Pathways in Technology, Early College High School 

What is it?

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). There is up to a six year commentment from students and parents. Upon completion the grads will be transforming the education landscapeandbe equipped with the skills needed for future jobs.

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?

In order to be considered for the 2019-2020 program (Start in the Fall 2019), Grade 8 Students must fill out both a Student Application form and a Student Recommendation form.

Students must submit a completed student recommendation form. This form is filled out by a teacher, guidance counsellor, or principal on behalf of the student.

There are 20 spaces available and is open to all Unama’ki Youth. Selected students are expected to attend conferences, and group activities. Meals, accomadations and transportation will be arranged for all students.

PTECH Camp

In February 2019, a camp will be held in Membertou.  This will be for students in Grades 8 interested in the PTECH program. The camp with be a joint effort with the MEBO, MK and IBM Canada. The camp will have hands-on science and engineering activities to help youth build self-confidence, stay in school, study math and sciences, and pursue careers in technology.  Details will be shared at a later date.

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

www.mebons.ca

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

This is a partnership between the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO), the five First Nations communities in Cape Breton, IBM Canada, the Nova Scotia Community College, the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE), Nova Scotia Department of Education, Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey (MK) and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). 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.

Hear more from existing PTECH Grads from other schools:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZn05NZko48

 

**Please Note: This page will be updated with the Student Application and Student Recommedation Forms attached when they become available**