Approximately 50 guidance counselors from Capital Region schools visited two Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) locations on Wednesday as part of BOCES' annual guidance day.
Representing schools as diverse as Schoharie and Niskayuna, Cohoes and Schalmont, Cobleskill-Richmondville and Guilderland, the counselors started the day with a tour of the new state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) at Mohonasenasen and finished with a meal prepared and served by culinary students at the Albany CTE campus.
Throughout the day, the counselors met with students and faculty, learning about the programs and students' experiences.
They also heard about the new programs BOCES will be rolling out during the 2017-18 school year, including information technology, sterile processing technician, agriculture technology, theatre and film production technology and botanical services.
"We will be pushing our programs to where the are jobs,â€� Dr. Valerie Kelsey, deputy director of career and technical education at Capital Region BOCES. "We need to get the message out there that these are where the jobs are. These are careers where employers are struggling to find workers.â€�
Kelsey said she joined faculty members in meeting with business leaders, state and federal education leaders and others to gauge the needs of the region and beyond and determine what CTE can do to help prepare students for the future while meeting the needs of employers and higher education.
"We are listening to industry, we are
listening to government, we are listening to our populations and we
are making adjustments according to that and offering the programs
and services that are needed,â€� she said.
In the top photo, a counselor from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) looks at the work of an RCS student in the alternative energy program at CTE.
To the right, welding teacher Chris Panney talks with visiting counselors.
Below left, culinary students talk to the visiting counselors.
Below right, John Yagielski, BOCES chief executive officer, speaks to the counselors.