The Gloversville Enlarged School District welcomed its first class of ninth-graders into the new Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) program in September 2019.
GESD and the Greater Johnstown School District received a $3 million grant from New York state toward the program, which is a partnership between the two districts, HFM BOCES, Fulton Montgomery Community College, the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.
Foothills PTECH is modeled after two successful PTECHs in the HFM region. Foothills PTECH provides students a high school education and participation in college-level, credit-bearing courses that allow them to pursue a career in one of two pathways: computer science and gaming, or health and medical sciences.
Students who successfully complete this innovative educational experience will earn an associate degree at no cost to their families and will be considered for jobs with partner businesses when they graduate.
Depending on their career interest, students study at one of the two Foothills PTECH campuses:
- The Academy of Computer Science & Game Arts at Johnstown High School immerses students in the world of digital gaming, computer science, web development and related fields.
- The Academy of Medical & Health Sciences, housed at the former Meco School in Gloversville, focuses on medical arts and sciences leading to laboratory, clinical and patient technician careers.