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Capital Region Career & Technical School

2011-12 School Year Home Page Archive - Career & Tech

 

June 2012

New Visions: Law & Government students ace AP exam

Career & Tech's New Visions: Law & Government class of 2012 continued a tradition of acing on the Advanced Placement (A.P.) exam in U.S. Government & Politics. Eleven of the 12 students in the class chose to take the exam in May, and not only did all pass, but they scored higher than the national average. Advanced Placement exams enable high school students to earn college credit. READ MORE

In late May, the New Visions: Law & Government students capped a year of studying the legal, judicial and governmental worlds with a real-life, five-day experience in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

Outstanding students made their marks in computers, criminal justice and culinary arts

They hail from Duanesburg, Schenectady and Watervliet

Career & Tech's top students for 2012 made their marks in computer network technology, criminal justice and culinary arts and were presented with top honors at the school’s Albany campus awards ceremony on June 5 at Proctors in Schenectady and Schoharie campus ceremony on June 6 at the Days Inn, Schoharie. READ MORE

Scholarship extends a Helping Hand to Welding students

When Nathan Rossman decided to change his career and learn a trade that promised more secure employment, the 35-year-old Colonie resident chose welding, a profession he knew about from his dad. Unlike his father, who attended a local welding school, Rossman chose Career & Tech's Adult Welder Certification program for his education. A recent honor will help further his quest to become a certified welder. READ MORE

Calling all campers: Still time to sign up for two great camps!

Human calculators, robots that obey their creators' commands and visits to some of our region's coolest high-tech places are on tap as two very popular day camps for teens return this summer, thanks to Capital Region Career & Tech and the Tech Valley Careers Pathways Consortium. There are still openings in SEMI High Tech U Camp and Build a Better Robot Camp, which are offered for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall. READ MORE

Serving others in our community

A cup for a cause: Transition & Retail Services students raise hundreds through their Coffee Charities program

Community caring shows among students in Ms. McDonough's Vocational Training & Transition and Retail & Office Services classes, and sometimes it came with a cream and two sugars. "The students' Coffee Charities program was a fantastic success, and they were very proud to support their community," McDonough said. "Each month, the students picked the charities to assist through coffee sales, and they could not have done it without the support of our entire campus."

For the 2011-12 school year, the students helped the following causes:

  • September- Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort - $100
  • October- Mohawk Hudson Humane Society - $151.35
  • November - Albany Ronald McDonald House - $150
  • December - Schenectady Inner City Mission Christmas Toy Store Program - $200
  • January - 2 yr. Anniversary for Haiti Earthquake Recovery - $150
  • February - "Jams for Jeff" Fundraiser - $140
  • March - St. Baldricks Cancer Research Center - $179
  • April - Villalobos Rescue Center- Pit Bull Rehabilitation Program - $125
  • May/June - Double H Hole In the Woods Camp - $250

Community service is a big part of the learning experience at Career & Tech. Our students have built houses, helped area veterans, participated in charitable events and fund-raised for a variety of good causes. Faculty and staff also set a positive example, both in leading students and on their own. Click on the headlines below to learn more.

 

May 2012

Building a better beehive

Build a better beehive: That was Eli Martinez’s goal. And build it, he did. Martinez, a student in Paul Robert’s Carpentry Services class at Career & Tech’s Albany campus, is interested in raising his own food and living green. Beekeeping is a natural fit with both of his goals. READ MORE

It's excellence times two for National Technical Honor Society students

Thirty-eight Career & Tech students were honored for excellence in their career and technical education courses and academic studies by being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on May 18. The students achieved a 92 or higher average at Career & Tech, an 85 or higher overall average at their high schools, and five or fewer absences. READ MORE

Floral Design class offers arrangements special occasions

Bloomers, a flower shop run by students in Ms. Bugler's Floral Design class at Career & Tech's Albany campus, takes orders for holidays and special occasions. Call during schooldays: (518) 862-4780.

Students get fueled with facts about clean energy, power-full careers

Clean energy, efficient transportation and power-full career opportunities were the lessons of the day on May 10, when 27 students, their teachers, teaching assistant and staff from the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School visited National Grid’s Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station and vehicle maintenance facility at 1125 Broadway in Albany. They also witnessed the power of 7,000 volts in a live line demonstration. READ MORE  READ THE NEWS RELEASE     VIEW THE YNN TV NEWS STORY       READ THE TIMES UNION ARTICLE

 

April 2012

Tessa Czajkowski is #1 in the state in Floral Design

Floral Design student Tessa Czajkowski is number one in her field after winning the state championship in floral design at the New York State SkillsUSA Competition in Syracuse April 25-27. Criminal Justice student Tyler Reinemann and Electrical Trades student Derek Struck took second place in the state in criminal justice and residential wiring, respectively. Culinary Arts student Rachel Gauthier brought home a statewide third place award in food and beverage service. Also at the event, two officers of Career & Tech’s Schoharie campus SkillsUSA chapter were elected SkillsUSA National Delegates. READ MORE

