Juniors in the HFM PTECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program are not just holding their own as college students at Fulton Montgomery Community College, they are excelling.
PTECH students are enrolled as full-fledged FMCC students, taking college classes and earning credits at the same time they are completing their high school requirements.
The nearly 50 third-year students spent the first two years in the PTECH program at Jansen Avenue school, taking some college courses there. However, this year, they attend classes at FMCC all day, taking courses alongside other full-time students there.
The results from the first semester have shown that PTECH’s third-year students have what it takes to be successful college students. With an overall 95 percent pass rate in their college coursework, most of the students have earned A’s and B’s in classes that include Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology and college-level English.
Here’s a breakdown of how the students are performing:
- 31 percent of grades earned were A’s
- 35 percent of grades earned with B’s
- 21 percent of grades earned were C’s
- 8 percent of grades earned were D’s
In addition to their classes, students also are getting involved with FMCC organizations. This fall, four PTECH juniors — Hunter Fifeld, Ryan Kamanu, Jacob Dudar and Joshua Scott — were inducted into the college’s academic fraternity, the Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. To be eligible, the students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework toward their associate’s degree and have a grade point average of 3.5.
A group of PTECH students also is working with FMCC’s Director of International Student Programs Arlene Spencer on helping new international students assimilate into life on campus.