CTE Course Catalog

Contact Information

Denise Fernandez-Pallozzi
Director of Career and Technical Education
Denise.Pallozzi@questar.org
518-479-6898

Kim Sparkman
Coordinator of Career and Technical Education
Kim.Sparkman@questar.org
518-479-6939

Anthony DeFazio, Principal
Rensselaer Educational Center
adefazio@questar.org
518-273-2264

Jake Stomieroski, Principal
Columbia-Greene Educational Center
jstomieroski@questar.org
518-828-4157

Career Tech Programs

To be successful in Career Tech programs at Questar III, students must have a strong interest in some or all course material, be eager to learn new things, have excellent attendance, have interest and some ability in the chosen technical area, and parental support of the chosen program.

Academy for Educational Careers

The Academy for Educational Careers is an exciting program focused on preparing students for a career in the field of education.

This half-day program for seniors will be located at the University at Albany’s main campus. Students will have the opportunity to complete college courses each semester. These courses are directly applicable to a variety of educational careers.

Along with the college coursework, this program will have class time to cover additional educational topics and will incorporate hands-on experiences including observations, shadowing, and internship experiences with a variety of inspiring professionals in the field of education.

Students will be supported along the way to help them successfully make the transition from high school to college level work. This program will prepare students with the content knowledge and experience to continue their coursework towards a degree in education. Student will also have mastery of the content needed to obtain a New York State Level 1 Teaching Assistant certification for immediate employment.

Students will:

  • Gain an understanding of educational theory and practice
  • Develop knowledge and skills needed to address diverse learning styles, backgrounds and needs in a classroom
  • Learn general theories and concepts related to major aspects of human behavior
  • Discover effective classroom management strategies and applications
  • Investigate relevant topics in education
  • Explore and identify career goals
  • Complete shadowing/internship experiences with educational professionals
  • Understand New York state certification requirements

College Courses

  • EN 101 Composition Writing and EN 102 Composition & Literature
  • EN 211 Creative Writing and EN 212 Expository Writing
  • ETAP 201 Exploring Teaching as a Profession

Related Career Opportunities

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Middle or High School Content Area Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages Teacher
  • School Counselor
  • Related Careers including Psychologist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist

Industry-Based Certifications (attainable through program)

  • Certification Workshops in Preparation for Employment in an Education Field
  • American Heart Association CPR
  • Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills Test Framework (eligible to take upon graduation)

Automotive Technologies I & II

Utilizing state-of-the art professional tools and computer systems, students learn automotive repair and maintenance skills.  This is a two-year program based on the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) model for Maintenance and Light Repair.  Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified, this program is designed to graduate entry-level technicians with a broad skills set, a solid foundation in electrical/electronics, and a general understanding of all automotive systems. View the program flyer here.

Recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home district:

  • Basic Electricity
  • Physics

Curriculum and materials used:

  • IML Instructional Materials Laboratories
  • CDX Global
  • Automotive Technology, A Systems Approach, Jack Erjavec
  • The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR®) S/P2
  • National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) End of Program Test

Auto students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

 

College credit available through the program

Columbia Greene Community College
AU 128 Intro to Auto Repair (4 credit hours)
Hudson Valley Community College
AUTO 145 Passenger Car Chassis (3 credit hours)
Ohio Technical College
Advanced Recognition for 4 OTC Automotive Technology Modules
SUNY Morrisville
AUTO 110 Summer Work Experience (3 credit hours)
University of NW Ohio
AU 126 Suspension and Steering (6 credit hours)
AU 127 Hydraulic Brake Systems (6 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.)

Related career opportunities

  • Automotive Insurance Adjusters
  • Automotive Marketing and Sales
  • Parts Counterperson or Manager
  • Service Technician
  • Shop Manager/Owner

Licensing

  • SP2 National Safety Certification
  • ASE Student Certification in Maintenance & Light Repair

Technical endorsement

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Maintenance & Light Repair
Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

 

Aviation I & II

Questar III, in partnership with Richmor Aviation, offers a two-year flight training program based at the Columbia Greene Educational Center (CGEC) and Columbia County airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved flight program prepares students through both ground and flight knowledge to obtain an FAA issued Private Pilot Certificate. Students are engaged daily within a ground school training program located at the CGEC while receiving flight training at the Columbia County airport during class hours. Students have access to unlimited flying time with their Richmor assigned flight instructor and are encouraged to fly outside of school hours.

