Higher Education

As of 2018, more than 90% of the 8 million STEM jobs require some college (associates and bachelor’s degrees) with a range of professional certification.

New York state and the Capital Region offer students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pursuits a host of training and higher education options—from vocational education to part- and full-time undergraduate and graduate-level programming. 

Career, Technical and Adult Education

Through trade and vocation-focused programs, adult learners can earn job-specific skills and certifications for today’s high-skill, high-wage and high-demand STEM occupations.

2- and 4-Year Colleges and Universities

There are dozens of public and private colleges and universities in the Capital Region alone offering degrees in many STEM pursuits.


Registered apprenticeships offer paid and supervised on-the-job training and related coursework in a variety of fields, including STEM pursuits. New York state will invest $3 million in the coming years to create 2,000 new pre-apprenticeship and registered-apprenticeship positions in some of today’s most in-demand STEM areas: healthcare and advanced-manufacturing industries. Regional employers will sponsor these apprenticeships, designed to prepare the 21st-century workforce through mentorship, on-the-job training and related instruction. 


Online coursework through accredited colleges and universities across the state offer a flexible alternative to classroom learning. The SUNY system alone offers more than 500 career pathways, including many in STEM fields, through its Open SUNY program.