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What is HFM PTECH?

Which school districts are participating in the PTECH program?

Where is the PTECH school?

Who is teaching at PTECH?

How are students selected for the program?

What degrees can students earn through this program?

Who are the business partners, and what role do they play?



Meet Our Faculty

Click on a name to read about who we are and what makes us tick.

Mike Dardaris, Principal

Heather Buskirk, Instructional Support Specialist

Jamie Groff Dickinson, Earth Science Teacher

Cayla Gaworecki, Mathematics Teacher

Bethany Gessinger, Visual & Performing Arts

Heather Haas, Consultant Teacher, ELA & Mathematics

Kacie Rea, English Language Arts

Jennifer Sponnoble, School Counselor


Important note regarding photos of students in PTECH publications:

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows schools to disclose certain “directory information” about students such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation in athletics, honors and awards, photographs and dates of attendance unless parents have advised PTECH to the contrary.

HFM BOCES and PTECH use this directory information in our publications (print publications, BOCES website, social media outlets) and to publicize our specific educational programs and student accomplishments to the electronic (television) and print (newspaper) media.

Parents not wishing information about their child to be used in district publications, releases to the media or on the BOCES website or PTECH social media should use this form, or write a letter to the Principal of HFM BOCES PTECH program. The signed and dated letter should state that directory information about (name of student) should not be released under FERPA. You do not have to give a reason. This letter must be sent annually by September 30.

A summary of federal and state required annual notifications can be found here.


In the newss

PTECH students meet with business mentors

PTECH Underwater Robotics Club emerges from competition with 'Sharkpedo' Award

New class of HFM PTECH students selected

Welcome to the summer camp with solid STEM roots

PTECH students dig into sweet assignment

Robot provides time in school and away from illness for PTECH student

PTECH robotics teams busy prepping for competition

PTECH students offer innovative solution to local business

PTECH students host Greek market

When schools are closed because of weather, what happens with HFM PTECH?

PTECH partners with student government at FMCC

PTECH designated a Microsoft IT Academy

SED Commissioner connects with HFM PTECH students

PTECH students cut the ribbon to open their new school

PTECH info night draws big crowd

Central Administration

Pathways in Technology
Early College High School (PTECH)


Michael Dardaris, Principal

Phone:    (518) 762-9119, 762-3004

E-mail: mdardaris@hfmboces.org

Address: 305 Jansen Ave, Johnstown, NY 12095

Are your ready to write your own story?

"The vision for the P-TECH school is to redefine secondary education."

Dr. Patrick Michel
HFM BOCES District Superintendent

Imagine a high school without the bell schedule, without students shuffling shoulder to shoulder through narrow hallways, without the rows of desks and without lectures.

Imagine, instead, a new model for high school education, one that doesn’t focus on getting students ready for college but actually includes college-level, credit-bearing coursework in the curriculum.

Welcome to P-TECH. Download brochure here.


What does PTECH look like?

Students enter the PTECH program as 9th graders and work simultaneously toward earning a Regents High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Fulton Montgomery Community College at no cost to the student's family. The 4-6 year sequence emphasizes individualized pathways to completion, work place experiences, mentorship, in-depth project-based learning and real world experiences.

PTECH offers four career clusters in Business Management and Administration, Advanced Manufacturing (Clean Technology), Information Technology and Health Sciences

What does a PTECH student look like?

A student who will succeed in PTECH is motivated to learn in new and exciting ways, and thrives in a non-traditional classroom setting. Are you creative, well organized and interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math? Our students have the desire to build strong skills in communications, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and time management.

Are you ready to write your own story?

The application deadline for the 2016-17 school year will be in February, 2016. When available, you may download the application for 2016-17 here. (pdf) Turn your completed application in to your school guidance office.

Participating School Districts

• Greater Amsterdam School District

• Canajoharie Central School District

• Edinburg Common School District

• Fonda-Fultonville Central School District

• Fort Plain Central School District

• Gloversville Enlarged School District

• Greater Johnstown School District

• Lake Pleasant Central District

• Mayfield Central School District

• Northville Central School District

• Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School

• Wells Central School District

• Wheelerville Union Free School District

Participating Business Partners

• Townsend Leather

• GlobalFoundries

• FM Chamber of Commerce

• NBT Bank

• Benjamin Moore


• Center for Economic Growth

• Broadalbin Manufacturing

• Nathan Littauer

• Keymark Corp.

• Palio Ignite

• Work Force Solutions

• St. Mary’s Health Care

• Gloversville Sewing

• Air Jet Technologies

• Beech Nut Corp.

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