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July 31, 2014
Capital Region Career & Technical School



Career & Tech news from the home page

Career & Tech is a Middle States accredited and NYSED approved school offering more than 40 programs of study for high school and adult students at campuses in Albany (Colonie) and Schoharie and several off-campus locations.


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Parents' Bill of Rights

The Parents' Bill of Rights is now available, a posting required by the New York State Board of Education. Click here to open the document in PDF format.

Students find learning fun at SEMI High Tech U camp

More than 40 teens from Capital Region high schools found the fun in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at SEMI High Tech U, a day camp offered by a day camp offered by the Capital Region Career & Technical School July 17,18, 21and 22. Read more

Looking to spark a career? Try our welding programs!

We teach the welding skills employers need and train workers with the right specializations and certifications to meet the demands of today’s competitive jobs. Read more about our Welder Certification Program or our Advanced Welding Training Programs and spark a career today!

A cup for a cause

CTE students’ Coffee Charities Program helps people throughout the year. Read more

Tyler Nichols wins Silver Medal at SkillsUSA National Competition

Duanesburg Central Schools senior Tyler Nichols won a Silver Medal at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City, MO, June 23-26, where he competed in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R). Read more

Adult Practical Nursing program graduates 125 men and women

The Health Careers Center of the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School is answering the pressing need for healthcare professionals, graduating 125 local men and women from its Practical Nursing for Adult Students program at a June 24 ceremony at Proctors in Schenectady. Read more

Deputy Director Terry Swett featured on Albany Business Review education panel

On Thursday, June 26, Career and Technical Education Deputy Director Terry Swett appeared on a panel of area experts at an Albany Business Review Power Breakfast to discuss education and its connections to the business community. Read more

McKenzie Jerome is CTE’s Student of the Year

Certified Nursing Assistant student McKenzie Jerome has been named the Capital Region BOCES Faculty Association Student of the Year at the Capital Region Career and Technical School (CTE). Read more

Students honored at Albany CTE Awards and Recognition Ceremony

On Wednesday, June 11, students who attended the Capital Region BOCES Albany Career and Technical Education campus were honored for completing programs.In addition to awards for completing programs in their field of study, many students were also awarded scholarships, certificate and classroom awards. Read more

Students honored at Schoharie CTE Awards and Recognition Ceremony

On Thursday, June 5, nearly 90 students who attended the Capital Region BOCES Schoharie Career and Technical Education campus were honored for completing programs. In addition to awards for completing programs in their field of study, many students were also awarded scholarships, certificate and classroom awards. Read more

Corey Scranton honored with Evan M. Schwarz Memorial Helping Hand Scholarship

Cohoes senior Corey Scranton is the most recent recipient of the Evan M. Schwarz Memorial Helping Hand Scholarship, given to Career & Technical School welding students who display a good work ethic, a positive attitude and a commitment to the welding profession. Read more

Students do doubly well to qualify for National Technical Honor Society

Forty-five students enrolled in courses offered through the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School in Colonie and Schoharie were honored for excellence in their career and technical education courses and academic studies at both Career & Tech and their home high schools by being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. Read more

High-tech, high-fun summer camp available to students

This summer, on July 17, 18, 21, and 22, SEMI High-Tech U campers will take an action-packed, four-day journey exploring exciting, high-tech careers. They'll go boldly ahead while making new friends in totally fun, hands-on sessions taught by the region’s top high-tech professionals. Want to be one of them? Read more

New York State Motor Truck Association tours Albany CTE

In lieu of their regular monthly meeting, members of the New York State Motor Truck Association (NYSMTA) enjoyed a breakfast prepared and served by culinary students in the Career and Technical School’s Café Anders on Thursday, May 15, before embarking on a tour of the Albany Campus. Read more

CTE accredited by American Culinary Foundation

The Career and Technical School Albany campus recently completed its American Culinary Federation (ACF) evaluation, extending full accreditation for another five years. Read more

Culinary students take the heat at National ProStart Invitational

As the saying goes, if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. For Schoharie's Culinary Team, it made no difference that the heat was generated by hundreds of competing students and the kitchen was the National ProStart Invitational in Minneapolis. Read more

Career & Tech School students compete at SkillsUSA state championships 

Seventy six students from the Albany and Schoharie campuses of the Capital Region Career and Technical School competed at the SkillsUSA New York State Conference from April 23-25 at the Syracuse State Fairgrounds. Read more

CTE student to sing National Anthem at State SkillsUSA Championship

Jacob Searles, a student in the Criminal Justice program at the Schoharie Career and Technical School, has been chosen to sing the National Anthem at the SkillsUSA New York State Leadership Conference and Skills Competition on April 23.  Read more

CTE students, educators speak out against gas pipeline on Schoharie campus

Student safety, educational programs at Schoharie CTE  threatened by proposed
high-pressure gas line

Capital Region Career & Technical School Schoharie campus students joined forces this week with teachers and BOCES officials in opposition to the placement of a high-pressure gas pipeline through the school campus. Read more

Students pack college and career fair at Schoharie campus

A college and career fair presented through a partnership between the Capital Region Career & Technical School and the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce drew crowds of students from Career & Tech's Schoharie campus and area high schools. Read more

BOCES officials opposed to siting gas pipeline on school campus

Citing dangers to students and the future of educational programming at the Career and Technical School Schoharie Campus, Capital Region BOCES officials and area educators are announcing their opposition to the Constitution Pipeline Company’s plan to run a 30” gas pipeline through the Schoharie Career & Tech campus. Read more

Schoharie Culinary teams sweep NYS Prostart Invitational

Will head to national competition in May

Two teams of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Technology students from the Schoharie campus of the Capital Region Career & Technical School are now ranked number one in the state after winning first place in the 2014 New York State Restaurant Association’s ProStart Invitational Culinary Competition at the Culinary Institute of America on March 7-8. Read more

In the news: Lawmakers promote Career and Technical Diploma

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Board of Regents to create a new Career and Technical Diploma and the curriculum to support it. Read more at

Students cook up local SkillsUSA awards at Feb. 28 ceremony

Eight Culinary students to move on to regional competition

Albany campus Culinary Arts & Hospitality, Culinary Arts Tech Prep, and Food Services students were honored at the 13th Annual SkillsUSA Local Competition Awards Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 28, for their accomplishments in local SkillsUSA competitions. Of the 22 students that competed at the local level, eight will go on to the Regional SkillsUSA Competition at Schenectady County Community College on March 12. Read more

Snow what?! How do school closings and delays affect CTE?

What happens when the weather is bad? Read more about our inclement weather and campus closing and delay policies. Read more

CTE Floral Design students gearing up for Valentine’s Day

Proceeds from sales will help pay for class trip to Boston Flower and Garden Show in March

The coming weeks will be busy ones for the students in Meg Bugler’s Floral Design class, as they prepare the fully operational floral shop in their classroom for the biggest flower-giving day of the year: Valentine’s Day. Read more

Schoharie CTE Campus hosts first Alumni Day

Alumni gather to share experience, success stories with current students

The Schoharie Career & Technical School campus hosted its first Alumni Day on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Read more

CTE bids fond farewell to longtime educator

When Cindy Jennings was hired in September of 1986, she started out as a baking instructor in the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School’s culinary program. But a year-and-a-half later, an opportunity presented itself that would lead Cindy to her calling of more than 26 years. Read more

TASC replaces GED as high school equivalency test

Test will remain free, partial scores can be grandfathered in until 2015

Beginning this year, New York has new test leading to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma. The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) replaces the GED as the only free, state subsidized assessment leading to a New York state High School Equivalency Diploma. Read more

Winter happenings at the Schoharie CTE campus

Over the winter, Career & Technical School students are very busy at the Schoharie campus. Click here to see the photo gallery

SkillsUSA officers learn leadership skills

The question was seemingly a simple one: Would anyone like pickles on their ice-cream sundae? Read more

Students 'Stuff the Sleigh' for families in need

Students in Albany Career & Tech's SkillsUSA chapter dashed off to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) Toy Store on Dec. 17 with a sleigh full of gifts for children served by the organization following a very successful holiday fund-raising and toy drive. Read more

BOCES superintendent joins local officials in launching Literacy Zone

Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charles Dedrick joined Trinity Alliance CEO Harris Oberlander, Sen. Neil D. Breslin, Assembly members John McDonald and Patricia Fahy, and a host of other local officials and community members to celebrate the creation of the Albany Literacy Zone Family Welcome Center in downtown Albany at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 16.  Read more

SkillsUSA students help Schenectady Inner City Mission

Career & Tech students in the SkillsUSA program held their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive from November 4 –21. The students raised 312 pounds of food and a monetary donation of $240 for the Schenectady Inner City Mission Food Pantry.  Read more

