Allegany College of Maryland Launches P-TECH Pennsylvania

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February 25 Information Sessions Offered for High School Students in the Bedford County Service Region

EVERETT, Pa. (Feb. 9, 2021) – Allegany College of Maryland is proud to announce the debut of its P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) Pennsylvania initiative for rising area high school juniors and seniors interested in computers and technology. 

Beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year, qualified eleventh and twelfth graders will have the opportunity to take technology courses online at their own pace, or enroll in a two-year, 31-credit certificate in Cybersecurity through the ACM Bedford County Campus. All classes, including video conferences and labs, are offered online. Funding through a donation by Everett Cash Mutual Insurance Co. (ECM Insurance Group) is available to cover the cost of tuition, registration fees, and textbooks during the 2021-2022 academic year. The program requires a high-speed internet connection. 

To encourage participation, the ACM Bedford County Campus will host virtual information sessions at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on February 25. Pre-registration required. Details and registration information for Zoom sessions is available at

“The key to our P-TECH Pennsylvania program is its flexibility. Depending on their level of commitment, students may take a few courses or complete the entire cyber certificate program as part of a two-year sequence,” said Leah Pepple, ACM’s director of Pennsylvania Advancement and Community Relations. “No matter their P-TECH path, we’re here to help them gain confidence in their abilities to succeed in college.”

P-TECH Pennsylvania’s Cybersecurity certificate program is designed to prepare students for a career in cybersecurity, information assurance or network security and administration. Courses include, among others, Business Administration, Computer Literacy, Digital Forensics, Cyber Law, Operating Systems and Cisco Networking. Upon certificate completion, students will be prepared to sit for their Cisco and CompTIA industry certification exams. 

P-TECH Pennsylvania program students are encouraged to continue their studies at ACM after graduating from high school. Courses offered through the program can be applied towards an associate of applied science degree in Computer Technology – Area of Concentration in Cybersecurity or a different area of concentration within ACM’s Computer Technology program. 

The ECM Insurance Group spurred the creation of the P-TECH Pennsylvania program during conversations with the ACM Bedford County Campus. The company’s hopes for the program are two-fold: To inspire high school students to consider the tech industry as a possible career path and create a pipeline of highly trained IT employees for the private and public sector.

For more information about the program, interested students may call 814-652-9528, ext. 6202 or email They may also reach out to their guidance counselor or visit ACM’s P-TECH Pennsylvania website at

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