Sydney Badger, Thompson Collins, Austin Montello complete ECCA

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Sydney Badger, Austin Montello, and Thompson Collins are 2019 graduates of the ECCA program!

Three graduating seniors from Glens Falls have been honored for completing the Early College Career Academy! Thompson Collins and Austin Montello earned certificates in Business & Entrepreneurship, while Sydney Badger earned her certificate in New Media.

ECCA is a partnership program between SUNY Adirondack and WSWHE BOCES in which students earn industry-recognized certifications, and participate in work-based learning activities that include job shadowing, being mentored by an industry expert and real-world industry challenge projects.  In addition to acquiring job skills and industry knowledge, students also earn college credits toward an Associate Degree in Applied Science, while still in high school.

Austin Montello was selected as one of the student speakers at the completion ceremony, and he also won the Maureen VanBuren Memorial Scholarship for his “strong work ethic, generous spirit, true passion for [his] field of study, and demonstrates dedication for community and family.”

Austin and Sydney will attend SUNY Adirondack in the fall, and Thompson will attend Siena College. Congratulations!!

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Senior Austin Montello was selected by his peers to speak at the 2019 Early College Career Academy completion ceremony on June 15th.
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GFHS senior Thompson Collins accepts a certificate at the ECCA completion ceremony
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2019 Graduates of the Early College Career Academy’s Business and Entrepreneurship program, including Austin Montello and Thompson Collins (on right)
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GFHS senior Austin Montello accepts an award at the ECCA completion ceremony