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Career & Tech is a Middle States accredited and NYSED approved school offering more than 40 programs of study for high school and adult students at campuses in Albany (Colonie) and Schoharie and several off-campus locations.
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shares love of cooking with students
'We couldn't do this without you'
'We couldn't do this without you'
On October 30, more than 100 advisory committee members gathered at Career & Tech's Albany campus for annual fall meetings with staff to provide valuable input about employment trends, regional developments and what students need to learn to succeed in today's competitive, global society
Representative from Wahl clippers visits with CTE Cosmetology students
Students from throughout the Capital Region have been selected to represent Career and Tech at the Skills USA competitions this year.
Forty percent of Richard Bader’s New Visions Law & Government students scored a perfect 5 on the May 2013 Advance Placement U.S. Government & Politics exam, compared to a worldwide average of 11.3 percent.
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Technology Teacher Chef Paul Rother and dozens of CTE students helped raise awareness and funds for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York at the 19th Annual Chefs & Vintners’ Harvest Dinner on September 19 at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia.
What do zombies and cosmetology students have in common?
What do zombies and cosmetology students have in common?Other than a taste for human flesh (not really), both rely on a comprehensive knowledge of makeup and human anatomy to be successful.
Every year, Scott Hamel, an educational assistant in Career & Tech's Automotive Trades Technology program, shares with his students his personal drag-racing car, an engineering marvel that goes from 0 to 60 in less than a second and has topped out at close to 203 mph.
On the 12th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, high school seniors in Richard Bader’s New Visions: Law & Government class read essays on how 9/11 has changed their lives, their thinking and the United States government, with the New York State Museum’s "The World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response" exhibition as their backdrop.
BOCES Career and Technical School’s Global Fashion students were a big hit at Colonie Center's Back to School Fashion Show on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Former BOCES Career & Tech student Casey Nunamacher appeared on the Today Show Monday morning, August 19, as part of the program’s “Fan Appreciation Week.” Read more
Health Careers for Adults expanding,
comes home to Albany CTE campus
After five years
off-campus, Health Careers for Adults
at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School
is returning to the Albany campus at 1015 Watervliet
Where learning meets fun
More than 35
teens from nearly two dozen Capital Region high schools
found the fun in science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) at SEMI High Tech U, a day camp offered by
a day camp offered by the Capital Region Career &
Technical School from July 23 to 26 at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community
College's TEC-SMART facility, Schenectady County
Community College and the College of Nanoscale Science
District Superintendent promotes STEM, Back To School Expo
Commercial with District Superintendent Charles Dedrick
to air on WNYT in coming weeks
District Superintendent Charles Dedrick recently spent an afternoon
in front of television cameras filming a commercial to promote
Capital Region BOCES and the annual
Back To School Expo. This year's event takes
place Sept. 7 at the Empire State Plaza convention
133 graduate from Adult Practical Nursing program
They'll answer rising demand for healthcare professionals
The Health Careers Center of the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School is answering the pressing need for healthcare professionals, graduating 133 local men and women from its Practical Nursing for Adult Students program at a June 25 ceremony at Proctors in Schenectady.
BOCES has been teaching health careers for more than 50 years and has educated literally thousands of the Capital Region’s licensed practical nurses and certified nurse assistants. Read more
Adult HVAC grads land cool jobs in hot career field
HVAC Certification & Training for Adult Students
teacher Frank Ando likes to say HVAC careers are "hot, cool and
everywhere," and a look at this year's graduating class proves him
Ten Capital Region residents recently marked their completion of the program, though a few of the graduates could not attend because they were already working in their new career field. Read more
YMCA camp gains another cabin, thanks to Building Trades class
YMCA Adventure Camp in Guilderland will soon have a new arts and crafts cabin thanks to the efforts of Doug Harple's Building Trades class. Work on the cabin began last fall in their classroom at Career & Tech's Albany campus, and the the project reflects the real-world, real-time, applied learning that is central to career and technical education. Read more
College and career readiness was the focus
College and career readiness was the focus of a June 4 video conference with State Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr. that was moderated by students in Career & Tech'sl New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies program and hosted at NERIC's Albany training rooms A and B.
The event connected journalism students from high schools and BOCES from throughout the state, allowing them to question the Commissioner about topics ranging from the Common Core and testing, to the availability of Advanced Placement and career and technical education courses, to teacher evaluation. Read more
Students from Clifton Park, Altamont, Mechanicville, Berne and Richmondville were presented with top honors at Career & Tech's annual awards ceremonies for Albany campus on June 3 and Schoharie campus on June 5. Congratulations to Outstanding Students of the Year Lauren Clark and Joshua Von Haugg and Joseph N. Fuchs Award winners Robert Batchelder, Gabriella Audino and Ryan Luffman. Read more
Greco awarded Evan M. Schwarz Helping Hand Scholarship
The 2012 Career & Tech alum is completing the Adult Welder course
Michael Greco, a student in Career & Tech's Welder Certification for Adult Students program, is the May 2013 recipient of the the Evan M. Schwarz Memorial Helping Hand Scholarship. A 2012 alumnus of Career & Tech's Welding & Metal Fabrication program for high school students, Greco was presented with the award on May 22 by John and Donna Schwarz during a ceremony in the school's orbital welding lab. Read more
Excellence times two: Career & Tech School students had to do doubly well to qualify for National Technical Honor Society
40 students earned high averages both at BOCES Career & Tech and their high schools
Forty studentswere honored for excellence in their career and technical education courses and academic studies at both Career & Tech and their home high schools by being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on May 21. The students achieved a 92 or higher average at Career & Tech, an 85 or higher overall average at their high schools, and five or fewer absences.
