Officials break ground on $74 million Syracuse STEAM High School

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New York Construction Report staff writer

Construction has started on the Syracuse Science, Technology, Arts and Math High School – Central New York’s first regional technical high school, expected to open in 2025.

The project received $71 million from the state and $4 million from Micron.

The Syracuse STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) school is taking over the newly rehabilitated Central Tech school building in Downtown Syracuse. The school will offer a rigorous STEAM-focused curriculum paired with a range of industry and higher education partnerships providing opportunities for internships, mentoring, job shadowing, and college-level coursework.

Officials also announced $4 million from New York State and Micron to create a tech-talent pipeline and prepare students for high-tech jobs and careers. This pilot program allows school districts to offer cutting edge career based learning with curriculum they develop with the collaboration of the other New York educators.

“STEAM programs and strategic industry partnerships are the catalysts for propelling education towards innovation. By bridging the gap between academia and industry needs with programs like those that will be offered at the Syracuse STEAM High School, we can cultivate a workforce equipped with the skills necessary to drive economic growth and technological advancement,” said State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa. “This project is an excellent example of increasing access to educational opportunities for all students and innovation across the P-20 continuum.”

Governor Hochul established the Micron Community Engagement Committee to guide the investment strategy for the $500 million Community Investment Fund. The committee has met with hundreds of residents and continues to listen and learn about how Micron’s presence can help the region.

“Today’s announcement is the first of its kind and a model for the nation—educators and their unions working hand in hand with government and industry to connect students’ passion and curiosity with purpose, paving career pathways to good, middle-class jobs,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “This unique framework will engage students in deeper learning, such as analyzing information, critical thinking, and applying knowledge, while providing them with real-world skills.

“I am so proud that this is coming out of my home state of New York, and that Governor Hochul and Micron have committed to a robust tech-talent pipeline anchored in our shared vision of real solutions for kids and communities that prepare kids for college, career, civic participation, and life.

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