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High-tech education focus of NYSUT conference

NYSUT is a group of more than 600,000 people from across the state who work in or retired from the education field.

Teachers said the conference opened their eyes to the industry and its requirements.

"The biggest problem is the deficiency of students getting into the science and technology fields," said Pamela Rosi, a physics and chemistry teacher at North Colonie Central Schools.

She said there is a lack of ties between industry and education.

She said we could provide, "great education and opportunities in the area."

David Norkun, a technology teacher at South Colonie Central Schools, said after interacting with industry human resource consultants, he realized they are looking for more well-rounded students and not only those who are tech-savvy.

He said many students coming in with the education do not have the ability to get along with their co-workers.

The high tech industry is also very global, according to the teachers.

"The students have to be cognizant of other cultures," Norkun said.

In addition to lessons taught by local industry representatives, teachers will take part in a tour of General Electric's plant in Schenectady.

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