NHS Program of Studies: Career & Technical Education Overview

Career and Technical Education Programs Available to Niskayuna Students

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. Students can take courses at the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen, participate in New Visions programs at work-based sites in the region, or pursue programs at the BOCES CTE campuses. Students are eligible to participate in CTE courses beginning in tenth grade. Depending on the program, transportation is arranged so that students can take four courses at Niskayuna High School and attend a morning or afternoon session. 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. 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, talk to their school counselor and plan to attend an Open House with their families this winter.

Career and Technical Education Programs at Capital Region BOCES Campuses

Albany CTE Campus unless otherwise noted

  • Auto Body Collision Repair and Refinishing I and II
  • Automotive Trades Technology I and II
  • AYES Automotive Technician
  • Building Trades I and II
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice I and II
  • Culinary Arts and Hospitality Technology I and II
  • Culinary Arts Tech Prep
  • Diesel Tech I and II
  • Electrical Trades
  • Global Fashion Studies I and II
  • Health Careers, two-year sequence (Albany & Schoharie)
  • HVAC/R: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration I and II
  • Internet Application Design I and II
  • Network Cabling & Technician (Schoharie)
  • Pet Tech
  • Welding & Metal Fabrication I and II
  • Residential Construction/Heavy Equipment (Schoharie)
  • Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment (Schoharie)

Center for Advanced Technology @ Mohonasen

  • Engineering Technician
  • Game Design & Implementation I and II
  • Manufacturing & Machining Technology I and II
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Entertainment Technology I and II
  • Welding & Metal Fabrication I and II

BOCES New Visions Programs

New Visions programs offer college-bound high school seniors intensive exploration of career fields in a workplace-based, real-world setting.

  • Health Careers (based at either St. Peter’s Hospital or Ellis Hospital)
  • STEM @ RPI (based at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)*
  • Scientific Research & World Health (based at University at Albany’s Health Sciences Campus, Rensselaer)*
  • Visual & Performing Arts (based at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy)*
  • Theatre Institute at Sage Internship*

*Offered by Questar III BOCES