Cortland's 'New Tech' high school gets $200K in state funding

State Sen. James speaking at the grand opening of Seven Valleys New Tech Academy in Cortland (photo provided).

State Sen. James Seward speaking at the grand opening of the Seven Valleys New Tech Academy in Cortland (photo provided).

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A $200,000 grant from New York State will help jumpstart the development of a tech high school based in Cortland.

Last week, state and local officials unveiled the grand opening of the Seven Valleys New Tech Academy in Cortland, one of only two 'new tech' high schools in central New York.

Sen. Seward called the school "an innovative education setting" that takes "a real-world approach to preparing students for future success."

“Colleges and businesses are evolving to meet new global demands and it is crucial that high school students are ready for the challenges that lie ahead," Sen. Seward said in a press release. "By partnering with area businesses and utilizing new teaching methods, Seven Valleys is ensuring that students are ready for what comes next in life."

Seven Valleys New Tech Academy serves high school students throughout Cortland County and also serves as a site for teacher training.

“Seven Valleys is the culmination of years of planning with several stakeholder groups, including area school superintendents, school board members, higher education representatives and business partners," OCM BOCES Superintendent Dr. J. Francis Manning said in a news release. "Local businesses continue to be involved by offering students authentic projects with ties to the real world."

Seven Valleys New Tech Academy joins Innovation Tech High School, which OCM BOCES opened in Liverpool in 2014, as the first and only two New Tech schools in Central New York. New Tech schools are part of the New Tech Network

New Tech schools are part of the New Tech Network, a non-profit organization that provides services and support nationwide to schools, districts and communities for developing public schools. Founded in Napa, California, in 1996, New Tech is made up approximately 175 schools in 28 states, China and Australia.