Schools eye grant for programs

JOHNSTOWN – Fourteen component school districts within Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services will apply jointly for a $2.8 million state grant that could provide $400,000 a year for seven years for high-tech training opportunities for area students.

Gloversville Enlarged School District is the lead fiscal agency, a news release said, while HFM BOCES is organizing the grant application for the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School program.

The grant would fund programs that combine high school, college and career training that is targeted to at-risk, disadvantaged students.

“If we are successful with our grant application, our schools will provide high-tech training opportunities that will open doors to well-paying careers that might otherwise not be an option for many area students,” HFM BOCES Superintendent Patrick Michel said in the release.

The application deadline is June 21. The state is expecting funds to be available for September.