Although the new Foothills Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) Academy of Health and Medical Sciences officially began in September, students cut the ribbon on Monday, October 1 to mark the launch of the new Academy of Health and Medical Sciences program, housed at Gloversville’s Meco School. The Academy of Health and Medical Sciences is one of two programs offered through the new Foothills PTECH. The sister program is the Academy of Computer Science and Game Arts in Johnstown.
Principal Chris Murphy offered opening remarks at the ceremony, which was organized by the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. Murphy was followed at the podium by Gloversville Mayor Dayton King and New York State Assemblymember Marc Butler. A representative from Sentor Jim Tedisco’s office also spoke briefly and presented a citation honoring the new PTECH program.
Following the ribbon-cutting, PTECH students shared presentations with visitors on projects that they have been working on collaboratively since the program began four weeks ago. The projects included health-related topics, including water quality, obesity, mental health and substance abuse. Twelve of the 22 students currently enrolled in the program at the Meco School are from Gloversville.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was organized by the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, a partner in the Foothills PTECH program.
More about Foothills PTECH
The Foothills PTECH is an innovative partnership between the Gloversville and Johnstown school districts, along with the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES, Fulton Montgomery Community College, the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. It is designed to give students a jump-start on a career in either the high-tech or healthcare fields. Both of these fields are high growth and have jobs that are currently going unfilled due to a lack of qualified workers. Students who successfully complete these programs will be first in line for promising, well-paying careers in these fields.
In addition to providing students a new way to meet educational goals, the partnership with higher education and business is designed to fuel workforce development for local employers looking for technically skilled workers, such as computer programmers, digital media specialists, and medical assistants and technicians.
The state awarded the Johnstown and Gloversville school districts a $3 million grant toward the new PTECH. Students begin the program as ninth graders and have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and a two-year college degree simultaneously at no cost to their families through this four- to six-year program.