First-of-its-kind event draws 150-plus
From engineering tech to theater tech, the wide range of career and technical education (CTE) opportunities available to students were on display at the first-ever Niskayuna Family Night for Career & Technical Education on Thursday, Feb. 8. More than 150 members of the school community turned out at the Center for Advanced Technology @ Mohonasen to get a glimpse of programs that could be part of their future.
The event was held in partnership with Capital Region BOCES and Mohonasen. Niskayuna school officials have made it a priority to ensure that families are more fully aware of the range of educational opportunities available to them – and of the role that CTE programs play in preparing the workforce of tomorrow.
The open house format enabled attendees to explore the different classes offered at the Center for Advanced Technology, including welding, machining, gaming design and sterile processing, as well as learn more about BOCES programs at other locations in a variety of trade and service areas.
The event also featured a large group session with remarks from Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., Capital Region BOCES Senior Executive Officer Joseph P. Dragone, Center for Advanced Technology Principal Lisa Carnibucci and representatives from businesses and industry partners Simmons Machine Tool, Global Foundries and Albany Medical Center.
The partners emphasized the very real opportunities in the region that exist to earn a good salary and contribute to the local economy while putting a trade or a skill to use.
Dr. Tangorra said the evening was is part of an ongoing effort to make sure that students and families are aware of all the opportunities they have. CTE programs play an important role in preparing students to meet a need in the workforce in positions that are solidly middle class, and often provide a head start on advanced training and college.
“It is important to know that there are multiple pathways to future success and that all pathways are equally valuable,” he said. “There are wonderful learning opportunities across our entire program for students to challenge themselves, find a passion, and set the course for their future. The many career and technical education opportunities students have access to are part of this Niskayuna program.”
The district would like to thank Capital Region BOCES, the Mohonasen Central School District and the businesses and industry leaders for their hospitality and partnership in making this event possible for the Niskayuna community.