Lessons teach more than technique in Cosmetology class

When Cosmetology students at Career & Tech's Albany campus learned about thermal pressing of African American hair recently, they gained more than technical knowledge of how to style while protecting hair health and beauty. The high school juniors also learned about one of the first African American millionaires of the 20th Century, Madame C.J. Walker, a pioneer in beauty product development, sale and education. READ MORE

Upcycling in color:

Student's stained glass project turns trash into art

With a bit of colored glass, some silicone and grout, Career & Tech Carpentry Services student Robert Ganley of Scotia turned a discarded wooden window into a luminous work of art he can now display in his home. "Some call it recycling, others upcycling, but Robert used both recycled glass and a discarded window to make something creative and functional rather than throwing it out" said Carpentry Services Teaching Assistant Sue Ruscitto. READ MORE

“The Red Coats are coming!” - Students receive $24K SkillsUSA/Lowe's grant

Career & Tech students and staff received a giant check for a giant cause on April 17, when New York State SkillsUSA Coordinator Bruce Potter presented them with a $24,000 Lowe’s/SkillsUSA Community Rebuilding Grant for use in repairing two Schoharie County parks and a cemetery damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee. Career & Tech was one of just two schools that were awarded grants from more than 100 applicants nationwide. At the grant award ceremony, Village of Schoharie Mayor John Borst, surrounded by students dressed in crimson SkillsUSA blazers, noted, “It’s not a coincidence they are carrying out this work at the same time as the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Schoharie Valley, because again, ‘the Red Coats are coming!’” READ MORE

New Metal Fabrication and Machining class offered for adult students

The Capital Region BOCES Adult Education program and Career & Tech are now offering Metal Fabrication and Machining, a 100-hour course that will equip adult students with skills sought by area employers. The program combines technical shop work with classroom theory to teach basic knowledge of the metal lathe, milling machines, basic sheet metal layout and fabrication, as well as welding and cutting processes. Classes begin in April and will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 - 8:30 p.m. at Career & Tech's Albany campus, a part-time, evening study schedule that accommodates the needs of adults. READ MORE

Alternative Energy & Advanced Construction Technology course prepares students for cutting-edge careers while giving them a jump on college

Hands-on and high-tech - the future is here

Robotics, solar and wind energy, 3-D design and automated manufacturing, next generation battery power, green construction - students in Career & Tech's Alternative Energy & Advanced Construction Technology program explore all of this and more in an exciting new course where they also earn college credit. read more          view a videoclip of class

 

March 2012

Middle States Team concludes positive visit to Career & Tech

An accreditation evaluation team from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools concluded a very positive, weeklong visit to Career & Tech on March 23, including both campuses of the school, the Adult Health Careers Center at Rosewood Plaza and the off-campus New Visions programs. The team's visit was the culmination of a multi-year effort by BOCES' CTE division to pursue re-accreditation. While the team told CTE staff they would be making such a recommendation, their findings and report must first be fully reviewed by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. READ MORE

Insider's view connects CNT/IT class with high-tech New York State Office For Technology

Students in Dave Patzarian's Computer & Network Technician/Information Technology (CNT/IT) class recently got an insider's tour of the New York State Office For Technology (OFT), learning about levels of support, OFT's testing lab and specialized uses of Telecommunications cables, as well as engineering and disaster recovery considerations for mainframes. The students also engaged in an open discussion with OFT employees about their careers. READ MORE

Middle States re-accreditation would affirm “A quality of education that the community has a right to expect and the education world endorses”

This week, March 20-23, BOCES' Career & Technical Education (CTE) division, which includes both campuses of the Career & Technical School, the Adult Health Careers Center at Rosewood Plaza and the off-campus New Visions programs, welcomes an accreditation evaluation team from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

CTE has been accredited since 2000, and is seeking reaccreditation. The Middle States process is an ongoing, strategic planning effort, rather than a short-term preparation for an accreditation evaluation visit. Our staff, community members and students all help move the division and school in a positive direction through their involvement in the steering committee and various subcommittees and by continuously contributing their input and feedback.

