Students Gain Real-World Experience Through Business Partnerships

Thanks to our many partnerships with business and industry, students in our career and technical education programs get to put their knowledge and skills into play while they learn—gaining practical knowledge of the field they are pursuing and making meaningful professional contacts, too.

Take for example the behind-the-scenes experience students in our Theatre and Film Production Technology class recently had through the Broadway Tech Career Exploration Program at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady:

For four days in late September, Seniors Tyler Blackman of Scotia-Glenville, Maddie Hurley of Schalmont, Samantha Dell’Acqua of Guilderland, Emily Dahlin of Schoharie and Daniel Morrissette of Shenendehowa worked with the backstage crew of Broadway musical Anastasia to prepare for the opening of the show.

“The students were immersed in all aspects of the backstage production—learning skills and hearing about professional experiences from production, costume, sound, lighting and scenic technicians,” explained teacher Jeffrey Knorr. “They helped with the set-up of the stage and learned about the ‘teching’ process for preparing a show for a tour.” 

“This was a great opportunity for our students and another great example of the business-education partnership working together to improve the learning and experiences of our students,” said Nancy Liddle, business liaison for Capital Region BOCES.

The Entertainment Technology program is operated by Capital Region BOCES at the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen. Approximately 20 students from across the region are enrolled in the program with an eye on a career behind the scenes of movie or theatrical productions.

Become a business partner

Strong business and education partnerships enable our Career & Technical schools and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) prepare students for the workplace of today and tomorrow.

Faculty and staff work hand-in-hand with area business leaders to ensure the skills they seek in employees are being taught in our classrooms.

Additionally, through these partnerships, students are offered work-based learning opportunities that allow them to learn real world skills in a real world setting. 

Interested in becoming a business partner? Contact us:

Career and Technical School
Nancy Liddle, business and community liaison

Karen Fox, Capital Region Chamber, director of education initiatives