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Foothills PTECH

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Who is eligible to participate in Foothills PTECH?

Only eighth-graders in participating HFM component school districts are eligible to apply to a PTECH program. Students should speak with their guidance counselor in their home district to determine eligibility. Because the curriculum is structured as a 4-6 year sequence to allow for acceleration into college courses, students must enter the program their freshman year of high school.

What kind of student is a good candidate for Foothills PTECH?

A student who will succeed at PTECH is motivated to learn in new and exciting ways and thrives in a non-traditional classroom setting. Foothills may be for you if:

  • You are passionate about having a rewarding career.
  • You can envision yourself living and working in the region.
  • You are interested in college and would benefit from direct support during the college experience.

How do I apply?

Along with an online application that includes a writing section and a form that parents fill out, applicants must submit written recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors. Applicants also must participate in a personal interview. Check with your guidance counselor for specific application deadlines.

How are students selected for the program?

Completed applications received by the deadline are evaluated by the Application and Recruitment Team. Selected students are required to attend a “Summer Bridge” program for incoming freshmen.

What college costs are covered for Foothills PTECH students?

All tuition for credits, labs and books are covered, and PTECH students are granted the same privileges as other students at the participating colleges.

Imagine a new model for high school

In the fall of 2018, the region’s newest Pathways in Technology Early College High School – Foothills PTECH – began offering a high school education featuring college-level, credit-bearing coursework allowing students to select their own career pathway to high-skill jobs. 

Through the 4- to 6-year program, students have the opportunity to earn associate degrees at Fulton-Montgomery Community at no cost to their families as they complete their high school diplomas.

New this year, the program’s two academies – the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Academy of Computer Science and Game Arts – are co-located at Johnstown High School.  

Academy of Computer Science and Game Arts

This academy focuses on the digital gaming industry as the entry point for studies in computer science, internet/web development, animation and related business and marketing fields.

Students can choose from two different pathway options within the Academy of Computer Sciences & Game Arts. 

Computer Science Sequence

Students who love gaming and computer science will earn associate degrees from FMCC in one of the following areas:

• Web & Mobile Applications Development
•  Computer Information Systems

Business & Marketing Sequence

Students who want to become skilled in digital business, marketing, and entrepreneurship
will earn associate degrees from FMCC in Business Marketing.

Academy of Health and Medical Science

Students in this academy focus on the medical arts and sciences, with specific attention centered on laboratory, clinical and patient technician career paths.

Students can choose from two different pathway options within the Academy of Health & Medical Sciences.

Healthcare Technician Pathway

Students who enter into this pathway will pursue their associate degree in Health Studies at FMCC. This degree will prepare them for careers in healthcare technology such as:

• Patient Care Technician
• Phlebotomist
• EKG or EEG Technician
• Medical Assistant
• Nursing Assistant
• Pharmacy Technologist
• Diet Technician
• Mental Health Assistant
• Recreational Therapy Aid

Health Information Records Management Pathway

Students who enter into this pathway will pursue their associate degree in Health Information Records Management at FMCC.

This degree will prepare them for careers in healthcare technology such as:

• Medical Records Technician
• Health Information Technician
• Medical Transcriptionist
• Medical Administrative Assistant

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An education/business partnership

The NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School partnerships will provide tens of thousands of students with a high school diploma, college degree and pathway to a job.

The NYS PTECH public-private partnership builds on the nationally recognized success of IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) in New York City. NYS PTECH was launched in partnership with IBM, which helped create the PTECH program and will provide tools, training and support to each NYS PTECH school.

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