A new innovative high school program led by Capital Region BOCES is partnering business and industry, higher education and K-12 education to help the Capital Region address two issues that adversely impact the regional economy—rising student loan debt and employers struggling to find qualified workers.
Capital Region Pathways in Technology Early High School (P-TECH) is a four to six year program (grades 9-14) focused on engaging students in hands-on, project-based learning to be successful in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Debt-Free Degrees + Skills for Success = Future Freedom
Students who successfully complete the program earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree at no cost in a high-tech field. Graduates are first in line for a job with industry partners in the growing field of information technology.
Program Made Possible Through a Seven Year, $3 million New York State P-TECH Grant
The grant was awarded to a consortium of 24 school districts led by Capital Region BOCES, Watervliet City School District and Mohonasen Central School District in partnership with Schenectady County Community College, Hudson Valley Community College and area and national businesses. They include Dell, Cisco, GreaneTree Technology, MVP Health Care, Linium Recruiting and AlbanyCanCode.
The Capital Region Chamber will serve as the liaison with P-TECH business partners to help create an education-business ecosystem that will benefit students and employers throughout the region.
Watervliet City School District will serve as the lead fiscal agent.
P-TECH Program Will Have Two Locations
- Capital Region P-TECH East Campus located at Watervliet Junior-Senior High School.
- Capital Region P-TECH West Campus located at the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen High School.
Initial diploma pathways for students include degrees in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems and Cybersecurity, and pathways will expand in 2019.