Schoharie CTE welcomes Chinese educator

The Schoharie CTE campus was pleased to welcome Ms. Liu Yanru, from Tianjin High School No. 41 in China, for a visit in late November.  Read more

2013-14 Quarter 1 Honor and High Honor Rolls announced

Is your CTE student on the Honor or High-Honor rolls? Click here to find out

Red snapper earns silver medal

Chef Mark Brucker and Schalmont’s Tim Williams excel at Culinary Cornucopia

Capital Region Career & Technical School's culinary arts team recently lent their skill to raise funds for Living Resources by volunteering for the Culinary Cornucopia chefs competition and dinner. Read more

CIA visits CTE

Chef from Culinary Institute of America shares love of cooking with students

Chef Brennan Salleau knows the quickest way to get students’ attention: Bacon. Read more

'We couldn't do this without you'

Career & Tech School's business & education advisors invest time, knowledge and effort

On October 30, more than 100 advisory committee members gathered at Career & Tech's Albany campus for annual fall meetings with staff to provide valuable input about employment trends, regional developments and what students need to learn to succeed in today's competitive, global society Read more

'Cutting' class

Representative from Wahl clippers visits with CTE Cosmetology students

Last week, CTE Cosmetology students were visited by Laura VanderMoere, Education Coordinator for Wahl Clipper Corporation and a member of Wahl’s Education and Artistic Team. Read more

Career and Tech taps Skills USA officers

Induction ceremonies held at open houses at Schoharie and Albany campuses

Students from throughout the Capital Region have been selected to represent Career and Tech at the Skills USA competitions this year. Read more

Law and Government students excel at AP exam

Student scores in New Visions class surpass worldwide average

Forty percent of Richard Bader’s New Visions Law & Government students scored a perfect 5 on the May 2013 Advance Placement U.S. Government & Politics exam, compared to a worldwide average of 11.3 percent. Read more

Culinary students cook up awareness at Regional Food Bank dinner

Culinary Arts & Hospitality Technology Teacher Chef Paul Rother and dozens of CTE students helped raise awareness and funds for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York at the 19th Annual Chefs & Vintners’ Harvest Dinner on September 19 at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. Read more

CTE Cosmetology students get tips from local monster-maker

What do zombies and cosmetology students have in common? Other than a taste for human flesh (not really), both rely on a comprehensive knowledge of makeup and human anatomy to be successful. Read more

CTE Automotive Trades Technology educator shares his passion for cars with his students

Every year, Scott Hamel, an educational assistant in Career & Tech's Automotive Trades Technology program, shares with his students his personal drag-racing car, an engineering marvel that goes from 0 to 60 in less than a second and has topped out at close to 203 mph. Read more

New Visions Law and Government students reflect on 9/11

On the 12th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, high school seniors in Richard Bader’s New Visions: Law & Government class read essays on how 9/11 has changed their lives, their thinking and the United States government, with the New York State Museum’s "The World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response" exhibition as their backdrop. Read more

CTE students strut their stuff at Back-to-School Fashion Show

BOCES Career and Technical School’s Global Fashion students were a big hit at Colonie Center's Back to School Fashion Show on Saturday, Sept. 7. Read more

Former cosmetology student makes it big on Today Show

Guilderland native chosen to do hair and makeup for show’s ‘Fan Appreciation Week’

Former BOCES Career & Tech student Casey Nunamacher appeared on the Today Show Monday morning, August 19, as part of the program’s “Fan Appreciation Week.” Read more

Here we grow again

Health Careers for Adults expanding, comes home to Albany CTE campus

After five years off-campus, Health Careers for Adults at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School is returning to the Albany campus at 1015 Watervliet Shaker Road. Read more

Where learning meets fun

Students learn real-world skills and fun STEM principles at SEMI High Tech U Camp

More than 35 teens from nearly two dozen Capital Region high schools found the fun in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at SEMI High Tech U, a day camp offered by a day camp offered by the Capital Region Career & Technical School from July 23 to 26 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART facility, Schenectady County Community College and the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering.
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District Superintendent promotes STEM, Back To School Expo

Commercial with District Superintendent Charles Dedrick to air on WNYT in coming weeks

District Superintendent Charles Dedrick recently spent an afternoon in front of television cameras filming a commercial to promote Capital Region BOCES and the annual Back To School Expo. This year's event takes place Sept. 7 at the Empire State Plaza convention center.
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133 graduate from Adult Practical Nursing program

They'll answer rising demand for healthcare professionals

The Health Careers Center of the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School is answering the pressing need for healthcare professionals, graduating 133 local men and women from its Practical Nursing for Adult Students program at a June 25 ceremony at Proctors in Schenectady.

