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Letter to 8th grade students and parents

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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. (pdf)

Mike Dardaris, Principal

Charles Arney, Social Studies Teacher

Heather Buskirk, Instructional Support Specialist

Jamie Groff Dickinson, Earth Science Teacher

Jennifer Drake, Resident Teacher, Special Education

Cayla Gaworecki, Mathematics Teacher

Bethany Gessinger, Visual & Performing Arts

Heather Haas, Consultant Teacher, ELA & Mathematics

Anna Goderie, English Language Arts Teacher

Michael LaMastra, Business Teacher

Jennifer Sponnoble, School Counselor

John Sunderland, Resident Teacher, Science


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 news

PTECH students attend lecture by Nobel Prize winner

PTECH students host trade show to present innovations in oxygen therapy

PTECH hosts education leaders from around the state

State leaders visit PTECH

Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia offer strong support for PTECH programs

PTECH students send (mock) evidence to grand jury

PTECH named Model School by International Center for Leadership in Education

PTECH honors business partner, community member with awards

PTECH students to work as interns for Mohawk Cabinet

Canajoharie teachers begin PTECH teacher residency

Country gala supports PTECH programs

Regent Beverly Ouderkirk visits HFM BOCES and PTECH

New Education Commissioner visits HFM BOCES and PTECH

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

Click on image to download application for 2016-17 school year.Are you ready to write your own story?

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?

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

Dr. Patrick Michel
HFM BOCES District Superintendent

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 is Feb. 5, 2016. 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

• Air Jet Technologies

• GlobalFoundries

• Avanti Control Systems

• Gloversville Sewing

• Beech Nut Corp.

• Helmont Mills

• Benjamin Moore

• Keymark Corp.

• Bouchey & Clarke

• Mohawk Cabinet

• Broadalbin Manufacturing

• Nathan Littauer Hospital

• Center for Economic Growth

• NBT Bank

• CISCO Systems

• Palio Ignite

• Community Health Center

• St. Mary’s Health Care

• Curtin Hebert Machines

• Tetra Tech

• D.M. Romeyn Civil Engineering

• Work Force Solutions

• Fulton-Montgomery Regional
Chamber of Commerce

• Townsend Leather

• Fulton-Montgomery Community College

• U. S. Army Recruiting Battalion Albany

• Gehring Tricot Corp.


Participating Business Mentors

• Atlas Copco USA

• The City of Gloversville

• Flooring Authority

• The Geek Pantology

• Lexington

• Quinn's Green Power

• Mohawk Valley Group
at Morgan Stanley Wealth


• Montgomery County
Economic Development

• Wells Nursing Home

• Montgomery County
Executive Office

• Vincenza's Banquet House

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