The Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) celebrated the opening of a new location on Thursday. The Pathways Technology Early College High School (PTECH), formerly located in the Phelps-Clifton Springs School District, has found a new home at 1100 Technology Parkway in Newark. The location strategically places the PTECH program next to the current Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) campus, which allows students to conveniently attend the classes they are enrolled in as part of their education. The PTECH Program provides students throughout the region a unique model for education, which includes workplace internships in a curriculum that allows them to choose their own technology-based “pathways” to high-skilled and in-demand jobs. Upon successful completion of this six-year education students receive an Associate’s Degree from FLCC.
Students were excited to introduce their new school building to the local community. “PTECH is amazing. 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. And here is where that dream starts to turn into reality. Right here, in this building, at this school.” stated Mason Head, a fourth-year student from Seneca Falls Central School District. During the celebration students had an opportunity to share their experiences, present projects they have created, as well as give tours of their new innovative learning environment, including the Maker Space, science labs, collaborative workspaces and FLCC classrooms.
“Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES P-TECH seeks to redefine secondary education with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based curriculum that centers on project-based learning, personalized learning, and focuses on skills in four college and career pathways including Information Technology, Instrumentation and Control Technologies, Mechanical Technology and Network and Cybersecurity” shared Kathi McGuigan, PTECH Principal. By working in partnership with our Component School Districts, the Finger Lakes Work Force Investment Board, area businesses (including GW Lisk, OptiMax, Optipro, Digital Rochester) and Finger Lakes Community College, the program creates an educational community that impacts student learning and supports innovative opportunities.