Why Choose Pathfinder Tech?
Celebrating over 40 years!
We have celebrated over 40 years of providing quality technical education to the communities of Belchertown, Granby, Hardwick, Monson, New Braintree, Oakham, Palmer, Ware, and Warren.
We currently are a school of choice.
“All students, regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational or vocational programs offered by the district.”
Pathfinder Tech At A Glance
We are highlighting another technical program this week, Horticulture!
The write up on the program is as follows,
"The Horticulture program encompasses the following; Greenhouse Management & Production, Floral Design, Executive Landscape Maintenance, Arboriculture, and Landscape Construction. Horticulture is a heavily science based program that prepares students for both the job market and higher education."
This week's #FacultyFeatureFriday is our Cooperative Education Coordinator and Grants Administrator Mrs. Maggie Nugent. After graduating from Holyoke High School, Mrs. Nugent attended UMASS Amherst where she obtained her degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Administration. After graduating from college she had a long career in the restaurant industry.
She chose to have a career in education because she had the opportunity to pursue a position as a culinary arts teacher at Putnam Vocational Technical High School in Springfield and then at Smith Vocational in Northampton and Holyoke Public Schools before coming to Pathfinder Tech. She says, "I have never looked back and I love having the opportunity to work in career and technical education."
Something Mrs. Nugent loves about working here is the opportunity to work with our amazing students and find co-op opportunities to enhance their educational experience, Beyond finding co-op opportunities she loves finding grants to assist in benefitting our students. She finds that the "outstanding students and staff" make her job easy.
Outside of work, Mrs. Nugent and her husband own and operate a small farm in Granby that is a labor of love. They raise beef cows, pigs, turkeys, and chickens. They also keep bees and have over 500 taps for maple syrup. Mrs. Nugent also has a horse, Honey (pictured), and two golden retrievers, Ben and Maple. Most of all though she loves spending time with their 6 children and 3 (+1 on the way!) grandchildren!
Our #WhyPTWednesday series continues today with Cameron Macdonald! Cameron is a 10th grader in our Programming and Web Development program. Pathfinder Tech is a good fit for him because he feels that his teachers and coaches have shaped him into being a great student and athlete but have also helped him through times when he has struggled.
If he could tell an 8th grader thinking of coming to Pathfinder Tech anything it would be that trying your best during exploratory is crucial, don't quit when it gets hard, and to have good grades.
When Cameron graduates he wants to apply for jobs in the programming field which aligns with his technical program.