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Advanced Alternative Energy

Alt energyThe alternative and "green" energy industry is exploding, with solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable sources of energy popping up in neighborhoods across the country.

 At Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School, the Advanced Alternative Energy program prepares high school students for careers that can literally make a world of difference. They learn about high-wage, high-skill, high-demand science and environmentally friendly technologies that will prepare them for college and beyond.

Fast Facts

Information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Job Projections: The National Center for O*NET Development also designated some green occupations as "Bright Outlook" occupations. Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow at a rapid rate from 2008-2018; expected to have 100,000 or more job openings from 2008-2018; or are new and emerging occupations in high-growth industries.
  • For information on specific careers in the industry, salaries and more, follow this link to a U.S. Department of Labor document on the green energy industry.

Video: view video clips of alternative energy & advanced construction technology Student works

How Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

During this two-year program, students solve problems and build the skills necessary to shape the future in the areas of photovoltaics, wind technology, advanced battery storage and smart home and smart grid energy-savings solutions. Students practice digital electronic theory and apply electrical circuit concepts in connection with advanced automated and robotics production to improve energy systems.

Students have opportunities to build, test and create, while taking part in interesting
work-based learning activities and focused field trips to local business and research facilities. They may earn four college credits through Hudson Valley Community College's College in the High School program.

Click here for the units of study.


College credits available to studentsStudent working in class

  • College in the High School credits — Hudson Valley Community College:
    • 3 credits in Direct Current Theory & Magnetism
    • 1 credit in Direct Current  Applications Laboratory


Post-Secondary Education:

  • Students are prepared to pursue further education in a range of areas, including a number of related technical degree programs offered by colleges in our region.



Teacher: David Patzarian  (Learn more about him)

Integration teachers: Brian Conway (Science) and Jeffrey Knorr (English). (Learn more about them by clicking the links)

Guidance couselor: Mary Lou Hamel (email Mary Lou)








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