The Honor Society’s mission is to recognize student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence and enhance career opportunities. Attributes of Honor Society members include skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship, leadership and knowledge. Read the news release (pdf)
Students take their knowledge to another dimension
3D printer a unique and valuable tool for Alternative Energy & Advanced Construction Technology class
Students in Paul Roberts' Alternative Energy & Advanced Construction Technology class at Career & Tech's Albany campus are taking their projects, and their knowledge, to another dimension as they prepare for college and career.
The students use a three-dimensional (3D) printer to take their designs from a computer screen and paper to an actual model, a process known as rapid prototyping. The printer is the one of just a few of its kind available to students in the region, giving them a valuable head-start in their preparation for college and career. Read more
SkillsUSA champs credit CTE teachers for their success
State Education Department features Career & Tech videos on website
The New York State Education Department was seeking video testimonials by students in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, and Career & Tech answered the call. HVAC/R student Cody Largeteau spoke in front of the camera about how teacher Frank Ando is preparing him for success in career, college and even competition: Largeteau is ranked number one in New York state in his field of study after winning the recent SkillsUSA competition.
Culinary Arts Tech Prep student Rachel Gauthier spoke about her teachers, Chefs Paul Dolan and Mark Brucker, and how they prepared her for success in career, college and competition. Gauthier won the 2013 New York State SkillsUSA competition in Restaurant Service and will compete nationally. She is a senior at Career & Tech and Colonie Central High School. Through Career & Tech, she is enrolled in and earning a semester of credits in Culinary Arts program at Schenectady County Community College. View the videos on the State Ed website
Sign up now for high-tech, high-fun Career Pathways Summer Camps!
Career & Tech will again be offering SEMI High Tech U, a unique day camp for teens, this summer. Camp will run July 23-26, with a parent/guardian night on July 22. Locations will include the Center for Nanoscale Science & Engineering at U-Albany, TEC-SMART and more, where campers explore the cool worlds of nanotechnology, semiconductors and more.
The camp is sponsored by the Tech Valley Career Pathways Consortium through funding provided by the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 and the New York State Education Department. SEMI High Tech U Camp is also sponsored by Applied Materials, the Center for Economic Growth, GlobalFoundries, National Grid, NYSUT, TEL and Rick Cataldo, director, Tri-City Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Inc.
Tech Valley Summer Camp returns for teens as well, running from July 8-12. Locations include SUNY East Campus, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and more. Hands-on activities will focus on biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced materials, alternative energy, aviation, information technology and robotics.
The camps are offered at no cost due to scholarship support. To apply for either camp, visit http://summercamp.questar.org/
HVAC alumnus keeps GlobalFoundries clean rooms within a few degrees of critical operating temperature
Focus, investing time wisely, and learning at a “world-class” school: These were Career & Tech alumnus Anthony Lewis’ three keys to success. A 2011 graduate of the HVAC Certification & Training program for adult students, Lewis helps keep GlobalFoundries clean rooms within a few degrees of critical operating temperature, helping to ensure the smooth operation of the world's newest and most advanced computer chip fabrication foundry. Lewis returned to school to learn a career that would better provide for his family. He earned nationally recognized professional certifications in HVAC, as well as how to succeed in a competitive job marketplace. READ MORE
Career & Tech students & staff in the media
Students consider taking flight (Daily Gazette.com video, 4/28/13)
Plane ride gives students a taste of aviation careers (Daily Gazette, 4/28/13)
SkillsUSA: culinary competition (Times Union High School Blog, 3/18/13)
SkillsUSA Champions at Work 2013 (Times Union High School Blog, 3/18/13)
BOCES students shine in SkillsUSA competition (Times Union High School Blog, 3/18/13)
Photo gallery for SkillsUSA competition (Times Union High School Blog, 3/17/13)
BOCES is part of the solution (NYSUT Communications - February 12, 2013)
WAMC reports on New Visions students' 9/11 observance (WAMC radio, 9/11/2012)
CBS 6 interviews Adult Education Principal Kim Brizzell speaks about the BOCES GED program (WRGB TV/CBS 6, Albany, 9/6/2012)
See more coverage! Go to our Students in the Media page
Honors & Awards
Students are honored for achievement, attendance and good citizenship
We are proud of our students' successes here at Career & Tech. Visit our Honors & Awards On Campus page for the names of some of our honored students.
Adult Ed is Training Tech Valley today
Adults interested in training for
recession-proof careers should check out our
Nurse Assistant for Adult Students
program and our
Practical Nursing for Adult Students program. Classes are offered at our Health
Careers Center in Colonie. Visit the linked page or call (518) 862-4709.
