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Latest News from the Career and Technical Center

As school opens, 1,100+ students look to earn marketable skills for the future


CTE welcomes students from across the Capital RegionShader talks with students in the auto body repair classroom


More than 1,100 high school students from across the Capital Region entered the world of skilled labor, video game design, nursing and more on Wednesday as classes started at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Center's (CTE) three campuses.

Students from many of the 23 school districts served by BOCES started classes at the Albany, Schoharie and Mohonasen campuses on Wednesday, others will join their ranks on Thursday, Friday and Monday. Some are returning seniors, others first-year juniors but they all have something in common — a desire to learn a marketable career skill while still in high school.

"I am in the game design program (at Mohonasen's Center for Advanced Technology — CAT) because I have been into gaming since I was four and I always wanted to learn how it works and how games are designed. I think it would be a great career," said Austin Osterhaut, from Shenendehowa.

"I am thinking about being a surgeon so Capital Region BOCES CTE's Sterile Processing program is a good way of getting a look inside the world of healthcare," said fellow Shenendehowa student Ezra Anderson.Nicole Filkins polishes a table saw at Schoharie CTE.

For junior Nicole Filkins of Berne-Knox-Westerlo, attending CTE this year about finding a career.

"I am looking forward to getting my hands dirty and learning ... I am not sure what I want to do yet and I am hoping to figure that out here," she said.

Other students have a clear and concise goal they plan to accomplish this year.

"I'm looking forward to getting my Home Health Aide certification from CTE and graduating," said Destyni Faust from the Cohoes City School District.

The CTE students are learning middle skills, which are highly in demand. Everyone from President Obama to Gov. Cuomo have sounded the alarm in recent years over the need for workers to fill the middle skills jobs gap. TV personality Mike Rowe — of Dirty Jobs fame has carried the message to Congress, testifying in front of Congressional panel in recent years about the need for students to learn these skills.

In New York state, about 60 percent of the job opening are in the "middle skills” classification, but fewer than 40 percent of the available workforce have those skills, an expert in job
placement said last year. Darryl Nunn and Melvin Husband talk with students

"I expect this year to be a very good experience and a way to build my future," said Anderson.

In the top photo, teacher Chris Shader talks with students Will Ortiz of Shenendehowa, Tim DeCelle of Cohoes and Justin Hickey of Shenendehowa.

In the second photo, Nicole Filkins polishes a table saw at Schoharie CTE.

To the right, teachers Darryl Nunn and Melvin Husband talk with students.

Below, students Jovan Afzali of Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Devlan Matthews of Schoharie help chef Nancy Iannotti prepare her classroom at Schoharie CTE and Albany CTE cosmetology students are all smiles on opening day.




Jovan Afzali and Devlan Matthews help chef Nancy Iannotti prepare her classroom at Schoharie CTE. Cos girls smile

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