BOCES has been teaching health careers for more than 50 years and has educated literally thousands of the Capital Region’s licensed practical nurses and certified nurse assistants. Read more

Adult HVAC grads land cool jobs in hot career field

HVAC Certification & Training for Adult Students teacher Frank Ando likes to say HVAC careers are "hot, cool and everywhere," and a look at this year's graduating class proves him right.
Ten Capital Region residents recently marked their completion of the program, though a few of the graduates could not attend because they were already working in their new career field. Read more

YMCA camp gains another cabin, thanks to Building Trades class

YMCA Adventure Camp in Guilderland will soon have a new arts and crafts cabin thanks to the efforts of Doug Harple's Building Trades class. Work on the cabin began last fall in their classroom at Career & Tech's Albany campus, and the the project reflects the real-world, real-time, applied learning that is central to career and technical education. Read more

New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies students moderate statewide video conference with SED Commissioner King

College and career readiness was the focus

SED Commissioner King video conference with Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies studentsCollege and career readiness was the focus of a June 4 video conference with State Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr.  that was moderated by students in Career & Tech'sl New Visions: Journalism & Media Studies program and hosted at NERIC's Albany training rooms A and B.

The event connected journalism students from high schools and BOCES from throughout the state, allowing them to question the Commissioner about topics ranging from the Common Core and testing, to the availability of Advanced Placement and career and technical education courses, to teacher evaluation. Read more

Career & Tech names 2013 Outstanding Students, Fuchs Award winners

Students from Clifton Park, Altamont, Mechanicville, Berne and Richmondville were presented with top honors at Career & Tech's annual awards ceremonies for Albany campus on June 3 and Schoharie campus on June 5. Congratulations to Outstanding Students of the Year Lauren Clark and Joshua Von Haugg and Joseph N. Fuchs Award winners Robert Batchelder, Gabriella Audino and Ryan Luffman. Read more

Greco awarded Evan M. Schwarz Helping Hand Scholarship

The 2012 Career & Tech alum is completing the Adult Welder course

Michael Greco, a student in Career & Tech's Welder Certification for Adult Students program, is the May 2013 recipient of the the Evan M. Schwarz Memorial Helping Hand Scholarship. A 2012 alumnus of Career & Tech's Welding & Metal Fabrication program for high school students, Greco was presented with the award on May 22 by John and Donna Schwarz during a ceremony in the school's orbital welding lab. Read more

Excellence times two: Career & Tech School students had to do doubly well to qualify for National Technical Honor Society

40 students earned high averages both at BOCES Career & Tech and their high schools

Forty studentswere honored for excellence in their career and technical education courses and academic studies at both Career & Tech and their home high schools by being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on May 21. 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.

The Honor Society’s mission is to recognize student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence and enhance career opportunities. Attributes of Honor Society members include skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship, leadership and knowledge. Read the news release (pdf)

Students take their knowledge to another dimension

3D printer a unique and valuable tool for Alternative Energy & Advanced Construction Technology class

Students in Paul Roberts' Alternative Energy & Advanced Construction Technology class at Career & Tech's Albany campus are taking their projects, and their knowledge, to another dimension as they prepare for college and career.

The students use a three-dimensional (3D) printer to take their designs from a computer screen and paper to an actual model, a process known as rapid prototyping. The printer is the one of just a few of its kind available to students in the region, giving them a valuable head-start in their preparation for college and career. Read more

SkillsUSA champs credit CTE teachers for their success

State Education Department features Career & Tech videos on website

The New York State Education Department was seeking video testimonials by students in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, and Career & Tech answered the call. HVAC/R student Cody Largeteau spoke in front of the camera about how teacher Frank Ando is preparing him for success in career, college and even competition: Largeteau is ranked number one in New York state in his field of study after winning the recent SkillsUSA competition.

Culinary Arts Tech Prep student Rachel Gauthier spoke about her teachers, Chefs Paul Dolan and Mark Brucker, and how they prepared her for success in career, college and competition. Gauthier won the 2013 New York State SkillsUSA competition in Restaurant Service and will compete nationally. She is a senior at Career & Tech and Colonie Central High School. Through Career & Tech, she is enrolled in and earning a semester of credits in Culinary Arts program at Schenectady County Community College. View the videos on the State Ed website

Sign up now for high-tech, high-fun Career Pathways Summer Camps!