“Middle States Accreditation is the affirmation that a school provides a quality of education that the community has a right to expect and the education world endorses,” said Career and Technical Education Executive Principal Terry Swett. READ MORE

Heavy Equipment & Construction students will really dig this grant

Amidst some blustery snow showers on Friday, March 9, students at Career & Tech's Schoharie campus joined with school staff, administration, BOCES Board of Education members and Faith Takes, President and Founder of the Faith Takes Family Foundation for a special ceremony to unveil a bulldozer purchased with the help of a $17,000 grant from the foundation to replace one lost to flooding by Tropical Storm Irene. Schoharie Mayor John Borst, Assemblyman Pete Lopez and Congressman Paul Tonko spoke at the event, praising the teamwork of Career & Tech students, BOCES and the Schoharie Valley community. READ MORE, SEE PHOTOS

Albany campus fire alarm

On Friday, March 16, at 10 a.m., the fire alarm was activated in F building on Career & Tech's Albany campus, which immediately triggered the fire department to respond. Inspection of the pull stations and smoke detectors was completed. None of the detectors or pull stations were found in the trip mode, and the fire department cleared all to re-enter the building. The system re-set without issue. No students or staff were in any danger at the time. It's suspected that exhaust from an engine could have accidentally tripped a sensor. [3/16/12]

 

February 2012

Career & Tech students win big at SkillsUSA Regionals

Nearly four dozen Career & Tech students won awards at the March 14 SkillsUSA Regional Competitions at Schenectady County Community College, where they competed against their peers in career skills, knowledge and employment skill contests. Team Career & Tech brought home 13 first-place trophies, eight 2nds, ten 3rds,13 4ths and three 5th place awards. Several students will go on to the New York State SkillsUSA competition April 25-27 in Syracuse. Dallas Mesick of Duanesburg, a Criminal Justice student at Schoharie Career & Tech, is not only that campus’s SkillsUSA chapter president, but also serves as New York State SkillsUSA president. In that position, he leads more than 10,000 career and technical education students like himself in activities that build professional and personal skills. Participating in SkillsUSA, says Mesick, is a “life-changing experience.” READ THE NEWS RELEASE

Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, Al Capone's prison cell among Philadelphia sites visited by New Visions: Law & Government students

Career & Tech's New Visions Law & Government class traveled to Philadelphia in January, where they visited Independence Hall, Congress Hall, the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center and the Eastern State Penitentiary, known for reforming prisons to places of rehabilitation. The students, all of whom are college-bound seniors, also met with officials from the Philadelphia District Attorney's office. Through the Apple Hostel in the Old City section of Philadelphia, they became acquainted with their peers from Brazil, England and Thailand.

SkillsUSA/Red Cross Blood Drive may save nearly 200 lives

A Feb. 3 Red Cross Blood Drive held by students active in SkillsUSA at Career & Tech's Albany campus may potentially save 192 lives. Nearly 80 people volunteered to donate, including students and staff, and a total of 64 units of blood were collected. Many were first-time donors. "That means our blood drive may save as many as 192 lives," said SkillsUSA Advisor Gretchen McDonough, pictured at left with SkillsUSA  treasurer and Criminal Justice student Ravean Singleton. READ MORE

Lowe's grant will help students repair storm-damaged parks

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $24,000 grant to Career & Tech for repairing three Lasell and Fox Creek parks in the Village of Schoharie, which were badly damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee. Students will also build a storage shed for the Sloansville Valley Cemetery. READ MORE   VIEW THE WNYT.COM NEWS STORY 

Cooking collaboration lets students showcase skills, explore careers, make new friends

A fun-filled visit to Career & Tech's Albany campus Culinary Arts kitchens in February may have been just the thing the fourth and fifth graders in BOCES Special Education Teacher Joan Brucker’s deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) class needed to convince them that breakfast is the most important—and, when it’s made from scratch, delicious—meal of the day. During their visit to Chef Mark Brucker’s kitchen (yes, the Bruckers are both BOCES colleagues and husband and wife) the students learned the tools of the trade as they prepared a bounty of breakfast treats—French toast, waffles and pancakes were some of the items on the menu—alongside the teens who are studying culinary arts at Career & Tech. READ MORE 

Regent Jackson tours Career & Tech, talks with students

Game development, orbital welding, the court system and solar energy were just some of the topics students and teachers talked about with New York State Board of Regents Member Dr. James O. Jackson during his Feb. 3 tour of Career & Tech's Albany campus. Regent Jackson was joined by Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charles S. Dedrick, Questar III BOCES Assistant Superintendent Dr. Andrew DeFeo, and Career and Technical Education Executive Principal Terry Swett. READ MORE, SEE PHOTOS

 

NEW START DATE!

Career & Tech, SCCC team to train skilled manufacturing workers

A course offered at Career & Tech by BOCES Adult Education and endorsed by Schenectady County Community College will train local adults to become Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technicians.

Enrollment is currently underway in the class, which begins on Feb. 27. According to SCCC President Quinton B. Bullock, the college "consistently hears from manufacturing employers looking for ways to increase the talent pool of skilled technicians. . . This joint partnership with Capital Region BOCES is an excellent example of two dedicated groups working together to address a critical regional need." READ MORE

New Visions is the college advantage - Join us for February Open Houses

Do you know a college-bound high school junior interested in medicine, journalism or law who'd like to get jump on his or her studies and a proven advantage for college applications? Learn more at New Visions Open Houses at Career & Tech's Albany campus, room B4, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Feb. 13 for New Visions: Health Careers, Feb. 14 for New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies, Feb. 15 for New Visions: Law & Government.

