Career and Technical Education Center Celebrates National Career & Technical Education Month
l to r: Brandon Graham, Giuseppina Corrado, Sean Cohen, Katelyn Manning and Dana Hopkinson answered questions about their programs.
In recognition of National Career & Technical Education Month in February, the O-U BOCES Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) recently opened its doors to members of the press, local dignitaries and community members to showcase students and technical programs currently ongoing at the Center.
CTEC provides career and technical training for high school students in thirty-seven programs in twelve Career Academies as well as New Vision Programs for high-achieving high school seniors in Medical, Education, Engineering and Law & Government.
CTE students displayed projects exemplifying their best work in the lobby and hallways of the Center, and the Culinary Careers students, under the direction of their instructors Mark DeLorenzo and Karla Fulton prepared and served a delicious breakfast while an overview of the CTE programs was presented by administrators.
The highlight of the morning was a presentation by a student panel that included Brandon Graham, New Vision Law & Government, Monroe-Woodbury High School; Giuseppina Corrado, Education & Management 2, Middletown High School; Sean Cohen, Culinary Food Trades 2, Marlboro High School; Katelyn Manning, Cosmetology 1, Chester Academy; and Dana Hopkinson, Law Enforcement 1, Chester Academy. These students were engaging in their enthusiasm and candor as they spoke about their experiences at CTEC as well as their future plans and the jump start into their careers their technical education is providing.
Through a hands-on academic component in each classroom, CTE students integrate academics into their technical curriculum to meet their high school graduation requirements. Many of the O-U BOCES CTE Career Academies have been nationally accredited and feature the most recent trends in technology as well as instructors with the latest trade experience. CTE instructors are not only certified teachers, but they also are required to have worked a minimum of five years in their profession.
CTEC reinforces academics in traditional high schools by making reading, writing and math relevant in the context of actual professions. Especially in today's difficult career climate, it is critical for young people to be given options that enable them to continue to post-secondary education as well as develop relevant workforce skills.
For more information about the Orange-Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Education Center, please contact Jodie Yankanin, Director, at (845) 291-0310 or email@example.com.