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Animal Science is a rigorous two-year Career and Technical Education program designed to explore the diverse field of animal science. Students will recognize the important roles animals play in society from individual ownership to scientific research with far reaching implications. Animal Science students will acquire basic knowledge and skills necessary for further study or entry level positions in animal science and related fields. This technical course teaches specialized and advanced skills in areas such as veterinary assisting, care and handling of animals in a laboratory or veterinary setting, dog grooming, and kennel/pet shop management. Classroom opportunities include the development of animal handling skills and the study of animal behaviors through care and observation of animals housed in the classroom. This class also covers animal anatomy and physiology, care, behavior, breeding, body systems, genetics, training, and management of various animals. Course materials are enhanced with hands-on activities that include daily lab/clinic and field trips. Students are encouraged to participate in FFA and SkillsUSA activities and competitions that will enhance instruction and provide the opportunity to develop leadership skills.

The goal of this program is to introduce students to the many aspects of the audio and visual mediums that are currently being used in music and audio applications and visual production. Our visual work focuses on photo framing and composition, cinematography techniques and 2D animation with green screen. In audio, we currently focus on music multi-track recording, effect process engineering and scoring for visual productions.

Students will gain a working understanding and practice a wide variety of applications associated with the audio and video industry standard software including Adobe Photoshop, Audition, Pro Tools, After Effects, Avid and Sony Acid programs.

Applications of software include: Creating music scores for all video productions, Multi-track music writing, performance and post mixing, Graphic layout and design of CD and DVD jackets and promotional flyers, 2D animation and green screen CG, Film making, including filming, editing and scoring, commercial production, broadcast journalism, and music videos.

This course, taught by ASE certified instructors, will prepare students for careers and further study in the changing field of automotive technology through hands-on project based learning experiences. The program goal is to prepare students for entry level automotive careers and further study in automotive maintenance and light repair. Options for further study include Automotive Technology/Mechanics, Motorsports, Parts and Service Technology, Motorcycle Technology, ATV and Diesel Mechanics. Students gain experience through a hands-on laboratory work space. Projects include oil changes, tires, brakes, exhaust systems, engine work, electrical repairs, and NYS inspections. Students have the opportunity to participate in SkillsUSA competitions as well as other competitions that are sponsored by car dealerships and car manufacturers. Some of these competitions may result in prizes of tools or scholarships.

The Carpentry and Construction Trades course affords students the opportunity to experience the basics in a multitude of trade areas. The program provides students with classroom instruction and hands-on experiences in various aspects of the construction industry. Students learn the basics of construction, electrical wiring, masonry, carpentry, plumbing, heating. This two-year program provides students with basic knowledge of tools, methods, and materials used in carpentry and construction trades. Students can tailor the program around career interests, whether it be carpentry, construction, residential electrical, HVAC, or plumbing. Shop safety and a safe work environment are a fundamental part of the class. Students will spend time in the classroom and will go to job sites. Students who complete this course are prepared for entry level employment or further studies in carpentry/construction trades.

Collision Repair/Auto Body covers all aspects of collision repair and finish work on vehicles. In the shop setting, students experience the methods of complete auto collision repair, working on damaged vehicles. They also learn several methods of custom design finish work and accurate estimating procedures. Our Collision Repair Shops are state-of-the-art and are evolving from solvent based paint to the latest environmentally friendly technology of low emission, water borne paint with down draft paint booths. Students learn automotive structure, become familiar with the tools used in collision repair, and master a variety of repair techniques. The class gives students a solid foundation, and the required certification, for entry level work in the collision field or for further study in this growing industry.

The Cosmetology program is a 1000-hour hands-on introduction to the exciting and creative world of the beauty industry with an emphasis on professionalism and guidelines set forth by the New York State Division of Licensing. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the New York State Board Exam to become a licensed Cosmetologist. The course is designed to prepare students to pass both the written and practical New York State Department of Licensing exam in Cosmetology, obtain the knowledge and skills needed for an entry level position within the beauty industry, or seek advanced training in the field. The program provides a curriculum which includes theory, practical, professional, ethical and health awareness. Students practice techniques in a supervised clinic which consists of a full service salon.