Feb. 16 is a snow date for any postponed open houses. An evening Open House for all programs also will be held on March 7, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the same location. New Visions programs offer high school seniors unmatched, first-hand experiences for which most students have to wait until college, grad school or even med school. learn more! Download: New Visions flier & open house dates for 2012

This lunch was truly international
Career & Tech students welcome their peers from Tianjin, China

Career & Tech students and staff welcomed their peers from Tianjin High School, China, on Jan. 18, when they hosted a delegation of 29 students and faculty members for a special lunch at Career & Tech's Albany campus.  

The delegation is visiting the U.S. as the guests of Tech Valley High School, which is run jointly by the Capital Region BOCES and Questar III. The Chinese students a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students and featuring American fare including paella, St. Louis barbecue, chicken fried steak, mini cheesecakes and cupcakes.

Career & Tech's Floral Design students created floral centerpieces for each table which featured American and Chinese flags set in red, white, blue and gold flowers. Students in the school's SkillsUSA chapter served as ambassadors, making their visitors feel welcome while talking over lunch about school, pets, music and other topics of shared interest. Many took photos of each other. The international lunch coincided with a presentation on career and technical education in America. Full article and photos

Middle States: Strategic Planning for Student Success

From March 20-23, 2012, Career & Tech is scheduled for an accreditation evaluation visit by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Our school is currently accredited and is seeking reaccreditation. Middle States accepts comments about our school's qualifications for accreditation and will consider them when making its accreditation decision. Read more or download the official Notice of Evaluation for Accreditation

 

January 2012

With dreams as unique as their cultures, these students are unified by a desire to learn English

John MacDonald teaches English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) to adult students through the BOCES Adult & Continuing Education program. He recently asked his students, who moved to the United States from a wide diversity of countries and cultures from around the world, to "write a little piece about why and how they came to America, and what their dreams for the future are.

We called it 'The Journey Project'," MacDonald said, noting, "When I started teaching ESL to a group of adults, I thought I was simply teaching the English language to people who were just learning it for the first time. I never realized how close I would get to them and the respect I gained from them from all they went through just to get here.

"They are all very good people with families either here or back in their home country, and they all have their unique dreams and things they want to accomplish here. I truly hope they get everything they wish for."   Download a pdf of "The Journey Project" including photos of the authors.

Welding is a family thing for newest Evan M. Schwarz Helping Hand Scholarship recipient

When sparks fly in the LaPlante family, it's a good thing. And now, with a $500 award from the Evan M. Schwarz Helping Hand Memorial Scholarship, Amyjane LaPlante will be upgrading her gear as she continues to advance her career and earn additional national certifications through the Adult Welder Certification program at Career & Tech. READ MORE

School-day Open House for students & parents is Jan. 26

Career & Tech's Albany campus welcomes 10th & 11th grade students and their parents/guardians to our annual School-Day Open House, Thursday, Jan. 26, from 8:30 -10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Save the date, spread the word, and join us for tours, demos and fun. DOWNLOAD THE POSTCARD

Welding is a family thing for newest Evan M. Schwarz Helping Hand Scholarship recipient

When sparks fly in the LaPlante family, it's a good thing. And now, with a $500 award from the Evan M. Schwarz Helping Hand Memorial Scholarship, Amyjane LaPlante will be upgrading her gear as she continues to advance her career and earn additional national certifications through the Adult Welder Certification program at Career & Tech. READ MORE

 

December 2011

WMHT-TV's American Graduate project explores why students drop out

It is not uncommon for students to tell us that their positive experiences at Career & Tech kept them in school and inspired them to move forward with their lives. Learning a career, working hands-on, having a fresh start, meeting students from other schools, sharing experiences with their peers, learning in smaller classes - all are factors cited by successful students in our Career & Technical Education and Alternative Education programs. With this in mind, Career & Tech participated in WMHT-TV's American Graduate Town Meeting the evening of Nov. 10 at the WMHT studios in Troy, which was broadcast on Nov. 17 and available on the web. watch the Town meeting   LEARN MORE

 

student at military fairMilitary offers career options

Sgt. Andre Chao of the U.S. Marine Corps. talks with Criminal Justice student Skye Wilson (Guilderland HS) at Career & Tech's Military Career Fair on Dec. 14. Wilson is planning a career in law enforcement. Sgt. Chao is an alumnus of WSHWE BOCES' Culinary Arts program.

 
Getting creative at Bloomers: Floral Design students offer arrangements for holidays, special occasions

Make your holiday more festive. Bloomers, a flower shop run by students in Ms. Bugler's Floral Design class at Career & Tech's Albany campus, is taking orders for arrangements and flowers for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and other special occasions. Call (518) 862-4780.

