Career & Technical Education

  • Sparks fly as a welding student works on a piece of metal.

    Explore a career before entering college, technical school or the workforce.

Area high school students with all interests, talents and abilities can pursue traditional trades, licensed professions, and honors-level and college-level programs. Interested students should work with their home school guidance counselor to apply.

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    “I chose the manufacturing program because I want to avoid college debt and know I can get a good job in the field.”

    Demetreus Stoddard

    Manufacturing and Machining student

Faces of Career & Tech

Josiah Courtwright styles the hair of a mannequin in a Capital Region BOCES cosmetology classroom.

Cosmetology “Grew” On This Junior

Josiah Courtwright aspires to a career in real estate, but is working toward certification in cosmetology as a back-up plan.

NIskayuna Junior Adriana Holden works with a machine in a Capital Region BOCES HVAC/R classroom.

Blazing Trails In HVAC/R

Adriana Holden is following in her father’s footsteps—and blazing trails—in a traditionally male-dominated trade.

Schoharie junior Jacob Newell and a classmate work together in a Capital Region BOCES Diesel Tech classroom.

Junior Applies Skills On The Job With Albany City

Junior Jacob Newell is honing his diesel tech skills in the Albany City Heavy Vehicle Repair Shop.

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Find out why nearly 1,000 high school students spend their time with us. 

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75%
of our graduates pursue college or technical school degrees.
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95%
of our students graduate on time — well above the 75% state average.
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40 businesses
provide workplace experiences for our career & technical education students.
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18 of the 20
fastest growing occupations within the next decade require technical education. CTE helps students acquire this essential skill set.
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college articulation agreements offer students a chance to earn college credit while still in high school.
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6 unique programs
for students with special needs.