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At W-FL P-TECH, each student believes in themselves and sees themselves as being successful and able by obtaining the professional skills and knowledge needed to earn employment after graduation.
Who We Are
The W-FL Pathways in Technology Early College High School connects high school, college, and the world of work through college and industry partnerships. W-FL P-TECH shares P-TECH NYC's model as a pioneering new vision for education, college and career readiness and success in the NY Finger Lakes region.
This is W-FL P-TECH!
Emory Roethel, Principal
Linda Valley, school secretary
Main Office: 315-548-6660
P-TECH Students Come From:
Bloomfield, Canandaigua, Clyde-Savannah, Dundee, Gananda, Geneva, Gorham-Middlesex (Marcus Whitman), Honeoye, Lyons , Manchester-Shortsville (Red Jacket), Marion, Naples, Newark, North Rose-Wolcott, Palmyra-Macedon, Penn Yan, Phelps-Clifton Springs (Midlakes), Red Creek, Romulus, Seneca Falls, Sodus, Victor, Waterloo, Wayne, Williamson
Successful schools share a common definition of high quality education for every student. We believe the center of high quality education is a student-first mindset focused on providing education for the whole person. The Wayne-Finger Lakes Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or W-FL P-TECH, is one in which ALL students are engaged, inspired, and empowered to reach their full potential as they prepare to be career ready and globally competitive. On a daily basis, students are actively involved in the 4 Cs of 21st century learning– Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. As a strong proponent of the integration of Professional Skills with STEM, we recognize the importance of merging these skills into learning while students apply core content and STEM in authentic ways using inquiry, design process, and project-based learning. A balanced instructional program supports student growth through the combination of inspiration, mentoring, modeling, scaffolding and differentiated learning while using authentic and varied assessment, conferencing and constructive feedback.
W-FL P-TECH is a new model for high school education that includes college-level, credit-bearing coursework in the curriculum and allows students to choose their own “pathways” to high-skill jobs. A consortium of W-FL BOCES, its component school districts, Finger Lakes Community College and regional business partners was one of the winners in a statewide competition in 2014 for funding a P-TECH program that targets students who might not otherwise consider a college pathway, using a variety of demographic, academic and social indicators. The school launched in September 2015 school year with students from the component school districts. W-FL P-TECH seeks to redefine secondary education with a curriculum that centers on project-based learning that focuses on skills in three career clusters — Information Technology, Instrumentation and Control Technologies, and Mechanical Technology. Through the school, selected students can earn one of three different associate’s degrees at no cost to their families and will be considered for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.
Our Mission: To transform College and Career Readiness by creating new pathways between education and in-demand, high-tech careers by supporting a culture and learning environment with the tools and resources necessary to acquire and create knowledge, collaborate, use creativity and innovate. Our school connects students with careers through partnerships with higher education, the community, the region, and the world.
Goals of P-TECH
- Focus on success of each student by providing a rigorous and relevant education (pathways) focused on application of knowledge and skills. (Accomplished using personalized learning and project-based learning while students are encouraged to use collaborative learning, creativity and innovation.)
- Faculty provide levels of support for each student throughout P-TECH career, even while enrolled in college courses.
- Students learn and apply professional skills and experience workplace learning readying them for career.
- Focus early on pathway that leads to successful completion of high school plus A.A.S. degree from FLCC.
- Each student completes a Regents diploma in four-years and an associate's degree within six-years; a unique grades 9-14 model.
- Focus early on identifying career interests within chosen pathway.
Characteristics of successful students
- One who is willing to work hard, likes to work with technology and learn something new.
- Likes solving problems and is motivated by personal success.
- Excels on projects and learning by doing.
- Has diversity mindset.
- Is sociable, likes working with other students on projects and tasks.
- Self-directed and self-reflecting.
- Wants to earn high school diploma and college degree at same time (starting in 9th grade).
- Wants a well-paying job in a tech-based career; can see themselves in these jobs.
What students like most about P-TECH
- Technology, hands-on.
- Coding, programming and robotics.
- A new setting, a new school.
- Making new friends, working with new friends on projects.
- Learning together.
- Around a lot of students like themselves.
- Things P-TECH offers fits their interests.