Unama’ki PTECH:
A New Technology Education Program Available to Unama’ki Youth!  

Pathways in Technology, Early College High School (PTECH) is a new education model offering integrated high school and college curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) while also providing workplace skills including leadership, communications and problem solving. This is a for High School Students beginning in Grade 9. Mentorship will be facilitated by Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK).  Upon completion the grads will be transforming the education landscape and be equipped with the skills needed for future jobs with IBM and other ICT companies.

Why should you chose Unama’ki PTECH ?

Mi’kmaq culture and language will be part of all programs within PTECH

  • Students from Unama’ki PTECH graduate with a NS High School Diploma as well as an NSCC two-year College Diploma
  • Students progress based on their own abilities and competencies and can graduate in 4, 5 or 6 years starting grade 9
  • Emphasis on workplace experiences, mentorship, in-depth project based learning and real-world experiences
  • Industry Partners provide individual student mentors

What kind of students are good candidates for PTECH?

    • Motivated to learn in new and exciting ways
    • Innovative and creative
    • Interested in applying science, technology engineering and math (STEM) workforce
    • Collaborative and work well in a team environment
    • Open to a non-traditional classroom setting

How do I apply?

Space is limited!

To be considered for the 2019-2020 school program (fall Sept 2019 start), grade 8 students must fill out a student application form. This form will be sent home and available at each school. You can also apply directly on this page by clicking on the ‘Apply Here!’ button below. 

The form can be filled out by a teacher, guidance counsellor or principal on behalf of the student and their parent/ guardian or by the parent/guardian themselves and returned to the home room teacher.

If you are interested in PTECH please contact:

Wanda Compton
P-TECH Program Manger
Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office
201-201 Churchill Drive, Membertou First Nation

Phone: 902.562.4700 ext 3314
Email: wandacompton@mebons.ca


We are very excited about this opportunity coming to Unama’ki!

This is a partnership between the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK), the five First Nations communities in Unama’ki, IBM Canada, the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE), Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) and the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO) . In addition to our business partners, many business professionals in the region will be mentors to PTECH students. Our partners and mentors work with students throughout their PTECH career, guiding them through internships and putting graduates in line for jobs in their companies.

Our wish is for the success of our youth to be equipped with the skills needed to fill the jobs of the future right here in Unama’ki.

Download this information sheet to learn more!

Parent Information Sheet_program

Hear more from existing PTECH Grads from other schools by clicking this link below: