DUNKIRK – Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) was in Chautauqua County Thursday and toured the WNY STEM College and Career P-TECH Academy in Dunkirk.
The academy allows students to participate in a six-year program that provides not only a high school education, but a college degree.
Using hands-on learning, a high-rigor STEM curriculum and state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, students are given an innovative education they can’t get elsewhere.
Reed said that Chautauqua County is having trouble finding the skilled workforce and it’s programs like P-Tech that will give students and young adults the opportunities they need to succeed. He said while in Congress he’ll work to support legislation to ensure the program is able to continue.
The P-Tech Academy is one of 32 in New York State, and has their first senior-level class this year.
Also while in the County, Reed toured the newly renovated Cockaigne Ski Resort, which is set to reopen this winter under new ownership after being closed for six years.
“Seeing the rebirth of such an important facet of the community of Silver Creek and the Chautauqua County area is heartening,” Reed said. “The fire at Cockaigne was a devastating event, but it is good to see it end on a positive note with the reinvigoration of Cockaigne. We care about the success of this area, and are glad to see it first-hand.”