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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

Theresa Carr, Career Exploration Teacher

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


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

PTECH partners with student government at FMCC

SED Commissioner connects with HFM PTECH students

PTECH students cut the ribbon to open their new school

PTECH info night draws big crowd

PTECH – a different approach to academic scope and sequence

HFM BOCES design students helping create PTECH 'brand'

Redefining secondary education for HFM region

Back to the blackboard: P-TECH schools still in development - Albany Business Review

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

2015 PTECH application is available here. (pdf)

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 2015-16 school year is Friday Feb. 6. You may download the application for 2015-16 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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