Niskayuna students have access to a variety of career and technical (CTE) training and experiential learning programs through Capital Region BOCES. These programs have evolved considerably in recent years and include:
- Courses at The Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen;
- CTE programs at the BOCES CTE campuses and New Visions programs, including those based at a regional hospital and near the State Capitol;
- The interdisciplinary, project-based attend Tech Valley High School.
Students are eligible to participate in CTE courses beginning in tenth grade. Transportation is arranged so that students can take four courses at Niskayuna High School and attend a morning or afternoon session. Students can participate in extracurricular clubs and athletics at Niskayuna High School. Students taking CTE courses are typically pursuing a Regents – or Advanced Regents – diploma. In fact, in recent years, the state has updated graduation requirements to enable CTE programs and other approved coursework to count toward graduation requirements.
A Head Start on the Future
While CTE programs often help prepare students for a career, several of them enable students to achieve industry certifications and earn college credit – giving them a head-start on advanced training and a degree.
Students interested in learning more should view more detailed course descriptions here, talk to their school counselor and plan to attend an Open House with their families.
CTE courses have been developed based on the skills and training that are in demand by employers, as well as where there are job opportunities today. These courses allow students to:
- Enter a trade or career pathway and immerse themselves in a hands-on learning setting for a half-day or longer;
- Earn early college credits;
- Earn credit toward graduation from high school;
- Gain practical experience and industry connections while learning;
- Prepare for further trade, technical and/or advanced training.