The letter below was sent to families of students in grades 8-11 via School Messenger on Dec. 13.
Dear Niskayuna Families:
As you know, the Niskayuna High School Program of Studies for 2018-19 was recently distributed to students in grades 8 through 11. As the process of selecting courses for next year begins, I want to make sure our families are aware of all of the offerings available to them, including Career & Technical Education (CTE) opportunities.
The program at Niskayuna High School is exceptional and offers rewarding academic experiences in all academic departments. I want to encourage our students and families to see CTE offering through BOCES as part of this program – and potentially as part of their pathway to graduation and future success.
Typically students in grades 11 and 12 take part in CTE courses, with the specific grade level depending on the course. Yet, we want to make sure that all students are aware of these opportunities as they think about the future. Most of the programs are half-day, and students can still participate in a range of extracurricular and interscholastic athletic programs at Niskayuna High School.
These offerings include hands-on programs in high-tech, opportunities in a wide range of trades and service areas, and New Visions programs in healthcare and government that are based near local hospitals and the state Capitol. The majority of CTE courses are located at the BOCES Albany CTE campus (on Watervliet-Shaker Road in Colonie) and the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen.
Descriptions of CTE offerings for students next year are on pages 15-20 of the Niskayuna High School Program of Studies (accessible here) and can be found on the BOCES website. A listing of upcoming open houses where students can see programs and learn more is at the end of this letter.
While CTE programs do help prepare students to go directly into the workforce, they also enable them to earn college credit and achieve industry certifications – giving them a head-start on advanced training or a degree. Many CTE students graduate with an Advanced Regents diploma and are also able to take AP courses.
Typically students in grades 10-12 take part in CTE courses, with the specific grade level depending on the course. Yet, we want to make sure that all students are aware of these opportunities as they think about the future. Most of the programs are half-day, and students can still participate in a range of extracurricular and interscholastic athletic programs at Niskayuna High School.
In addition to the open houses listed below, we are working on a night specifically for Niskayuna families at the Center for Advanced Technology. More details will be forthcoming. I also encourage students and families who have questions or are interested in learning more to contact their school counselors or my office.
The work we are doing to implement our District Strategic Plan includes making sure all students can take the path that is right for them. We want students to engage in learning that they are passionate about and sets the stage for future success. Such programs can be found across our program, including through BOCES.
Thank you for your attention to this information, and please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Career & Technical Education Open Houses & Student Visits
(Students should contact their counselor for specific details)
Albany CTE Center Open House
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New Visions Program Open House
- Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018: 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday, Jan. 22, 2018: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
CTE Presentation at Niskayuna High School College Night
Wednesday, March 7: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Student Visits to the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen and Albany CTE Center (by bus during the school day)
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018