Joe Robach is pleased to announce his support for a new education program. The public-private partnership between New York State and IBM, will prepare thousands of students for high-skills jobs of the future in technology, manufacturing, healthcare and finance. In addition, IBM and other companies that participate in the partnership will put the program’s graduates first in line for jobs with these companies. This partnership was announced as a part of the Governor’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget.

The partnership builds upon the success of IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in New York City.

Ten innovative schools—one in each of the 10 economic development regions—will participate in this new education model, which incorporates a six year program that combines high school, college and career training. Each student will have the opportunity to graduate with an Associate’s Degree. The goal is to help students prepare for a high-skill, high-demand career in a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) field. This partnership will also help advance the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Strategy since the job training will directly correspond to employment opportunities in the regions.

IBM and other businesses will partner with each participating high school and college to provide guidance on workplace learning, including skills mapping, curriculum, mentoring, worksite visits, internships, and, most importantly, putting the program’s graduates first in line for a job with these companies. IBM will become the key partner for two of the schools.

IBM will also lead the recruitment of private-sector partners for the other regions, and provide training to participating schools/mentors, and share their state-of-the-art “skill-mapping” with all 10 schools and provide tools to help school leaders and teachers effectively integrate STEM into their school programs. Additional partners and resources will be announced in the coming months. Joe Robach is pleased to support this great education opportunity for the student’s of New York State.

For more education information, contact the Office of Joe Robach.


Joe Robach supports the education announcement today that the application process is now open for the second class of Empire State Fellows. The two-year Empire State Fellows Program prepares a new generation of leaders for policy-making roles in New York State government.

The inaugural 2012-2014 class began in September of last year with Fellows appointed to agencies, as well as to the Executive Chamber.  Individuals that are interested in applying to the Empire State Fellows Program, should email a cover letter, resume, personal statement explaining their interest in the Empire State Fellows Program, and two letters of recommendation to All applications must be submitted by Friday, April 12, 2013 before midnight for consideration.

The Governor will appoint selected Empire State Fellows to positions in the executive branch where their skills match the needs of State government. The Fellows will work closely with senior administration officials and participate in the policy decisions that transform our state. They will also engage in educational and professional development seminars that prepare them to serve as effective and ethical government leaders. Successful Fellows may be offered continued service in New York State government after completing the program.

Candidates are selected on the basis of their academic and professional experience, demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to public service, communications skills and creativity. Applicants should have an advanced degree and at least three years of professional work experience. An applicant with only a bachelor’s degree may be considered if he or she has substantial professional achievements. Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Current New York State legislative or executive branch employees are not eligible to serve as Empire State Fellows.

The Empire State Fellows Program is part of Governor’s New New York Leaders Initiative that recruits talented young professionals and college students to serve in State government. Joe Robach believes that supporting students in their higher education goals is very important.

For more information on this education initiative, please visit the office of Joe Robach.


Joe Robach is pleased to announce that The New York State Senate recently passed two bills related to the education system that would enhance the safety of bus passengers by preventing registered sex offenders from becoming bus drivers and increasing penalties for passing a stopped school bus.

Senate bill, S.1519 supported by Joe Robach would prohibit a registered sex offender from obtaining or renewing a commercial drivers license to operate a passenger or school bus intended for education purposes, providing a greater level of protection to the public from these individuals.

Another bill, S.1878, also supported by Joe Robach, provides for a 60-day suspension of an individual’s drivers license when the holder is convicted two or more times of passing a stopped education school bus within a period of 10 years. This legislation would make the penalties for multiple violations of passing a stopped school bus the same as penalties for drivers convicted of speeding in a construction zone two or more times.

“Registered sex offenders should not be allowed to transport our children to and from our education systems. Allowing this to happen increases the danger to our children and increases the rate of recidivism. I am happy to support the passage of this important piece of legislation that will help keep our students safe. In regard to S.1878, motorists need to understand how dangerous it is to pass a stopped school bus. This legislation will hopefully deter repeat offenders and again, keep our children safe,” said Joe Robach.

The bills have been sent to the Assembly.

For more education information, contact the Office of Joe Robach.


February is National Youth Leadership Month. To mark this occasion, and to honor promising young students who have demonstrated real leadership in their communities and with their education, Joe Robach is pleased to be participating in the New York State Senate’s Youth Leadership Recognition program.

This education program is designed to highlight and congratulated well-rounded students who excel academically and have exhibited leadership through extracurricular or volunteer activities. Current juniors and seniors are eligible to participate. Students must be nominated by a teacher, administrator, counselor or other school faculty member. A student can ask a faculty member to nominate them or a faculty member can initiate the process by recommending a student deserving of special recognition.

Nominations must be submitted online to Joe Robach and must include an attached letter of recommendation by the nominating faculty member. The student will include general information about their education achievements and activities and a short essay (maximum 500 words) describing their accomplishment and why it is significant.

Participating schools should nominate a maximum of five students deserving of recognition for the program, with Senator Joe Robach selecting one student per education institution for their outstanding accomplishment.

The student will be acknowledged by Joe Robach and presented with a certificate of recognition and a letter at a congratulatory ceremony. In addition, their story will be highlighted with those students from neighboring high schools on Joe Robach’s website.

The deadline for online nominations is March 31, 2013.

For more education information, contact the Office of Joe Robach.