PTECH parent/student interest meetings scheduled for Jan. 9

Recruitment for the Capital Region’s PTECH program among grade 8 students is underway now for September 2019 with applications due by January 28, 2019.

Current eighth-graders and their families are invited to learn more about the program during two open houses to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Center for Advanced Technology @ Mohonasen and at the Watervliet Junior/Senior High School.

The PTECH program prepares students in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Information Systems or Cybersecurity.

Eighth graders interested in getting on the fast track to a high school diploma, a no-cost college degree in high-tech field and the front line for a job with industry partners should consider learning more about Capital Region Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH).

This cutting-edge, four- to six-year program (grades 9-12 and two years of college) prepares students for future careers in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on, project based learning. Depending on their interests, students will study at one of two Capital Region sites beginning their freshman year and remain there for the duration of the program.

The Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen and Watervliet Junior/High School P-TECH campuses offer a distinct pathway that leads to an associate’s degree from a neighboring college in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems or Cybersecurity.

Current students and business leaders alike praise the program.

“I like P-TECH because it’s hands-on and I can focus better and learn more in a hands-on setting. I want to do game design for a career. Having the opportunity to learn computer technology like this in high school will help me and put me ahead of the game,” said Michael Martin, a freshman in the program from the Mohonasen Central School District.

“The nontraditional classroom setting, real-world curriculum and hands-on approach to learning is an experience the students will be able to carry with them throughout their entire lives & careers,” Dan Fruscio of CAPCOM said. “As a business partner within the community, we recognize that these students are our future and how important P-TECH is.”