The Pathways Technology Early College High School, formerly located in the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District, has found a new home at 1100 Technology Parkway in Newark. The Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services recently celebrated the move with a ribbon-cutting.
The new location places the program next to the Finger Lakes Community College campus, allowing students to attend classes they are enrolled in as part of their education.
PTECH provides students throughout the region a model for education consisting of workplace internships in a curriculum that allows them to choose their own technology-based “pathways” to high-skilled and in-demand jobs. Upon completing this six-year program, students receive an associate degree from FLCC.
Students were excited to introduce their new school building to the local community.
“PTECH is amazing,” said Mason Head, a fourth-year student from Seneca Falls CSD. “It is more than a school. Because of this school I’ve realized not only my potential, but also my dream and I am proud of my dream. Here is where that dream starts to turn into reality. Right here, in this building, at this school.”
During the celebration, students shared their experiences, presented projects they created and gave tours of their new learning environment, including the Maker Space, science labs, collaborative workspaces and FLCC classrooms.
“Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES PTECH seeks to redefine secondary education with a STEM-based curriculum that centers on project-based learning, personalized learning, and focuses on skills in four college and career pathways: information technology, instrumentation and control technologies, mechanical technology and network, and cybersecurity,” PTECH Principal Kathi McGuigan said. “By working in partnership with our component school districts, the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, area businesses (including G.W. Lisk, OptiMax, Optipro and Digital Rochester), and FLCC, the program creates an educational community that impacts student learning and supports innovative opportunities.”
Call (315) 332-7280 or visit wflboces.org for information.