 

November 2011

Culinary alum cooks up Colorado competition win

Practices were hard, but winning was sweet when Culinary Arts Tech Prep alumna Maggie O'Mara and her Culinary teammates at Johnson & Wales University in Denver scored first place in Colorado's American Culinary Federation Competition. Team J & W goes on to the ACF regionals this spring in Reno, NV, so practice remains on O'Mara's busy schedule of full-time school and  full-time work out in the Rocky Mountains. READ MORE 

Already working in their field: New Visions Journalism students cover elections, produce TU blog

Students in Ms. Sheehan's New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies class earned positive reviews of their photojournalist coverage of Election Day 2011. Check out their Times Union blog entry . The New Visions students are responsible for producing the high school blog on the timesunion.com website, including generating article ideas, covering newsworthy events, writing commentary and shooting still and video images.

Children's book masters inspire Early Childhood Ed class

They learn from Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss

Mrs. Jenning's Early Childhood Education class recently spent a day learning about children’s picture book authors/illustrators as a part of an Integrated English assignment, and what better way to learn than from the masters? Their unique lesson took them to Massachusetts to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield. The students toured three galleries at the museum, one which featured Eric Carle’s latest book, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, and two featuring illustrations and books by Jules Feiffer and Barbara McClintock. The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden gave the students a rare opportunity to view bronze sculptures of many of Dr. Seuss' favorite characters from his nearly 46 books, which have sold more than 200 million copies. The students even took a minute to pose with a sculpture of Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Suess) and his most famous character, The Cat in the Hat! SEE MORE PHOTOS

WMHT-TV's American Graduate project explores why students drop out

It is not uncommon for students to tell us that their positive experiences at Career & Tech kept them in school and inspired them to move forward with their lives. Learning a career, working hands-on, having a fresh start, meeting students from other schools, sharing experiences with their peers, learning in smaller classes - all are factors cited by successful students in our Career & Technical Education and Alternative Education programs. With this in mind, Career & Tech participated in WMHT-TV's American GraduateTown Meeting the evening of Nov. 10 at the WMHT studios in Troy, which was taped for broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. watch the Town meeting   LEARN MORE

Nurse Assistant, New Visions: Health Careers classes team up for unique learning in NYC

An exhibition showcasing the real, inner workings of the human body and a visit to the new 9/11 Memorial in New York City provided unique learning opportunities on Oct. 14 for students from Mr. Mainville's and Ms. Keifer's Nurse Assistant classes and from Mr. Paravella's and Mr. Slovic's New Visions: Health Careers classes. FULL STORY

Students repair equipment for Schoharie Valley storm victims

Students in the Power Sports Equipment Technician and Automotive Services/Small Engine Repair classes at Career & Tech's Schoharie campus are giving back to their community while putting career skills to the test by volunteering to repair power equipment damaged by tropical storms Irene and Lee. Lawnmowers, snowblowers, generators, rototillers, 4-wheelers and weed trimmers are just some of the small-engine items residents need help with. FULL STORY

Hair-raising for Locks of Love

Albany campus Cosmetology students will hold their annual holiday clinic Dec. 1, from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., and besides offering services for a nominal fee, the class will present a hair-raising opportunity for those wishing to donate at least 8 -10 inches of hair to Locks of Love. "The students will provide free haircutting and styling services for those willing to donate their hair," said Cosmetology Teacher Pat Gollub. Locks of Love turns donated hair into wigs for individuals with cancer. Interested? Call 862-4716 for an appointment for either the Locks of Love hair raising or the holiday clinic.

Healthy living, disease & disasters - New Visions students learn from public health policy expert

Promoting healthy living, preventing disease, and responding to natural disasters - students in Mr. Slovic's and Mr. Paravella's New Visions: Health Careers classes recently learned about all of this through a lecture about public health policy by University at Albany Professor Dwight Williams. FULL STORY

Hundreds visit Career & Tech Open Houses at each campus

If it's October, it must be open house time at the Capital Region Career & Technical School. On October 12 at the Albany campus and October 19 in Schoharie, the school hosted hundreds of guests, from parents, grandparents and student guardians, to younger and older siblings, Career & Tech alumni, and BOCES and component school district leaders and staff. Student displays, demonstrations and campus tours were highlights, along with ever-popular edible creations by each campus's Culinary Arts classes. FULL STORY

CTE on the Innovation Trail

Executive Principal Terry Swett participated in a panel discussion at WMHT Television, for a Sept. 29 program,  "Innovation Conversation: Transforming Tech Valley." Also on the panel were GlobalFoundries Director of Human Resources Emily Reilly, Ballston Spa Schools Superintendent Joe Dragone, and HVCC's Dean of Schools of Business, Engineering and Industrial Technologies Philip White. Career & Tech and BOCES got some great positive notice not only from Terry's being asked to be part of the panel, but also from the many connections that were made during the discussion between career education and our region's future success. Part of the Innovation Trail public broadcasting series, the program was also accessible online.

