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P-TECH program to be offered to 8th grade students

| May 15, 2018

P TECH logoDear Families of Eighth Grade Students,

Recently, our Capital Region BOCES announced the creation of a new STEM program for high school students that will begin this September. The four to six year P-TECH program for students in Capital Region BOCES’ component districts, will offer a concentration in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and an associate’s degree in a high-tech field at no cost. Students will learn with the program’s business partners, gaining valuable workplace insight/skills and making professional career contacts. Graduates are first in line for a job with industry partners in the growing field of information technology.

Students can choose from one of two sites—Watervliet-Junior High School and Mohonasen High School. Initial diploma pathways for students include degrees in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems and Cybersecurity, and pathways will expand in 2019.

The application process is now underway for eighth graders to enroll for September 2018.

Click here to learn about the application process

Click here for a Q & A

If you have questions about program specifics beyond the information you can find on the above listed websites, please contact Mary Cahill, Capital Region BOCES Director of Educational Support Services, at 518-464-3971 or Donald Flynt, Capital Region BOCES Special Project Administrator, at

If you would like to specifically discuss your child’s academic performance and interests, or the requirements of the P-TECH program, please do not hesitate to contact your Shaker Junior High guidance counselor at 518-785-1341. 

As a component district of Capital Region BOCES, we at North Colonie are pleased to offer our Shaker Junior High 8th graders information about this new and exciting opportunity in the Capital Region.

Kathleen Skeals
Deputy Superintendent
North Colonie CSD

Category: SJHS

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