 10th grade, and can pursue an engineering-related associate degree free of charge. With the support of the Energy Tech program, a sizeable group of students will be staying after graduation to complete degrees in one of two Associate of Applied Science pathways or one of three Associate of Science pathways.
As an Energy Tech industry partner, National Grid provides technical support to help shape the curriculum, field trips to company learning centers and power plants, along with mentoring and internship opportunities. This summer Energy Tech will participate in National Grid’s “Engineering Our Future Pipeline Program,” a six-year preparatory experience for high school students pursuing four-year engineering degrees and careers at National Grid.
“Energy Tech provides a unique opportunity for local New York City high school students to gain the specific STEM skills we need in our industry to meet the energy challenges ahead,” said Daly. “Our partnership with Energy Tech High School supports National Grid’s ‘Engineering Our Future’ initiative to build a highly skilled and diverse workforce. Congratulations to the class of 2018 — National Grid is delighted to help you prepare for productive technical careers in our local communities and support your development as future leaders in the energy industry.”
The senior class chose the slogan “Second to none” in a nod to the fact that they are the second graduating class of Energy Tech.
“Upon high school graduation, students of the Class of 2018 have already made great strides toward their college and career goals. We look forward to continuing to develop our students and alumni as leaders in the energy industry, STEM fields more broadly, and beyond,” said Hope Barter, Founding Principal, Energy Tech High School. “We are so thankful to National Grid for their continued partnership – preparing students to be competitive candidates for engineering pathways is complex and challenging – we could not provide this level of support without the unwavering dedication of our industry partners.”
Over half of the members of the Class of 2018 plan to continue their education at LaGuardia Community College to earn an associate degree in the engineering track or other degree programs.
“Congratulations to Energy Tech High School’s Class of 2018! The partnership between our college, CUNY, National Grid and Con Edison is clearly working,” said Gail O. Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College. “Our collaboration with Energy Tech and other high schools lets students get a head start on going to college, while also demystifying the whole process of applying to and attending college. This model has shown success and we are proud to have been a pioneer in integrating high school and college education. Graduates of Energy Tech have a bright future as we grapple with creating more sustainable and reliable energy sources.”
Energy Tech will celebrate its inaugural cohort of associate degree graduates in June 2019, while a small group of accelerated students are expected to earn their associate degrees in December 2018.
“Energy Tech has excelled within the Early College Initiative using two core tenets of the strategic framework guiding CUNY: supported transitions from high school to college, and the full partnership with National Grid and other employer partners providing formative work-based learning and mentoring experiences towards successful career options in the energy industry,” said Brian Donnelly, Director, CUNY Early College Initiative.
Energy Tech was planned and continues to be developed by a team of professionals from across all partnerships. The school opened in the fall of 2013 and is developed in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, City University of New York, LaGuardia Community College, National Grid and Con Edison.