Albany campus SkillsUSA officersStudents installed as SkillsUSA officers; Dallas Mesick leads state

Just before Fall Open House at each campus, ceremonies were held to formally install Career & Tech's  SkillsUSA officers for 2011-12. Career & Tech is also proud to have one of our own leading all of the state as New York State SkillsUSA President, Dallas Mesick, a Criminal Justice student at Schoharie campus who also attends Duanesburg H.S. Congrats to all of our new officers. READ MORE

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New Visions: Health students view movie Contagion with Questar III BOCES peers
Contagious learning - Mr. Paravella's and Mr. Slovic's New Visions: Health Careers students joined recently with their peers from Questar III BOCES' New Visions: Scientific Research and World Health class to view the moving Contagion at a local cineplex.

Cornucopia medalists

Congrats to Chef Paul Rother and Culinary Arts Tech Prep student Kaitlyn Vallee (Colonie HS) on winning a silver medal for Career & Tech at the 2011 Culinary Cornucopia chefs competition, held Oct. 30 at Albany campus. Chef Dolan, representing the State Room, scored a gold medal. The dinner that evening at the Marriott featured beautiful arrangements created by Floral Design students and teacher Meg Bugler. The annual events raise funds for Living Resources. READ TIMES UNION BLOG STORY BY NEW VISIONS: JOURNALISM & MEDIA STUDIES CLASS

American Graduate project explores why students drop out

It is not uncommon for students to tell us that their positive experiences at Career & Tech kept them in school and inspired them to move forward with their lives. Learning a career, working hands-on, having a fresh start, meeting students from other schools, sharing experiences with their peers, learning in smaller classes - all are factors cited by successful students in our Career & Technical Education and Alternative Education programs. With this in mind, Career & Tech is participating in WMHT-TV's American Graduate program, a grant-funded effort to bring together people from our region who care about students, want them to stay in school, and can offer ideas on how they can succeed. An American Graduate Town Meeting will be held on Nov. 10 at the WMHT studios in Troy, and it will be taped for broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. LEARN MORE

 

October 2011

NY School Public Relations Association honors Career & Tech Communications

The New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) has recognized the Capital Region Career & Technical School's communications efforts with the following awards:

  • Careers Without Limits DVD/Video: Award of Honor
  • Careers Without Limits Public Relations/Marketing Campaign: Award of Honor
  • Adult Welder Certification Brochure: Award of Merit

Career & Tech Communications Coordinator Monique Jacobs, APR, received the following email from NYSPRA in early September: "Of more than 300 entries in a closely drawn judging by communications professionals around the country, about one-third received awards. You may be proud that your work has been so honored."Schoharie CTE Auto student uses a jumper pack

Career & Tech students jumpstart careers with 21st century skills

Hands-on, real-world learning + 21st century skills + integrated academics + well-equipped classrooms and labs = students who are prepared for college and career. In the photo at right, Schoharie Career & Tech Automotive Trades Technology and Schoharie Central High Senior Patrick Haroldson uses a jumper pack to verify a vehicle will start after the summer vacation.

A cornucopia of caring

Culinary Arts students and staff are once again lending a hand and a spoon to raise funds for Living Resources by volunteering for the Culinary Cornucopia chefs competition and dinner, to be held Sunday, Oct. 30 at Career & Tech's Albany campus and the Albany Marriott, respectively. Chef Paul Rother will compete for Career & Tech at 10 a.m. and Chef Dolan for The State Room at 9:30 a.m. Till then, they, Chefs Brucker and Cooper, and the many student volunteers will be planning, practicing and strategizing, all for a great cause. READ BUSINESS REVIEW STORY      READ TIMES UNION BLOG POST

Business & Education Advisory Committees to meet & eat Oct. 26

Career & Tech's Business & Education Partnership Advisory Committees will meet on Oct. 26, followed by dinner prepared by Culinary students.

Join us for Open House on Oct. 19 in Schoharie

Be there or be square or bring your T-square. Career & Tech's annual fall Open House will be held from 6-8 p.m. at our Schoharie campus on Oct. 19. Join us for student demos, displays and light refreshments. SkillsUSA officer induction ceremonies will be held at each campus prior to Open House.

 

September 2011

What is it?

what is it Feb 2011Career & Tech students work with lots of interesting and unique projects as part of their learning experience. What's this?