Read more about: Adult Health Careers & Services, Welder Certification for Adults, HVAC Training & Certification for Adults, Machining and Welding for KAPL engineers, MSSC Certified Production Technician, free GED and ESOL classes, and more.
Serving others in our community
Community service is a big part of the learning experience at Career & Tech. Our students have built houses, helped area veterans, participated in charitable events and fund-raised for a variety of good causes. Faculty and staff also set a positive example, both in leading students and on their own. Click on the headlines below to learn more.
Career & Tech remembers
Thank you Mr. Kivort
Career & Tech and Capital Region BOCES lost a staunch supporters of education and opportunity for all upon the January 2013 passing of Stanley Kivort, past president of Kivort Steel in Waterford, N.Y. Kivort was an active member of Career & Tech's Business & Education Partnerships Advisory Committees, providing valuable guidance and perspective to school faculty and administration for many years regarding programs, careers and community service opportunities. Kivort was central to the establishment of the Capital Region Maritime Center on land he donated in Alplaus and where BOCES offered programs centered around boat building. He was well-known for his service to others through community and volunteer activities.
Thank you Mr. Todd
Career & Tech and the entire BOCES community mourns the August 2012 passing of former Welding & Metal Fabrication teacher Mike Todd. Todd retired in June after 10 years as a respected teacher, role model, innovator and creative leader at the Albany campus. He taught both high school and adult students and established the latest orbital welder technology, used in high-tech and clean-room environments, into the Career & Tech curriculum. He will be dearly missed by his students, alumni, Career & Tech colleagues and many friends and associates.
What others are saying about Career & Tech Education, the trades, society
If You’ve Got the Skills, She’s Got the Job
[". . . Who knew? Welding is now a STEM job — that is, a job that requires knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math." ]
By Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, 11/18/2012
"St. Paul - Traci Tapani is not your usual C.E.O. For the last 19 years, she and her sister have been co-presidents of Wyoming Machine, a sheet metal company they inherited from their father in Stacy, Minn. I met Tapani at a meeting convened by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to discuss one of its biggest challenges today: finding the skilled workers that employers need to run local businesses. I’ll let Tapani take it from here . . . READ MORE
Technician Shortage Highlights Technical Session at TMC (Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association)
By Truck Parts and Service Staff, 9/12/2012
"One of the trucking
industry’s biggest problems, the technician shortage, was center
Wednesday, Sept. 12 during the second technical session at TMC’s 2012 fall meeting in Pittsburgh. Moderated by David Foster of Southeastern Freight Lines, a six-team panel of technician educators, service managers and fleet maintenance managers gave their thoughts and advice on how to help service locations bring technicians into their business and keep them as employees." READ MORE/pdf
The key to high-tech jobs: Local schools give graduates instant credibility, panel says
By Larry Rulison,
Times Union, 9/11/2012
"Whether you are young or old, the best way to get a job in the rising local high-tech economy may be through local educational institutions. That was one of the major messages to those who attended the Tech Career Expo Monday at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena.
"The event, which was sponsored by the Times Union, the Center for Economic Growth, the UAlbany Alumni Association and Monster.com, drew hundreds of job-seekers. Dozens of local advanced manufacturing and technology companies exhibited . . ." Read more
Serious shortage of
skilled auto mechanics looming
By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
Today's tech-savvy high school students have an excellent opportunity to match a love of computers and skill with software with a rewarding and increasingly high-tech career: automotive technician. Impending retirements of master technicians and rapid changes in vehicle technology are creating a need for students trained in automotive and truck programs like the ones offered here at the Capital Region Career & Technical School. USA Today interviewed the teacher and students of one Los Angeles CTE program. View the video
Skilled workforce in high
demand, yet jobs are going unfilled!
CBS Evening News reported on the need for Career and Technical Education (CTE) to fill key jobs and allow grads to earn higher salaries, in the face of further proposed cuts in federal funding. Air Products' John McGlade, who's also SkillsUSA CEO Champion of the Year, highlights the role of CTE in preparing a skilled workforce needed by employers. The story also notes that CTE involves academic rigor and results in postsecondary credentials. link to video
Mike Rowe, creator of the
"Dirtiest Jobs" Discovery Channel cable TV show, testified before
Congress about society's disconnect from skilled jobs in the
[Note: Technology has transformed many jobs once considered 'dirty and difficult', but education and hands-on experience are still key]
This is your school: Keep it safe, healthy and clean
Parents/guardians needing to reach students should call the school office t 862-4800 for Albany, 295-3000 for Schoharie. The Health Careers Center for Adult Students may be reached at 862-4709. Cell phones (and other electronic devices) should be silenced during class time. And no smoking: New York State law prohibits smoking - by anyone - in schools and on school property.
In the event of inclement weather, students and their parents/guardians should follow school closing information provided by their home high schools. Students' home school districts determine whether or not to transport students, end their day early or close their high school campuses. Adult students should watch the media for school closings; their classes are cancelled if the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School is closed.
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