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Albany & Schenectady focus on training future nanotechology generation

From UAlbany's Nano College to Global Foundries and all the smaller tech companies in between our region is making it's mark on the technology front. Now a new high tech partnership in Albany promises to deliver more jobs while the Schenectady Museum jumps on the nanotechnology bandwagon with a state of the art transformation. Both announcements are focused on one thing: training future generations for all these positions.

The Schenectady Museum is being transformed into a regional science and education hub called the Challenger Learning Center.

"The society in the Capital Region has changed. The amount of science and technology has multiplied dramatically in the past few years says Neil Golub, President of the Golub Corporation.

So the learning center is tying technology, engineering and math lessons from the classroom to an interactive curriculum where 5th-8th grade students choose NASA style missions at the museum.

"In this region because we reach 19 counties there are over 80,000 students that are in 5th-8th grade so there's no end to the students says Heidi DeBlock, president of the Challenger Learning Center.

In addition RPI's School of Architecture has been asked to create a modern look for the Science Center.

"We're going to try to design it from Nott Terrace up and elevate people up to the museum" adds Golub.

Meantime the former union station in Albany will be the new home for 150-high tech jobs thanks to a partnership between UAlbany's Nano College, a local engineering firm and Trinity Alliance.

"This is what we've been working on for the last ten years, taking the programs of education and innovation and applying it to the heart of the city of Albany for the kids who never will have access to this education and the training they need" says Dr. Alain e. Kaloyeros, VP & CEO of  UAlbany CNSE.

Two cities, focused on creating a solid nanotechnology workforce as the Capital District tech center emerges.

The museum is also teaming up with the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco in order to host rotating interactive exhibits, that will start in October.

The Challenger Center is set to open by the end of the year with student missions expected to take off at the beginning of 2013.

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