P-TECH Questions & Answers

What kind of student is a good candidate for P-TECH?

Students who succeed at P-TECH are: 

  • Motivated to learn in new and exciting ways.
  • Innovative and creative.
  • Interested in applying science, technology, engineering and math to their everyday learning. 
  • Works well in a collaborative team environment.
  • Thrives in a non-traditional classroom setting.

P-TECH is designed for students who want to do something different with their high school career. Students of all academic achievement levels are encouraged to apply.

The goal is for the school to have a typical student body that mirrors the collective demographics of the Capital Region. Special effort will be made to recruit and support students who:

  • are considered academically and/or economically at-risk.
  • that historically lack access or success in higher education.
  • are from Focus or Priority schools.

Where will the program be located?

Students will be able to choose from one of two sites, and must remain there for the duration of the program.

Each site offers a distinct pathway that leads to an associate’s degree from a neighboring college.

Watervliet Junior-Senior High School (East Campus)

In partnership with Hudson Valley Community College.

  • Computer Information Systems pathway – earn an Associate in Science degree or Associate in Applied Science degree.
  • Cybersecurity pathway – earn an Associate in Science degree.

Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen (West Campus)

In partnership with SUNY Schenectady County Community College.

  • Computer Science pathway – earn an Associate in Science degree.
  • Computer Information Systems pathway –  earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.
  • Computer Networking Systems and Cybersecurity pathway –  earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.
  • Programming for Gaming Development pathway – earn an Associate in Science degree.

The ideal cohort is 30 students per site (60 students total). Additional cohorts of 30 will be added each year.

What college costs are covered for students enrolled in P-TECH?

All tuition for credits, labs and books are covered, and P-TECH students are granted the same privileges as other Hudson Valley Community College and Schenectady County Community College students. However, room and board are not included.

Are there built-in supports to help students with the transition to P-TECH?

New students entering P-TECH are required to attend a week-long “Summer Bridge” program that provides the chance to get acquainted with each other and to participate in activities that let them take the lead in developing their school’s culture. Team building activities and workplace tours with business partners are part of the program.

Do P-TECH students take part in their home high school graduation?

Yes, students will be able to walk with their peers during graduation, although they won’t actually receive their diploma until they leave the P-TECH program.

What role do business partners play? 

Business partners will serve as mentors by providing students with work site visits, job shadowing, field experiences and more. Learn more about becoming a business partner with Capital Region Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH)