Questar III’s New Visions: Medical program was one of three programs named CTE Model Programs by CTE TAC of NYS.

Three of Questar III’s New Visions programs were recognized by the CTE Technical Assistance Center of New York as CTE Model Programs. The model program recognition honors high quality Career & Technical Education programs at the middle and secondary levels. The characteristics that make this program a model will be shared with school districts and BOCES across New York state. This comes after the REC Criminal Justice program was named one of only eight programs in the country to receive the “Excellence in Action” award from Advance CTE in April.

To receive this distinction, programs are evaluated in eight areas: curriculum, instruction, student assessment, business and community partnerships, post-secondary articulation agreements, work-based learning, facilities and equipment, and Career and Technical Student Organization.

About the programs:

Visual & Performing Arts

Based at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in historic downtown Troy, the Visual and Performing Arts program blends and integrated curriculum in college-level English, music, art, theatre and film studies with hands-on experiences in a creative academic environment. In workshops and classroom instruction, students conceptualize and compose professional quality work in a variety of media – from recording a CD to writing, directing and filming a movie using state-of-the-art editing equipment. Students benefits from relationships with local professionals in many fields including musicians, photographers, jewelry designers, gallery directors, art and music therapists, authors and makeup artists.


Student points to a chart on a poster while a man looks onScientific Research and World Health

This program is a highly selective, college-level integrated educational experience offered to academically advanced high school seniors. The program involves laboratory research in the emerging biotechnologies, scientific literacy and global health. Students earn 15 college credits in the health and biological sciences, conduct hands-on self-directed laboratory investigations and develop lasting habits of scientific thinking. They learn to ask questions and understand health problems at a depth beyond their years. The program is located at the University at Albany’s Health Sciences Campus in Rensselaer.



This program is designed for a select group of 15 high school seniors who are planning to seek at least a four-year degree in a clinical medicine field. In addition to rigorous high school work, the students enroll in college courses, complete 140 hours of shadowing medical staff on clinical rounds at Samaritan Hospital, and have hands-on clinical laboratory experiences in state-of-the-art facilities. The students explore a wide variety of medical careers and specialty areas through first-hand experiences and related college coursework.



“We are honored to be selected by CTE TAC for this prestigious distinction. These programs offer driven high school seniors such an advantage in their future careers in research, medicine and the arts. I want to thank the teachers of these programs for working so diligently to ensure their students receive the best education they can, leveraging partnerships with industry leaders to provide authentic, real-world experiences. By offering New Visions students the chance to work and engage with professionals in a variety of fields, they are no doubt laying the foundation for a very bright future,” said Questar III District Superintendent Dr. Gladys I. Cruz.

“Our New Visions programs offer students a deep dive into a range of applications and professions in the area they are passionate about.  By providing students with these opportunities, their desire to engage in rigorous preparatory coursework and produce results is magnified. Our teachers do a fantastic job at giving our students the freedom to find their path while supporting them in meeting the requirements of the program. This honor is a testament to the dedication of our teachers and our students to get the most out of the program and I look forward to seeing these programs continue to grow and develop in the future,” said Questar III Director of Career & Technical Education Dr. Danielle Bouton-Wales.

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