Northern Borders Academy


Quick Info

How do I apply?

Students interested in applying to the Northern Borders Academy can do so in grades 8-10. The grant requirements give preference to students from the Malone, Salmon-River and Brushton-Moira school districts, however, all students are encouraged to apply. Students must complete an application with a writing component and submit a parent, school counselor and teacher recommendation. Each spring, there will be 30 slots open for the following school year. Please check with your school counselor for the specific application deadlines.  P-Tech Application

How are students selected for the program?

Completed applications received by the deadline are reviewed by the recruitment committee members and students are notified of acceptance within a few weeks of applying.

Selected students are required to attend a “Summer Bridge” program for incoming freshmen.

What about transportation?

Home school districts will transport students from their home school to P-TECH in the morning, and from P-TECH back to their school in the afternoon. This is a full day program.

P-TECH students are bused back to their schools in time to participate in sports and other after-school activities.

How is P-TECH funded?

New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School grant combined with a local school district tuition is paid as a per pupil fee.

P-Tech students simultaneously earn a Regents level high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree from North Country Community College at no cost to their families.

Is P-TECH for you?

P-TECH students simultaneously earn a Regents level high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree from North Country Community College at no cost to their families.

P-TECH students: 

  • Are motivated to learn in new and exciting ways 
  • Are innovative and creative
  • Are interested in applying science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Work well in a collaborative team environment
  • Thrive in non-traditional classroom setting
P-TECH Value

Gain an unparalleled educational experience and job connections, starting young, by joining the PTECH program. Anyone can be successful, this program lifts kids up from ALL backgrounds, attempting to battle barriers, and guides them into their career as a community leader, educator, health professional, advocate, etc.

A New Model for Secondary Education

Pathways in Technology Early College High School

Bringing the Workplace to the Students
and the Students to the Workplace

Create Your Pathway to a Career

Health Science, Human Services, Chemical Dependency,
or Criminal Justice

Planning For the Future

P-TECH is a place where students create their own pathways to success.

Where are you going in the future?

Building Bridges

Part of being a P-Tech student is building bridges

Northern Borders Academy P-TECH

Northern Borders Academy partners with North Country Community College  for Career Pathways.
Click on the pathway to be taken to more information on North Country Community College’s website.

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Job Shadowing is a Career Exploration activity in which a student is paired with an employee, observes the workday, interacts with clients or patients and attends meetings and other appointments with that employee.  Job Shadows are designed to help students explore a field of interest while developing skills and building occupational knowledge.  A Job Shadow occurs over most of the workday (2-5 hours), is conducted in the workplace and provides the opportunity for the student to ask questions of the person being shadowed  throughout the day.  While most Job Shadows are conducted over the bulk of the workday, variations exist, including allowing a student to rotate through a number of different departments over a number of days.  Job Shadowing provides P-TECH students the opportunity to interact with adults and practice the application of the P-TECH Professional Skills.  Students will be offered job shadow opportunities starting in their sophomore year.

Job Shadowing experiences are designed to promote:

  • Exploration of a field of interest
  • Exposure to adults, careers and jobs
  • Awareness of the academic, technical and personal skills required in particular jobs
  • Opportunity to practice communication, personal integrity and other professional skills

Most job shadowing placements occur during the February and April school breaks, and during the one-week Summer Bridge Program.

Career Coaching is a career exploration activity in which the student is matched one-on-one or in small groups with an adult professional to explore potential careers and related educational issues. The Career Coach serves as a resource for the student by sharing insights and providing guidance about the workplace, professionalism, careers and education through formal and informal meetings organized at the school, in the workplace or online.  Students are paired up with a Career Coach in their sophomore year and the student/Career Coach relationship continues through the end of the program.

Why is Career Coaching so important for a student?

  • Research shows that Career Coaches help students stay in school, stay focused and pursue their goals.
  • A Career Coach lets a young person know that someone cares, that they matter and can have a bright future.
  • A Career Coach can help a young person see the connection between what they learn in the classroom and the real world.
  • A Career Coach can help their student better communicate with and relate to adults.

Career Coaches and students will be matched by their coordinator.  Career Coaching school year activities include monthly workplace learning assignments and conversation via the on-line Career Coach portal, attending a Career and Workforce Exploration outing once per quarter, and a Career Coach Recognition Event in June.

Karin Blackburn
P-TECH Job Shadow & Career Coach Coordinator
Office:  315-379-7701
Cell: 315-854-4971

Our Mission & Vision

Northern Borders Academy is an educational community that develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring students who help create a better and more peaceful community and world through intercultural knowledge, understanding and respect.

P-Tech will provide:

  • An opportunity and access to post-secondary education for first generation and underrepresented college students.
  • An alignment of high school. college (NCCC) and community systems in health science, human services and chemical dependency counseling.
  • Local employers with access to a talented and skilled workforce.
  • The support of programs of study in high demand career areas.


23 Husky Lane
Malone, Ny 12953

School Info

Northern Borders Academy P-Tech
North Franklin Educational Center
Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES

Phone & Email

Kerri Keeler
(518) 483-6420 xt. 4060


Nicole Stowell
Assistant to Program Administrator
(518) 483-6420 xt. 4014





Featured students

Current Students of the Quarter

Lindsey Wendler
Malone Central School District

When it comes to her work, Lindsey has a laser-like focus. She is comfortable presenting to audiences large and small, and always strives for perfection. Lindsey is interested in one day becoming a neurotherapist.  She also is attracted to the counseling field and hopes to build a successful career helping others.

Jayson Dear
Salmon River Central School District

Jayson has a steady work ethic and goes above and beyond in his classes. Although his favorite class is history, Jayson’s career interests lie in the realm of Chemical Dependency & Mental Health Counseling.

Hannah Kaminski
Salmon River Central School District

Hannah is an outstanding student and a compassionate person.  In addition to her academic strengths, she is a model of positivity and professionalism.  She hopes to enter the medical field, but is unsure of which job is the right one for her.  Hannah loves hands-on work & is a great problem solver.



Career Pathways


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Get In Touch


North Franklin Educational Center 
Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES

23 Husky Lane, Malone, Ny 12953

Telephone: (518) 483-6420 xt 4060

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm