Since the mid-1990’s the Board of Regents has been wrestling with the question of how to assess and give credit for career and technical education courses. They have struggled with how to ensure that different assessments for different fields can represent equal accomplishments. Entire generations of children are passing through our schools while the Regents try to decide what and how a high school diploma should signal about a student who has pursued vocational studies.
Yet despite the Regents’ difficulty, in schools across the state, career and technical education is an important part of the curriculum. Our
book, The Best for Less, which can be read or downloaded at our website at http://www.mcsba.org/exemplary/2011BestForLess-Web.pdf , tells about the many types of career and technical education programs in our districts. Monroe School Boards Association County
Collaboration across district lines has allowed districts to offer a wide variety of vocational and technical education opportunities. Students from all county school districts participate in these programs offered through the two local BOCES and the Rochester City District partnerships with many area businesses.
Career and Technical Courses
High school students can select courses in business, construction, technology, health services, and trades (mechanical, technical, industrial). They learn theory, practice skills, and receive school-to-work counseling.
School- to-Career Internships
High school juniors and seniors can participate in up to 150 hours of on-the-job work experiences with mentors to study career options not offered at BOCES or their home schools.
Technical Awareness Modules help freshmen and sophomores explore technical career options before committing to extensive study in any one area.
Delving into all that is offered shows students preparing for a wide variety of essential trades. There will be more on the breadth and depth of the programs in another entry.