Excelsior Academy, which will be in its fourth year at NFA, is a new model for teaching and learning that brings together high school, college, and the world of work in order to prepare students for the complex and ever-changing global workforce in information technology. Students in the Excelsior Academy graduate with an Associates in Applied Science degree from SUNY Orange, in addition to their high school diplomas. They also obtain the skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies or step seamlessly into well-paying, high-potential jobs in the Computer Information Technology industry. Excelsior Academy’s curriculum will offer project based learning experiences and real-world applications of science, technology engineering, and math. Students will develop important academic and career skills as they learn through projects developed in collaboration with IBM. Due to the accelerated pace of learning in Excelsior Academy, the length of the school day and the school year is longer for enrolled students.