The Criminal Justice program prepares students for careers and further study in the field of Criminal Justice. The Criminal Justice System covers the fields of police, courts and corrections. Students will study law, both criminal and civil, including New York State Penal, Criminal Procedure, and Constitutional. Students will gain knowledge in many aspects of law and law enforcement through instruction and hands on activities. Students will develop a strong foundation of knowledge, as well as an understanding of the criminal justice system. Upon completion, students will be better prepared for continued studies in criminal justice, entry level law enforcement positions or military service.

Students in this course are actively involved in all areas of the restaurant industry using a state of the art kitchen/dining room facility. This is a very hands-on professional program. Experiences include plating, portioning and garnishing a variety of foods, meat preparation, standard restaurant-style preparation, daily safety, and sanitation inspection. Students will also learn planning, ordering, preparation to quality controls, service, and presentation. Students will prepare and serve high quality meals to faculty, students, and community groups. Students will also have banquet and catering experiences.

In the Early Childhood program, students learn about the characteristics, needs, and behavior of young children. Students participate in a preschool learning lab at the CTE Center and/or at local district elementary schools. Internships and partnerships with home schools are ongoing throughout the second year. Classroom and lab work is rigorous, relevant to the career field, and prepares students for success in the post-secondary educational setting.

Upon completion of this program, students have the opportunity to leave with a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credenital, as well as eleven credits toward education at JCC and other colleges and universities. This program offers students the foundation for introduction to teaching, as well as child development careers in child care, physical therapy, occupational therapy with a concentration in education.

Integrated science using Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology focuses on the characterization, fabrication, and manipulation of biological and nonbiological structures on the scale of 1-100 nanometers in size. Encompassing nanotechnology is nanoscience, nanoengineering and technology, as well as physics, chemistry, and biological sciences.

All CTE students will gain an understanding of the role nanoproducts play and be able to identify nanoproducts already in use. They will understand the importance of material science and engineering in the development of new products and the career path to jobs in the nanotechnology field.

Students will have the opportunity to operate the JEOL 6010LA Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), the Phenom ProX SEM, or Bruker Dimension Edge Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and use it to image, analyze, and manipulate materials at the nanoscale. They will also learn about sample preparation using a Cressington 108 Manual Sputter Coater.

Component school use of the SEM

  • Host teacher training workshops to introduce Nanotechnology.
  • Host component school science classes and introduce students to the world of Nanotechnology.
  • Schedule and prepare samples for remote sessions.

Introduction to Nanotechnology (Nano 101) – Online

Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing field of STEM that embraces concepts from biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics. It encompasses the manipulation of very small materials, called “nanomaterials”.

Course goals included providing students with sufficient scientific and engineering knowledge necessary to understand:

  • The differences between nano and bulk scale.
  • How to choose or design nanomaterials with desired properties for particular applications.
  • Using particular properties to invent products or solve problems.

A class looks at microscopic images on a screen

Heavy Equipment Operations will prepare students to operate a variety of equipment under the guidance of an experienced instructor. This two-year program will follow the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) curriculum as well as locally developed enhancements. The program provides instruction on the operation, general maintenance, and safety specific to the heavy equipment operations field. The two-year course will allow students to earn OSHA certifications as well as a NYSED technical endorsement. Students will experience lab time of approximately 1.5 hours per day. During lab time, students are engaged in hands-on learning activities with various forms of heavy equipment.

The Media Communications Technology program has been designed to give students the technical skills and hands-on experience they need to pursue a wide range of interests and opportunities in the digital design field. Students will learn to be designers in an ever-changing world.
Software to be covered includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premier, Audition, Muse, Fuse, After Effects and Animate. Media students will be prepared for exciting careers and studies in design, advertising, illustration, photography, video, and audio technology as well as web, animation, game design, and marketing. Students are required to create a professional portfolio showcasing their knowledge and experiences both in print and on the web.

The Medical Assisting program prepares students to be allied health professionals. Students will learn to perform routine clinical and administrative tasks that keep medical facilities running smoothly. Students will also learn interpersonal skills to work with medical personnel and patients. Students develop skills to put patients at ease, explain physician’s instructions, respect the confidential nature of medical information and perform all duties with a high level of professionalism. Students will participate in clinics throughout the two years, focusing on body systems, patient screenings and clinical assisting skills. Students will also participate in internships with medical facilities throughout their second year in the program.

The Medical Professions Program is a two-year program that prepares students for a career in health occupations, placing an emphasis on those requiring an associate’s degree or obtaining professional certification. Focal points of the program include the skills associated with Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Medical Biller and Coder, and Pharmacy Technician.

