HFM partnership wins P-TECH grant
High school students will earn college degrees and be first
in line for jobs
AUGUST 28, 2013 - A
consortium of HFM
BOCES, its component school districts, Fulton-Montgomery
Community College and 16 regional businesses is one of 16
winners in a statewide competition that will help prepare high
school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing
and healthcare. Students will earn an associate degree at no
cost to their families and will be first in line for jobs with
participating companies when they graduate.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the news Thursday, Aug. 28,
saying in a press release the “groundbreaking program will give
students across the state the opportunity to earn a college
degree without taking on significant debt from student loans.”
HFM BOCES District Superintendent Patrick Michel said the local
grant application asked for $2.7 million for the region.
“This is exciting news for our students and our communities. The
grant will allow us to redesign public education in our region,
providing students access to high-paying jobs and an associate’s
degree from FMCC,” Dr. Michel said. “I’m so proud of the
collaborative effort of our partnership, and look forward to the
The NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS
P-TECH) partnerships will provide nearly 6,000 students with a
high school diploma, college degree and pathway to a job. New
York is the first to take the ‘P-TECH’ program statewide through
an initiative that links education to regional economic
NYS P-TECH was announced as part of the Governor’s 2013-2014
Executive Budget and will receive additional funding and support
through the State Education Department. The public-private
initiative was launched in partnership with IBM, which helped
create the P-TECH program and will provide tools, training and
support to each NYS P-TECH school.
According to the governor’s release, the winning partnerships
were selected through a highly competitive process and represent
leading industries in each of the state’s 10 Regional Economic
Development Council areas.
“When it comes to strengthening our schools, we know one size
doesn’t fit all students. We have to innovate. That’s why
Chancellor Tisch and the Board of Regents have strongly
supported the expansion of high quality career and technical
education and early college high school programs,” State
Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said.
“The P-TECH model brings business, schools and colleges together
to help students prepare for college and career success. We know
the P-TECH model keeps students engaged in school and learning.
And we know it provides excellent career opportunities for
students when they graduate.”
Pending negotiation and approval of each applicant’s budget, the
winners will spend the 2013-14 school year recruiting students,
building partnerships and training teachers and principals, and
will enroll their first class of students in September 2014.
The BOCES partnership represents the Mohawk Valley. Other
regions across the state that will receive grant money include
the Capital District, Hudson Valley, North Country, Finger
Lakes, Southern Tier, Western NY, Central NY, Long Island and
New York City.
The NYS P-TECH partnership builds on the nationally recognized
success of IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High
School (P-TECH) in New York City.