Career opportunities include commercial pilot, drone pilot, air traffic controller, FAA administrator and aircraft engineer. The senior year Work Based Learning program provides students with the opportunity to visit professionals within the workforce while experiencing various aviation based fields. View the program flyer.

Curriculum and materials used

Jeppesen Private Pilot Training Kit including:

  • Course outline (syllabus), textbooks
  • Maps, plotters, flight computers, aircraft manuals

Ground and flight training topics include

  • Health, Fitness, and Safety
  • Aircraft Design and Flight Systems
  • Avionics and Flight Instruments
  • Aerodynamic Principals and Stability
  • Charts, Planning, Navigation
  • Radar and Air Traffic Control (ATC)
  • Radio and Communication Procedures
  • Weather Interpretation and Forecasting
  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR)
  • Flight Instruction, Training, and Practice

Aviation students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit )

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

College credit available through the program

Dutchess County Community College
AVI 101 Introduction to Flight (4 credit hours)
AVI 111 Introduction to Flight Lab (1 credit hour)
Schenectady County Community College
AER 101 Intro to Flight Lab OR AER 101 Flight for Controllers (1 credit hour)
AER 103 Introduction to Flight (4 credit hours)
AER 140 Elements of Instrument Flight (4 credit hours)
AER 140 Elements of Instrument Flight Lab (1 credit hour)
(These credits are only available if the student attends this college.)

Related career opportunities

  • Airline Pilot
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Charter Pilot
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Drone Pilot
  • Federal Aviation Administration Employee
  • Military Aviation

Technical Assessment

  • FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam/FAA Private Pilot Flight Test
  • Pass all three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio

Certified Nurse Assistant

Certified Nurse Assistant is a one-year, seniors-only program designed to prepare students for the NYS Nurse Assistant Certification and career in the health care field.  Students are given classroom and hands-on lab instruction to prepare them for their off-site clinical rotation at a local nursing home.  Students are able to transfer the knowledge and skills they learn and practice in the classroom to their work with residents in a long-term care setting.  Throughout the year, students are given opportunities to perform a variety of community service activities to obtain the hours necessary for the NYS Nurse Assistant certification.  Included in the program are guest speakers from the industry and college and career related field trips.  Students will also complete a Senior Project related to healthcare. View the program flyer. Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment at home school district

  • Biology/Living Environment
  • Algebra
  • Chemistry (completed or taken while enrolled)

Curriculum and materials used Curriculum follows the New York State Health Occupations Core Curriculum and New York State Certified Nursing Assistant curriculum Textbook & Workbook: Mosby’s Essentials for Nursing Assistants 4th edition. Topics Covered

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Infection Control
  • Care of Elderly
  • Lifting, moving, transportation and ambulation
  • Surgery/Wound Care
  • Comfort, Hygiene, and Grooming
  • Clinical Experience

CNA students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject area

  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Health (.5 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

College credit available through the program

Maria College AAS Nursing Program

  • Freshman Year Experience (FYE 102) for Nursing (1 credit)
  • Free Elective (1 credit)

Successful Questar III CNA graduates meeting admission requirements will be given preferred admission status.

Related career opportunities

  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Hospital nurse assistant
  • Nursing home/adult home assistant
  • Rehabilitation aide
  • Go on to further training for LPN/RN or other medical fields

Industry-Based Certifications (attainable through program)

  • New York State Certified Nurse Assistant Certification
  • American Heart Association CPR Certification for Healthcare Provider

Technical assessment

New York State Nurse Assistant Certification Exam
Pass all three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio
Must maintain attendance for eligibility to take the NYS CNA exam.

Construction Technologies I & II

Lay the foundation for your future in the two-year Construction Technology program at Questar III. Using professional tools, students learn construction and renovation skills. By Building real projects for community use, students learn framing, roofing, trim carpentry and other finishing skills. They learn about entry-level residential wiring, explore new “green” building technologies and receive training in home energy efficiency. Students earn an OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training Certificate. This program also has off-campus work-based learning opportunities. View the program flyer.

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Architectural Drawing
  • AutoCAD
  • Geometry
  • Basic Woodworking

Curriculum/Units of Study

  • Blueprints
  • Hand and power tools
  • Floor and wall framing
  • Roof framing and shingles
  • Windows and doors
  • Siding and exterior trim
  • Insulation
  • Sheetrock
  • Electrical basics
  • Basic cabinetmaking
  • Workplace behaviors

Topics Covered

  • Safety
  • Measurement
  • Hand Tools and Power Tools
  • Roof types, Framing and Flashing
  • Blueprints and Codes
  • Wood Finishing
  • Residential Wiring
  • Stairs
  • Foundations
  • Interior Finishing

Construction students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

College credit available through the program

Alfred State College
BLCT 1022 Wood Fab Tech 1 (2 credit hours)
BLCT 1132 Estimating I (2 credit hours)
BLCT 1142 Masonry I (2 credit hours)
Empire State Carpenters Apprenticeship Committee
80 hour exemption from the required 160 hour first year apprentice classroom instruction and on the job training
Hudson Valley Community College
CNST 103 Blueprint Reading for Technologies (3 credit hours)
CNST 130 Principles and Practices for Light Construction (3 credit hours)
SUNY Delhi
CARP 130 Light Frame Construction (3 credit hours)
CARP 150 Finish Carp. Theory (3 credit hours)
ARCH 110 CARD (4 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.)

Related career opportunities

  • Carpenter
  • Construction Manager
  • Contractor
  • Energy Auditor
  • Home Improvement Sales Associate
  • Lumber Yard Employee
  • Roofer
  • Weatherization Specialist

Licensing

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Certification

Technical endorsement

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Carpentry
Pass all three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Cosmetology I & II

Cosmetology is a two-year, 1,000 hour accredited New York State Licensing Program committed to preparing students for current and emerging careers in the salon industry.  Students are trained in all the basic fundamentals of salon services through theory and hands-on training for complete understanding of the beauty and spa industry.  Students will learn the academic and hands-on skills necessary to pass the New York State Licensing Exam and to become a successful hairstylist in the field of cosmetology.  Upon completion of the 1,000 hours, student will be eligible to apply for a New York State Licensing exam which will allow them to practice in a salon, day spa, and fashion shows or as a product representative or sales consultant in the State of New York. View the program flyer.

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Studio in Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Business/Entrepreneurship

Curriculum and materials used

  • Milady Standard Cosmetology, Thompson Delmar Learning
  • Milady Theory and Practical Workbooks

Topics Covered

  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Principles of Hair Design
  • Braiding, Curling, Finger Waves
  • Permanent Waves
  • Facial Treatments
  • Nail Structure and Growth
  • Basic Manicure and Pedicure
  • Haircutting and Design
  • Scissors, Razors, Clippers
  • Hair Color

Cosmetology students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)

College credit available through the program

Bryant & Stratton College
BUSS 100 Business Principals (3 credit hours)
Columbia-Greene Community College
BU ELE Business Elective (3 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends this college.)

Related career opportunities

  • Cosmetologist
  • Desairologist
  • Aesthetician
  • Hair Stylist
  • Nail Technician
  • Product Salesperson
  • Spa Owner/Employee
Industry-based Certifications (attainable through program)

New York State Cosmetologist License

Technical Assessment

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Cosmetology NY
Pass all three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Criminal Justice I & II

Criminal Justice is a two-year program. Through classroom instruction, hands-on practical exercises, field trips, and meeting with career professionals in the field, students learn about law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Students complete a rigorous curriculum to learn the most up-to-date information and techniques to prepare for post-secondary studies and careers in law enforcement, investigations, security, corrections, courts, or other criminal justice related fields. View the program flyer.

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Sociology/Psychology
  • Forensic Science

Curriculum and materials used

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 6th Edition, Robert M. Bohm
  • NYS Penal Law, NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, NYS Criminal Procedure Law
  • Police Magazine, Corrections Today, Security Newsletter
  • Evidence Technology Magazine
  • FEMA independent study courses

Topics Covered

  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensics
  • Courts and Law
  • Corrections
  • Private Security
  • Public Safety

Criminal Justice students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)
  • Participation in Government (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

College credit available through the program

Bryant & Stratton College
CRJU 100 Intro to CJ (3 credit hours)
CRJU 102 Policing (3 credit hours)
CRJU 105 Corrections (3 credit hours)
Columbia Greene Community College
CJ 102 Intro to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
CJ 115 American Policing (3 credit hours)
CJ 160 Security Operations & Administration (3 credit hours)
Schenectady County Community College
CRJ 113 Intro to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
CRJ 135 Introduction to Security (3 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.)

Related career opportunities

  • Computer Crime Investigator
  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminal Analyst
  • Environmental Conservation Officer
  • Evidence Technician
  • Federal Agent
  • Military Police
  • Narcotics Investigator
  • Paralegal/Attorney
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Private Security
  • Probation Officer
  • Sheriff’s Deputy
  • State Trooper

Licensing

New York State Eight-Hour Pre-Assignment Security Guard Certified
Red Cross First Aid Certification
Red Cross CPR Certification
New York State Mandated Reporter
Public Safety Telecommunicator I
NIMS Incident Command for Law Enforcement

Technical Assessment

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Criminal Justice
Pass all three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Culinary Arts I & II

This culinary arts program follows the ProStart curriculum sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.  The curriculum teaches students the management and culinary skills needed for a variety of career options in the hospitality industry.  This two-year program provides students with both the academic content and the work based learning experiences to be proficient in basic cooking and baking knowledge and skills.  Students also have opportunities to be involved in public service events and culinary skills competitions. View the program flyer.

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Food & Nutrition
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Business/Entrepreneurship
  • Volunteer work

Curriculum and materials used

  • Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts (Level 1 & 2)-National Restaurant Association
  • Culinary Essentials – Johnson & Wales
  • Servsafe Essentials – National Restaurant Association

Topics Covered

  • Sanitation and Workplace Safety
  • Menu Planning and Food Costing
  • Food Preparation
  • Principles of Cooking
  • Nutrition
  • Culinary Techniques
  • Stocks and Sauces
  • Meats, Cheeses, Vegetables, Breads, Pastries
  • Professionalism and Service in the Food Industry

Culinary students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

College credit available through the program

Culinary Institute of America
Food Safety- ServSafe (1.5 credit hours)
NYS Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (SCCC, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Morrisville State College, Monroe COllege, CIA)
National ProState Collegiate Passport – advanced placement, scholarships and course credit opportunities at over 60 post-secondary institutions. Credit varies by institution. See passport for details.
SUNY Cobleskill
CAHT 111 Basic Food Prep (3 credit hours)
CAHT 103 Food Service Sanitation (2 credit hours>
CAHT 140 Hospitality Math (3 credit hours)
CAHT 290 Special Projects (3 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.)

Related career opportunities

  • Caterer
  • Chef/Cook
  • Food Research and Development
  • Food Service Marketer
  • Food Stylist
  • Food Writer
  • Hospitality Manager
  • Nutritional Department Employee
  • Pastry Chef
  • Restaurant Owner/Manager
  • Supermarket Chef
  • Supermarket Deli, Produce, Dry Goods Manager

Industry-Based Certifications (attainable through program)

These certifications will further assist students with their employability in the food service industry

  • ServSafe® Food Safety Certification
  • Prostart Certification of Achievement
  • Qualiter’s Assessment Certification
  • New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Culinary Arts Certification

Technical Assessment

  • ProStart Written Exam Year 1 and 2
  • The Qualters Practical Assessment
  • 400 hours of work experience in the hospitality industry
  • ServSafe Exam

Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio. Successful passing of both Year 1 and Year 2 of the ProStart written exam and the Qualters Practical Assessment may be counted as the fifth required Regents exam for graduation.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) & Health Careers

This is a one year, seniors only program designed to prepare students for the New York state Emergency Medical Technician certification while they explore a wide range of careers in the health care field. Students will receive technical as well as hands-on training in emergency medicine. Students will complete internship hours with local rescue squads as well as participate in a variety of rotations in medical careers at Columbia Memorial Hospital. View the program flyer here. This program is available only at Columbia-Greene Educational Center

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Biology/Living Environment
  • Regents Algebra
  • Chemistry (completed or taken while enrolled)

Topics Covered:

  • Patient Assessment
  • General Pharmacology
  • Airway Management
  • Shock and Resuscitation
  • Medical Assessment
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • EMS Operations and Incident Management
  • Medical Legal and Ethical Issues

Students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Health (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

Related career opportunities

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Emergency Dispatcher
  • Paramedic
  • Patient Care Technician

Industry-Based Certifications

  • American heart Association Basic Life Support Certification, CPR, AED
  • NYS Department of Health EMT-B Certification
  • NYS Certified First Responder

Technical Assessment

New York State EMT-B Certification Exam
Pass ALL three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio

Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance

This two-year program is based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum. Students will learn how to operate and maintain large, construction-related equipment. Types of equipment may include backhoes, dozers, front end loaders, excavators, and forklifts. Students will also learn how to diagnose and repair common issues with diesel engines and heavy machine operation. View the program flyer here.

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Regents Algebra
  • Earth Science

Related career opportunities (attainable through program)

  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Truck Mechanic
  • CDL-B Drivers

Industry-Based Certifications

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Certification (10-hour)
  • NCCER certifications by module
  • Industrial Lift Truck Certification

Technical Assessment

NCCER Heavy Equipment Operator’s Certification Level 1
Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction:
    • Heavy Equipment Safety
    • Equipment Identificatiaon
    • Hand Tools
    • Power Tools
  • Operation and Maintenance:
    • Basic Operational Techniques
    • Front End Loaders
    • Excavators
    • Dozers
    • Backhoes
  • Diesel Technology and Repair
    • Diesel Engines
    • Power Trains
    • Air Brake Systems
    • Steering Systems
    • Suspension Systems
    • Electrical Systems
    • Hydraulics
    • Welding

HVAC/R & Green Technologies

With classroom instruction and project-based learning, students learn design, installation and repair of HVAC systems and emerging technologies including solar and geothermal in this two-year program. Students receive extensive training in home energy efficiency and have the opportunity to obtain 10-Hour OSHA Safety Training, EPA section 608 refrigerant handling certification and Universal R-410A Safety training and certification. View the program flyer.

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Algebra 2
  • Basic Electricity
  • Computer Assisted Design
  • Design and Drawing Production
  • Physics

Curriculum and materials used

Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Textbook, Workbook, and Library Manual

Topics Covered

  • Safety
  • Power and Specialized Hand Tools
  • Compressors, Condensers, Evaporators
  • Piping Materials and Fittings
  • Wiring
  • Energy Sources and Fuels
  • Furnaces
  • Air Conditioning Systems
  • Motors and Generators
  • Installation, Service and Repair

HVAC/R & Green Technologies students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

College credit available through the program

Alfred State College
BLCT 3453 Plumbing Trade Safety
Hudson Valley Community College
HVAC 110 Refrigeration Principles I (4 credit hours)
University of Northwestern Ohio
HV 101 Service & Procedures I (6 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.)

Related career opportunities

  • Business Owner
  • Engineer
  • Installer
  • Plant Manager
  • Retail Parts Employee/Manger
  • Salesperson
  • Service Technician
  • Green Technologies: Solar Technologies, and Geothermal Technologies

Industry-Based Certification (attainable through program)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Certification (10 hr.)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 Certification
GasTite CSST Certification

Technical endorsement

HVAC Excellence H.E.A.T. Plus
Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Information Technology

In the Information Technology program students can choose between two pathways: a Cisco Networking Academy pathway and a Computer Programming pathway. At the beginning of this two year program, all students start with the fundamentals of both networking, programming, and as well as information technology in general. Students then decide which pathway they want to specialize in.

In the Cisco Networking Academy pathway, students learn how to install, configure and troubleshoot networks using a web based curriculum and a simulation of networking environments to prepare them to be a computer network technician.  In the Computer Programming pathway, students learn programming using a variety of languages including HTML, CSS, JavaScript and may include C++, Python, Php and others as time permits.  All students will also have opportunities to explore Web Design, 3D Animation and App Design, Programming Microcontrollers and Robots, and Database design.

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE OFFERED AT REC ONLY.  IT WILL BE DISCONTINUED AT CGEC IN 2019-20.

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Any computer programming, design or networking courses.

Topics Covered

Networking Programming

The OSI Model
Router/Switch configuration
Routing protocols
Routing Security
LAN Security
LAN Redundancy
VLANs
VLAN Security
DHCP
NAT/PAT
Access Lists
Branch Connections

Variables
Methods/Functions
Flow Control
Iterative Control
Pointers
Data Structures
Memory Access
Objects
Inheritance
Abstract Data Types

 

Available Academic Credits

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor

College Credit Available From

  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh*
  • Bryant & Stratton College*
  • Columbia Greene Community College
  • Hudson Valley Community College

*These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.

Related Career Opportunities

  • Computer Network Technician
  • Computer Sales or Service Technician
  • Network Designer or Administrator
  • Systems Analysis
  • Programmer
  • App, Web, or Game Developer
  • Database Administrator

Industry-Based Certifications (attainable through program)

  • CISCO CCNA® Certification
  • CISCO CCENT Certification
  • C++ Programming Certification
  • Java Programming Certification
  • Linux OS Certification

Technical Assessment

Students will take one of six approved technical assessments for this program based on their area of specialization.  Students must pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio

Licensing

  • CISCO CCNA® Certification
  • CISCO A+ Computer Technician Certification
  • CISCO CCENT Certification

 

Technical endorsement

CISCO Skills Exam

To earn a CTE technical endorsement on their diploma, students must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Earn the minimum 22 credits for HS graduation in NYS
  • Pass the minimum 5 required regents exams (ELA, 1 Math, 1 Science, US History and Global History)
  • Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Welding/Metal Fabrication (CGEC Only)

The two-year Welding program is based on the American Welding Society (AWS) curriculum, which provides broad exposure to the operation, standards, and current practices in the field of welding and metal fabrication. Students learn and have hands-on practice with a variety of welding techniques including MIG, TIG, and stick.  Students work with metal preparation, torch and plasma cutting, reading schematics, and using different power tools.  The content and hands-on experience prepares students with the foundation for different careers in welding and metal fabrication. View the program flyer.

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Chemistry
  • Design & Drawing for Production (DDP)
  • Physics

Curriculum and materials used

  • Welding Principles and Applications
  • Machining Fundamentals
  • American Welding Society curriculum is followed

Topics Covered

  • Safety
  • Oxy Fuel Gas Welding
  • Metal Preparation
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (MIG)
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Welding Symbols
  • Plasma Arc Cutting
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Layout and Design

Welding students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

College credit available through the program

SUNY Alfred
DCAD 1053 Technical Calculations I or
WELD 1723 Welder’s Calculations I or
MATT 1913 Machinist Calculations
SUNY Delhi
WELD 140 Blueprint Reading I (3 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends this college.)

Related career opportunities

  • Construction Worker
  • Custom Fabricator
  • Military
  • Pipefitter
  • Underwater Welder
  • Welder: Bridge, Aerospace, Shipyard, Aircraft, and Rail Road Construction Industries
  • Welding Equipment Sales

Industry-Based Certifications (attainable through program)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Certification (10 hour)

Technical Assessment

SkillsUSA Welding Assessment
Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Career Studies Programs

Career Studies programs provide high school students (ages 16-21) with entry-level training in a technical area or trade at an alternative learning pace. These programs are designed to provide more customized career instruction and experience in a supportive learning environment. Career Studies programs have a small student-teacher ratio and are taught by certified teachers with substantial real-world experience in their given trade. The smaller class size provides an individualized course of instruction that helps the student to become successful in the world of work.

Characteristics of a successful student

  • A strong interest in some or all course material
  • Open-minded, eager to learn about new things
  • Excellent attendance
  • Interest and some ability in technical area
  • Parental support of the Career Studies program

Automotive Services

Building Trades

Hospitality & Lodging/Skills, Tasks and Results (START)

Introduction to Employment

Introduction to Food Services

Automotive Services

Curriculum and materials used

  • Lab vehicles for hands on activities
  • Automotive textbooks
  • Instructional videos and online resources
Related career opportunities
  • Entry Level Technician
  • Lubrication Technician
  • Parts Specialist
  • Shop Assistant
  • Automotive Detailer
  • Auto Recycling Worker

Licensing

  • Students who complete the two-year program meet the minimum hour requirement to sit for the New York State Inspection License Course.

Building Trades

Building Trades prepares students for entry-level positions in the construction, facilities maintenance and the custodial fields. Students in the program will complete group projects that are work-based in nature, involve problem solving, utilize hands-on skills and will benefit the school and local communities.

Curriculum and materials used

  • Residential Construction Academy-Facilities Maintenance, 2nd Edition -used primarily as a guideline for the units of study
  • Instructor designed unit outlines, worksheets and tests

Related career opportunities

  • Carpenter’s Assistant
  • Plumber’s Assistant
  • Electrician’s Assistant
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Custodial Engineer
  • Hardware/Lumber Yard Assistant

Hospitality & Lodging/Skills, Tasks and Results (START)

This two-year program trains students for entry-level careers within the hospitality and lodging industry through real-world knowledge, skills, and job training. Students can also earn professional certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute’s START program.

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment at home school district

  • Introduction to Food Services

Curriculum and materials used

  • START Your Hospitality Career START’s here: American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
  • START Workbook: American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
  • Skills Competency Checklist:  American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
  • New York State Work Based Learning Program

Related career opportunities

  • Front Desk Representative
  • Bell Attendant
  • Guestroom Attendant
  • Maintenance Employee
  • Laundry Attendant
  • Public Space Cleaner
  • Banquet Setup Employee
  • Banquet Server
  • Bus Person

Licensing

  • Line-Level Hospitality Skills Certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

Introduction to Employment

Introduction to Employment allows students to explore job experiences in the areas of food services, retail and business skills to help provide insight into a career path. Students observe and perform hands-on job specific activities at local worksites with job coaches who provide support. Each student completes a portfolio and has assistance in locating job opportunities after graduation.

Curriculum and materials used

  • Learning for Earning, textbook

Related career opportunities

  • Restaurant Services
  • Child/Daycare Services
  • Maintenance Employee
  • Retail Store Services

Introduction to Food Services

Introduction to Food Services prepares students for entry level positions within the food service industry. Students are engaged in academic and practical hands on lessons and learn a variety of preparation and food skills. Students will be provided with an opportunity to work in an approved commercial site during school hours.

Curriculum and materials used

  • Food & Nutrition Textbook/Workbook
  • Measuring cups, spoons, scales
  • Kitchen Aid & Commercial Mixers
  • Conventional and convection ovens

Related career opportunities

  • Dietary Aide
  • Prep Cook
  • Wait Staff
  • Bus Person
  • Food Station Attendant
  • Café Worker

New Visions Programs

New Visions students gain valuable insight into career options from a real-world perspective. A 1-year, honors-level program, New Visions turns area businesses, health care facilities and government buildings into classrooms for highly motivated, academically successful high school seniors.

For 3.5 hours each day, New Visions students learn and explore through mentoring, internships, interactions with professionals, group discussion and creative projects, as well as more traditional methods. New Visions students earn four academic credits including one credit each for English and social studies and two electives credits. They also may earn college credit, and the program is a proven asset on transcripts and college applications.

Medical

The Questar III New Visions: Medical program allows students to explore a wide variety of careers and specialty areas in the medical field through first-hand experience and related college coursework. Students will explore a variety of professions while being exposed to a multitude of clinical settings. The program will also provide valuable preparation for students interested in pursuing related careers such as dentistry or veterinary medicine.

Based at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, the New Visions: Medical program is a smart choice for highly motivated seniors who are interested in learning about careers in the medical field before heading off to college. This program, like all New Visions programs, is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to make informed college and career decisions. The program integrates rigorous college-level academics with hands-on experiences. You will observe, interact with, and learn from medical professionals in clinical settings.

Students will experience a variety of medical professions, such as

  • Physician
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Nurse
  • Medical Technologist

Students will spend a large percentage of their time in clinical settings, such as

  • Physical Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care

Clinical rotation locations off campus include

  • Samaritan Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Hospital

High school credits

  • Medical Physics (science elective) – 1 credit
  • Anatomy & Physiology (science elective) – 1 credit
  • English 12 – 1 credit
  • Participation in Government – ½ credit
  • Economics – ½ credit

PLEASE NOTE: Additional high school credits in Physical Education (1/2 credit) and Health (1/2 credit) may be available upon district request and approval.