Career & Tech will again be offering SEMI High Tech U, a unique day camp for teens, this summer. Camp will run July 23-26, with a parent/guardian night on July 22. Locations will include the Center for Nanoscale Science & Engineering at U-Albany, TEC-SMART and more, where campers explore the cool worlds of  nanotechnology, semiconductors and more.

The camp is sponsored by the Tech Valley Career Pathways Consortium through funding provided by the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 and the New York State Education Department. SEMI High Tech U Camp is also sponsored by Applied Materials, the Center for Economic Growth, GlobalFoundries, National Grid, NYSUT, TEL and Rick Cataldo, director, Tri-City Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Inc.

Tech Valley Summer Camp returns for teens as well, running from July 8-12. Locations include SUNY East Campus, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and more. Hands-on activities will focus on biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced materials, alternative energy, aviation, information technology and robotics.

The camps are offered at no cost due to scholarship support. To apply for either camp, visit

HVAC alumnus keeps GlobalFoundries clean rooms within a few degrees of critical operating temperature

Focus, investing time wisely, and learning at a “world-class” school: These were Career & Tech alumnus Anthony Lewis’ three keys to success. A 2011 graduate of the HVAC Certification & Training program for adult students, Lewis helps keep GlobalFoundries clean rooms within a few degrees of critical operating temperature, helping to ensure the smooth operation of the world's newest and most advanced computer chip fabrication foundry. Lewis returned to school to learn a career that would better provide for his family. He earned nationally recognized professional certifications in HVAC, as well as how to succeed in a competitive job marketplace. Read more

Career & Tech students & staff in the media

Engaging & Relevant Curricula: Career & Tech boosts graduation rates/American Graduate Day (WMHT-TV 9/22/12)

WAMC reports on New Visions students' 9/11 observance (WAMC radio, 9/11/2012)

CBS 6 interviews Adult Education Principal Kim Brizzell speaks about the BOCES GED program (WRGB TV/CBS 6, Albany, 9/6/2012)

See more coverage! Go to our Students in the Media page


Honors & Awards

Students are honored for achievement, attendance and good citizenship

We are proud of our students' successes here at Career & Tech. Visit our Honors & Awards On Campus page for the names of some of our honored students. 


Adult Ed is Training Tech Valley today

Adults interested in training for recession-proof careers should check out our Nurse Assistant for Adult Students program and our Practical Nursing for Adult Students program. Classes are offered at our Health Careers Center in Colonie. Visit the linked page or call (518) 862-4709.

Read more about: Adult Health Careers & Services, Welder Certification for Adults, HVAC Training & Certification for Adults, Machining and Welding for KAPL engineers, MSSC Certified Production Technician, free GED and ESOL classes, and more.


Serving others in our community

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.

arrow bulletFashion students 'show' what it's all about, and gain experience, too

arrow bulletRetail, Transition students raise more than $1,000 for several charities

arrow bulletCaring blooms as Floral teacher helps hurricane victims

arrow bulletTeacher lends a hand and a hose during Sandy recovery

arrow bulletSkillsUSA students have an eye-opening experience helping others

arrow bulletGlobal Fashion Studies class presents benefit fashion show to fight domestic violence


Why study here? Read our students' Top 10!

who goes there? see our enrollment stats



This is your school: Keep it safe, healthy and clean

Parents/guardians needing to reach students should call the school office t 862-4800 for Albany, 295-3000 for Schoharie. The Health Careers Center for Adult Students may be reached at 862-4709. Cell phones (and other electronic devices) should be silenced during class time. And no smoking: New York State law prohibits smoking - by anyone - in schools and on school property.


Weather-related closings

In the event of inclement weather, students and their parents/guardians should follow school closing information provided by their home high schools. Students' home school districts determine whether or not to transport students, end their day early or close their high school campuses.  Adult students should watch the media for school closings; their classes are cancelled if the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School is closed.


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Looking for a past story? Go to our home page news archive/ current school year (July 2012-June 2013), or our home page archive/ 2011-12 school year, which includes links to previous years.


Tech It Out NY - hot careers right here in Tech Valley

Interested in Tech Valley's latest high-tech and advanced manufacturing careers? Visit the Tech Valley Careers - Tech It Out NY website


The Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School offers careers without limits for students of all ages, abilities, interests, and backgrounds. In the 21st century workplace, careers have no gender. Start your future here today!

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