New CTE Programs

CTE Enhances Program Offerings
Posted on 10/07/2021

CTE has expanded its course offerings this year to include several new and enhanced programs for high school students.

The expansion includes new opportunities for seniors in the culinary and automotive industries, a broader experience in the animal science field, and a new CTE exploration course for ninth graders.

“The goal of all of our programs, and CTE in general, is to expose students to all of the industries that exist in this area in an effort to retain talent in the region,” CTE Principal Erin Noto said. “These new and expanded programs give students more opportunities to explore different career options with our talented staff and our local business partners.”

Auto Collision Repair: Seniors in this two-year program are now embedded at the Davidson Auto Group in Rome, completing their classroom studies at the dealership and their hands-on lab work alongside industry professionals. Students learn trade skills, business operations, and workplace professionalism in a real-world setting. The program follows the model adopted by the Automotive Technology class, which has embedded its seniors at the Nye Auto Group in Oneida for the past four years. Juniors in both programs continue to learn the basics in their MOBOCES campus classrooms.

Advanced Culinary Experience: A one-year program for select seniors who exceled as juniors in the Culinary Arts program and intend to pursue a career in the culinary industry. These students work on more demanding and advanced cooking techniques, study the restaurant business, and complete college-level work to earn a Kitchen Competencies micro-credential through MVCC.

Equine & Animal Science: This two-year program has moved off campus into the Agriculture wing at VVS High School and now devotes 50% of the program to small and companion animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits and hamsters. Students complete similar work to the Equine Science section of the program, including animal anatomy and physiology, care and breeding, training, and various career paths in the animal care field, such as veterinary technician and farm/stable management. During the Equine sections of the class, students still visit a local barn for hands-on work with horses.

Foundations of CTE 9: A one-year CTE exploration course for ninth graders with a focus on engaging students in academics and career planning using a focus on the humanities. Students learn through a series of dynamic, hands-on projects in a variety of fields and complete their Living Environment Regents credit. The program builds on the success of the long-standing Foundation 10 program, which engages tenth graders through hands-on work in the construction trades.

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