 

 

9/11 anniversary inspires New Visions: Law & Government students

They may have been small children at the time, but the events of 9/11/2001 still had great impact upon the lives and thoughts of the high school seniors in Rich Bader’s New Visions: Law & Government class. With the State Museum’s "The World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response" exhibition as their backdrop, the students read essays they’ve written about 9/11 on Monday, Sept. 12 at the museum.  see more photos     read the news release (pdf)    read the Daily Gazette article

Students starred in STEM Expo

Computer & Network Technician/IT students Joe Bentley and Garrett Plant were very popular at the Sept. 10 Kids Expo & STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Event at Crossgates Mall. Bentley also starred in a TV ad promoting the event, along with Career & Tech Gaming alumna Kayla Charles. full story & photos

Fashion Show strutted summer-long student effort

Colonie Center's expanded 2011 Back to School Fashion Show was a big hit on Sept. 10, thanks in great part to its producers: Career & Tech's own Global Fashion Studies class. The culmination of a summer's worth of work, the show was divided into two segments, featuring fashions for children ages 5-10 beginning at noon, and fashions for those age 11 and older at 2:30 p.m. full story & photos

Culinary students team up to help NE Regional Food Bank

Culinary Arts students are once again teaming up to help the Northeast Regional Food Bank by helping present a Sept. 22 dinner at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. full story

Agreement gives heavy equipment students real-world opportunities

An ongoing agreement between Career & Tech and Schoharie Central Schools is providing learning experiences for Construction/Heavy Equipment Operation students while maintaining machinery, saving money for both schools, and helping the school district keep its property safe and serviceable. full story

Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Repair students featured in videos

Current Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Repair student Alexa Kilcher (Guilderland HS) and class of 2011 alumnus Josh Cooney (Schenectady HS) have starring roles in an instructional video series being produced by New York Network (NYN). Kilcher and Cooney recently wrapped up taping at their Career & Tech classroom, where Teaching Assistant Bruce Thornton provided guidance and content advice to NYN. full story

9/11 anniversary inspires reflections on life, government, liberty by New Visions: Law & Government students

They may have been small children at the time, but the events of 9/11/2001 still had great impact upon the lives and thoughts of the high school seniors in Rich Bader’s New Visions: Law & Government class. With the State Museum’s "The World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response" exhibition as their backdrop, the students will read essays they’ve written about 9/11 on Monday, Sept. 12, from 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. at the museum on Madison Avenue in Albany. read the news release (pdf)

Students to star in Kids Expo

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, will be among the topics Career & Tech students talk about as they engage area young people visiting their booth at a Kids Expo on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Crossgates Mall. Stop by our booth any time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The event is in the former Macy's, ground floor.

Expanded Fashion Show struts summer-long student effort

Be sure to stop by Colonie Center on Sept. 10 for the newly expanded 2011 Back to School Fashion Show, presented by Career & Tech's own Global Fashion Studies class. The show is the culmination of a summer's worth of work. Due to the large turnout at the students' casting call, the show's been divided into two segments, featuring fashions for children ages 5-10 beginning at noon, and fashions for those age 11 and older at 2:30 p.m. full story

Glenn Amell honored as Fire Fighter of the Month

Glenn Amell, custodian at Career & Tech's Albany campus, was recently honored as Fire Fighter of the Month (July 2011) by the Rotterdam Fire Co., where he has volunteered for 20 years. Thank you and congrats!

Schoharie campus is open

Our Schoharie Career & Tech campus is open today, Friday, Sept. 9, and welcoming students.

Schoharie campus closed today, Sept. 8

Due to heavy rain and its effects on area roads, the Schoharie Career & Tech campus is closed today, Sept. 8.

PM session at Schoharie Career & Tech cancelled today, 9/7; students are being released

To help ensure student and staff safety in light of heavy rains today, Sept. 7, the p.m. session of classes at Schoharie Career & Tech will not be held. In addition, students from Middleburgh, Ravena, Sharon Springs and Schoharie attending class at either Career & Tech campus or New Visions programs are also being released.

Anthony Lewis launches new career at BOCES, lands job at GlobalFoundries

Making semiconductor chips is a precise process. It's so exacting, in fact, that the clean rooms in GlobalFoundries’ new Malta facility cannot vary in temperature by more than a few degrees. Just hired as an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) Technician, Anthony Lewis of Troy will help to keep the chip fab’s facilities up to standards, using the education and professional certifications he earned in the HVAC Certification Program for Adults at the Career & Tech. full story

 

August 2011

Hot careers in HVAC await adults

Recent alumni work at GlobalFoundries, CA Albright, other local firms

Qualified Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration professionals are always in demand. Career & Tech is accepting students for its HVAC Certification for Adults course, a 10-month, 450-hour career training program that begins next month. Students learn hands-on and earn valuable certifications with a schedule suited to their needs. full story

Career & Tech names Outstanding Students, Fuchs Award winners  

Career & Tech has named Outstanding Students and Joseph N. Fuchs Award winners for the 2010-11 school year. The students, who are from Cobleskill, Ravena, Schoharie, Watervliet and Westerlo, were presented with their awards at ceremonies in Albany on June 7 and Schoharie on June 8. full story

Wow! See which students achieved 2010-11 Yearlong Perfect Attendance
More than 200 model hopefuls answer the [casting] call

More than 200 potential models ages 5 - 20, and their parents, grandparents and other family members attended the Global Fashion Studies class' Aug. 2 casting call for Colonie Center's Back To School Fashion Show. Students Alyssa Vanderbilt and Morgan Castilla auditioned model hopefuls, working into the evening with Teacher Ms. Hicks and mall Marketing Assistant Lauren Baum.  full story

 

July 2011

 Build a Better Robot Camp, version 2011, rocked

When asked about his favorite part of Career & Tech's Build A Better Robot Camp, Scotia-Glenville ninth grader Joseph Scognamiglio replied, "The whole thing!" One of a group of area teens who spent a week at Union College learning about the fun parts of math, science, engineering and technology, Scognamiglio enjoyed creating Cyscorpion, a robot who obeyed his commands to write circles on large sheets of paper. "I got a scholarship," he noted, "and I chose this camp because I enjoy building things and robots." full story

SEMI High Tech U Camp was 100% cool

SEMI High Tech U Camp was a wrap on July 15 for nearly 40 area teens, and they found their SEMI experience to be 100% cool. Led by high-tech professionals, the campers teamed up to create products, solve problems, and explore college and career programs. One day found the campers becoming a human calculator, with each assigned to be a one or zero as in binary code and then arranging themselves in a particular order on a floor diagram reminiscent of the Twister game. full story

Meeting the need for healthcare professionals: 118 graduate from Practical Nursing program

The Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School continued its tradition of educating our region's health care professionals with the June 28 graduation of 118 men and women from the Practical Nursing for Adult Students program. Eighty full-time-study students and 38 part-time-study students were honored at Proctors in Schenectady, including an impressive number of high achievers. full story

Region has more MSSC-Certified Production Technicians, thanks to BOCES

GlobalFoundries keynoter at MSSC graduationThirty-two adults have completed the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician certification program, offered jointly by the Capital Region BOCES and Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) BOCES and funded through the Greater Capital Region Workforce Investment Boards (WIB). The students were honored at a June 22 ceremony and networking event at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART building in Malta, where the keynote speaker was Patrick Reuss, Manager of Employment and Staffing at GlobalFoundries (pictured). A majority of the students passed exams to become MSSC-Certified Production Technicians, a nationally recognized credential. full story

Summer isn't down-time for this New Visions teacher

Summer is not a down-time for many Career & Tech teachers. Rich Bader, teacher of New Visions: Law & Government was a keynote speaker in Rabat, Morocco this July as part of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative. Bader also became chair of a statewide initiative promoting civics education. full story

New Visions class aces U.S. Government & Politics AP exam

Ninety-two percent of the students in Mr. Bader’s New Visions: Law & Government class who took the May 2011 Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government & Politics exam received a score of “3/qualified or higher, with three of the six students earning the top score of 5/extremely well qualified, which is four times the rate of students taking the test worldwide. full story

So long SEMI, hello Robots!

SEMI High Tech U Camp was a wrap on July 15 for nearly 40 teens from our region, and a new group of soon-to-be-happy campers began Build a Better Robot Camp on July 25. full story

Scoop the TU mascot has a strong defense in New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies class

News gathering is a serious business, but journalists have a sense of humor, too, as evidenced by some good-natured rivalry between the Times Union and Daily Gazette regarding their mascots, Scoop and Newsie, respectively. Career & Tech's New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies class rushed to the defense of Scoop in their High School Blog in the Times Union, which hosts their program. See how they prove the pen -and the flipcam - are mightier than the sword: House of Scoop: Newsie Can't Touch This.

Adrienne Troia is awarded Evan Schwarz Helping Hand Scholarship

Adrienne Troia of Albany, a student in the Adult Welder Certification program at Career & Tech's Albany campus, is the newest recipient of the Evan M. Schwarz Memorial Scholarship. The award was established by the family in honor of an accomplished former Welding student to assist current learners in meeting their goals. A former psychiatric nurse who changed careers, Troia is pursuing an apprenticeship with the Boilermakers Union. full story

CNT/IT at USDA is where it's at

Information Technology - IT - is everywhere, as is the need for IT professionals, presenting a host of career opportunities for students in Career & Tech's Computer & Network Technician/Information Technology (CNT/IT) program, including internships. CNT/IT alum Richard Persaud interned as a Career & Tech student at an Albany office of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a position he still holds, and now mentors Class of 2011 CNT/IT intern Adam Olendorf. read more

Clean, Green is the place to start for Tech Valley's hottest careers

Clean, Green & Advanced Technology is a new, college-credit bearing course that prepares high school students for our region's hottest high-tech careers. Students will explore emerging technologies and career paths in solar and wind energy, Smart Home and Smart Grid energy-saving solutions, and advanced automated production. They'll build, test and create, take part in cool work-based learning activities and field trips, and get a jump on college. read more

 

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