College credits

  • Medical Physics (with lab) – 4 credits (from The Sage Colleges)
  • Human Biology (with lab) – 4 credits (from The Sage Colleges)

Scientific Research & World Health

This highly selective, college level academic experience offers hands-on laboratory research in the emerging biotechnologies, scientific literacy and global health. Learn how scientific principles are utilized to understand and cure disease. Located at the University at Albany’s Health Sciences Campus in Rensselaer, students experience health focused research efforts.

Students can earn up to fifteen college credits through the University at Albany’s University in the High School (UHS) Program by taking ‘Introduction to Public Health’ and ‘Contemporary Issues in Biological Sciences’ and through Russell Sage College by taking ‘Issues in Science through Literature’ and ‘Research Methods in Biotechnology’. Students learn the principles of current scientific research and human health in these classes.

PLEASE NOTE: Additional high school credits in Physical Education (1/2 credit) and Health (1/2 credit) may be available upon district request and approval.

Students will participate in experiments with researchers from:

  • Center for Functional Genomics
  • Cancer Research Center
  • Institute for Health and the Environment
  • Albany School of Public Health
  • New York Stem Cell Institute
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Pharmaceutical Research Institute
  • Regeneron
  • Taconic Biotechnology

Additional rotation locations off campus include:

  • New York State Department of Health
  • New York State Museum
  • Albany Medical Center
  • Albany County Department of Health
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Wadsworth Research Center
  • Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

College articulations

  • University at Albany/University in the High School Program
  • Russell Sage College

STEM

STEM students are at the forefront of technology in all fields. The Questar III New Visions program in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) is an ideal choice for students who are planning to attend an undergraduate program in engineering or the physical sciences. This program, which blends practical experience with classroom instruction, exposes students to various engineering fields, research, applied mathematics, technology and the sciences. Students study how to implement state-of-the-art science as they explore the world of technology and engineering.

Located at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, students participate in laboratory experiments and interact with college faculty and scientific professionals, while engaging in rigorous college coursework and meeting NYS graduation requirements.

Students interact with over 80 professionals each year, including researchers from Rensselaer as well as technology companies such as GE, SuperPower, and Benet Labs.

An ideal choice for students who want to know what it really means to be an engineer or scientist, the STEM program integrates rigorous academics with practical experiences.

Students interact in the fields of

  • Biomedical Science & Engineering
  • Chemical Science & Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Science & Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics
  • Smart Lighting

High school credits

  • English 12 (ELA) – 1 credit
  • Participation in Government – 1/2 credit
  • Economics – ½ credit
  • Advanced Engineering Research and Applications (AERA) – 1 credit

PLEASE NOTE: Additional high school credit in Physical Education (1/2 credit) may be available upon district request and approval.

College credits

  • Rensselaer Physics 1100 – 4 credits
  • Rensselaer Physics 1200 – 4 credits

Learning opportunities for students are not limited to the technology labs. The diverse Rensselaer community exposes students to different perspectives on government, economics, and culture.

New Visions graduates have attended Bachelor’s, Master’s and/or Ph.D. programs at colleges and universities across the nation. Many students apply and gain acceptance to RPI and other notable institutions such as: Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, Clarkson, RIT, WPI, Boston University, Northwestern University, Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, University at Buffalo, and SUNY Binghamton. Graduates have also completed two-year degrees at HVCC and then transferred into some of the top engineering schools in the country to complete their Bachelor’s degree and beyond.

Visual & Performing Arts

This unique program provides opportunities to explore a wide array of careers in the visual and performing arts. Based at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in historic downtown Troy, the program blends an integrated curriculum in college-level English, music, art, theatre and film studies with hands-on experience in a creative academic environment. Students participate in both workshops and classroom instruction. Furthermore, they gain valuable insight into career options by working directly with local visual and performing artists such as jewelry designers, photographers, dancers and actors and through visiting art galleries and attending live theater productions.

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. In the spring, students showcase their artwork in the Student/Faculty Gallery at The Arts Center and write and perform a live theatre production. Additionally, the New Visions: Visual & Performing Arts program gives students the opportunity to develop a portfolio and/or prepare the audition materials needed to apply to a college arts program.

Graduates of the New Visions: Visual & Performing Arts Program have been accepted to many competitive arts colleges, including NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Pratt Institute of Design, Emerson College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Rhode Island School of Design, SUNY Purchase, Eugene Lang College and Parsons School for Design.

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