The Medical Professions curriculum exposes students to an exciting variety of “in demand” health care careers. It provides theory, skills and real world experiences related to the role of the medical professional. This program will also provide the student with the confidence he/she will need to be successful in the health care field by enhancing their leadership, communication, and management skills.

Natural Resources are the building blocks of society. Water, soil, wood and wildlife are the raw materials that we rely on throughout our lives. The Natural Resources program is concerned with the management and conservation of these natural resources.

Students should be able to perform manual labor with hand tools and heavy equipment. Most fieldwork is outdoors so the student should be willing and able to spend extended periods outside and dress for the weather. Natural Resource students work with dangerous equipment in an open environment and must exercise caution and responsibility. The program will introduce students to the fields of forestry, environmental science, surveying and heavy equipment operation. The program will also prepare students for college or employment in related fields and develop a safe and cooperative work ethic.

A one year, senior level, highly academic program that allows students to explore
the education field while gaining high school and college credits. Students accepted into the program must be in good academic standing with an excellent attendance record. New Visions Education program provides an opportunity for students to obtain skill and understanding through participation in several rotations in various classrooms.

The program provides students the opportunity to learn education terminology, technology, structure, mandates,
and services. Students will participate in rotations in a variety of educational settings which including, elementary, middle, and high school, as well as specialty areas such as special education, music, art, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech, counseling and administration.

Students will learn the roles and expectations of an educational professional in New
York State. They will participate in various teacher training such as Dignity for All Students (DASA), classroom management techniques, cooperative learning strategies, and First Aid Training. Students will also be able to develop into informed citizens through course work in Economics and Participation in Government.


A one-year, senior-level, highly academic program that allows students to explore the health care field while gaining high school and college credits. The program provides students the opportunity to learn basic medical concepts, exposure to many medical careers and settings, and familiarize students with anatomy and physiology of the human body at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels. The program also provides accumulation of up to 150 clinical hours in local hospitals/health care facilities.

Students will learn the basic principles of Medical Terminology – medical word building, pronunciation and use of medical terms. This program will develop critical thinking and writing skills through various projects and research papers. Students will also be able to develop into informed citizens through course work in Economics and Participation in Government.

Power Equipment Technology combines the challenge of solving a mechanical problem and making a piece of power equipment perform. In this two-year program, students learn about the basic internal combustion engine theory (both gas and diesel), as well as gain practical experience with heavy equipment operation, preventative maintenance, reconditioning, and troubleshooting. Farm machinery and small engine repair are also covered. PET is designed to provide students with a basic set of mechanical skills. This skill set will allow students to branch out into many different mechanical career fields including: Power Sports, Small Engine / Consumer Products Service, Agricultural/Construction/Truck Repair, Welding/Metal Fabrication and Heavy Equipment Operation.

This structured, yet flexible high school program offers students in-depth, hands-on knowledge of engineering and technology-based careers. The three-tiered approach to learning flows from foundation courses, to specialization courses, to a capstone course. Students will learn engineering design and explore technology systems and manufacturing processes. Logical thought processes are built through “Activity based Project based Problem based” (APPB) learning experiences in the program. Students will formulate solutions to open-ended engineering questions. Prepares students for careers and further study in design, engineering, and related fields.

This structured, yet flexible program offers, students in-depth, hands-on knowledge of engineering and advanced manufacturing technology based careers. The three-tiered approach to learning flows from foundation courses to specialized courses. Logical thought processes and technical skills are built through “Activity/Project/Problem Based” (APPB) learning experiences in the program. Students learn introduction to design, principles of engineering, computer integrated manufacturing, design and development, and advanced manufacturing.

This program is open to all Junior and Senior students. Students can pursue a Junior/Senior option, dual credit/articulated credits and a technical endorsement on their High School Regents Diploma. Students can also pursue a Senior only option, leading to dual/articulated credit.

Welding and Metal Fabrication is a two-year program to prepare students for entry-level positions, apprenticeships, and college level training programs. Students learn and work in a professional environment to develop real world employee skills for success in future training and employment. Students who succeed in this program will have a broad base of skills related to the metalworking, manufacturing, and construction industries. Students will learn specific skills using the latest technology in welding and fabrication including SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, OFC, PAC, as well as Shearing, Punching, Forming, Sawing, Grinding, and Drilling.

Topics covered include safety, layout skills, welded joint design, blue print reading, metal fabrication, metallurgy, testing, and inspection of welds.