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Applications for HFM PTECH program open to 8th-graders

January 10, 2021 | Filed in Archive

Applications for the HFM PTECH program are now being accepted for the 2021-22 incoming freshman class.

PTECH, or Pathways in Technology Early College High School, gives students the opportunity to simultaneously attend high school and earn a two-year degree from a local college at no cost to their families. The program uses a project-based learning environment, professional mentorship and workplace experiences to prepare students for their futures.

Students at HFM PTECH can choose pathways in Business Management, Advanced Manufacturing, Health Sciences, Information Technology and Agriculture.

Associate degrees students can earn from Fulton-Montgomery Community College include:

  • Electrical Technology
  • Business Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Marketing Development
  • Health Information Records Management
  • Health Studies
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Media Arts and Digital Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Networking and Cybersecurity

Associate degrees students can earn from SUNY Cobleskill include:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Ag Business
  • Ag Power Machinery
  • Ag Science
  • Animal Industry
  • Biological Technology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Sustainable Crop Production

PTECH students attend ninth and 10th grade at the Glebe Street School in Johnstown, while 11th-graders attend classes on the HFM BOCES and FMCC campuses. Those pursuing agriculture degrees attend SUNY Cobleskill in 12th grade and beyond (years 13 and 14), while all others complete their degrees at FMCC.

Eighth-graders in the area served by the Hamilton Fulton Montgomery BOCES who are interested in these programs are encouraged to talk to their middle school guidance counselor and complete the online application.

Applicants must get recommendations from their guidance counselor, a teacher and a parent to be considered for HFM PTECH. The online applications must be submitted by Feb. 28.

Given the current situation with the pandemic, applicant visits and interviews likely will be held virtually in March. Parents and students also must attend the virtual Prospective Student Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 The link for that meeting will be sent by email to applicant and will be posted on HFM PTECH’s website and social media channels prior to the event.

Completed applications will be reviewed by a committee of school counselors and PTECH teachers and principals, and acceptance and wait-list letters will be sent in April.

More information about the program and the application process can be found on the HFM BOCES website.