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Today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers in established and emerging industries. High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, graduate at higher rates and typically go on to post-secondary education.

  • Taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school.
    • Plank et al, Dropping Out of High School and the Place of Career and Technical
      Education, National Research Center for CTE, 2005.
  • The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93%, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80%.
    • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education data;
      Civic Enterprises et al, Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the
      High School Dropout Epidemic: Annual Update, 2014.
  • 91% of high school graduates who earned 2-3 CTE credits enrolled in college.
    • U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Data
      Point: Career and Technical Education Course taking and Post-secondary Enrollment and
      Attainment: High School Classes of 1992 and 2004, 2016.
  • CA BOCES CTE programs offer 19 Certifications in 14 programs.
  • Every program CTE program at CA BOCES has articulation agreements with local and regional colleges offering our students college credits.
  • A 2015 NYS Education Dept. BOCES report card states that 89.53% of CA BOCES CTE graduates are either employed or are continuing their education.

CTE Administration

  • James Schifley
    • Assistant Superintendent for Career and Technical Education
    • 716-376-8371
  • Thomasine F. Graf
    • CTE Outreach Coordinator
    • 716-376-8225
  • Matthew Fanton
    • CTE / Workforce Development Community Learning Principal
    • 716-376-8384
  • Sara Benjamin
    • Administrative Secretary
    • 716-376-8383

CTE Center at Belmont

5536 County Route 48
Belmont, NY 14813 | 716-376-8322

  • Kathleen Brisky
    • Building Principal
    • 716-376-8327
  • Cheryl Wenrich
    • Secretary to Principal
    • 716-376-8326
  • Caitlyn Callahan
    • Guidance Counselor
    • 716-376-8358
  • Matthew Hopkins
    • Student Services & Work-Based Learning Coordinator
    • 716-376-8328
  • Kimberly Sheets
    • School Nurse
    • 716-376-8318
  • Mary Straight
    • CTE Secretary
    • 716-376-8322

CTE Center at Ellicottville

5550 Route 242 E.
Ellicottville, NY 14731 | 716-376-8300

  • Noel Sheehy
    • Building Principal
    • 716-376-8344
  • Deanna Steffenhagen
    • Secretary to Principal
    • 716-376-8345
  • Joseph Colligan
    • Guidance Counselor
    • 716-376-8343
  • Terry Fuller
    • Work-Based Learning Coordinator
    • 716-376-8346
  • Jenny Nye
    • School Nurse
    • 716-376-8347
  • Angela Felt
    • CTE Secretary
    • 716-376-8300

CTE Center at Olean

1825 Windfall Rd.
Olean, NY 14760 | 716-376-8410

  • Cory Pecorella
    • Building Principal
    • 716-376-8251
  • Jackie Paddock
    • Secretary to Principal
    • 716-376-8265
  • Brianna Eaton
    • Guidance Counselor
    • 716-376-8267
  • Todd McLaughlin
    • Work-Based Learning Coordinator
    • 716-376-8611
  • Kathleen Gallagher
    • School Nurse
    • 716-376-8348

Home School Distribution of Credits:

Year 1

  • 2.0 Units Career & Technical Education
  • 0.5 Units CTE Integrated/Specialized Math
  • 0.5 Units CTE Integrated/Specialized Science
  • 0.5 Units CTE Integrated ELA

Year 2

  • 2.0 Units Career & Technical Education
  • 0.5 Units CTE Integrated/Specialized Math
  • 0.5 Units CTE Integrated/Specialized Science
  • 0.5 Units CTE Integrated ELA

Earn a Regents Diploma with a 4+1 CTE pathway

Meet the minimum diploma requirement. Pass 4 required Regents exams, one in each discipline. Successfully complete a NYSED approved CTE Program which includes:

  • 3 or more CTE credits
  • National technical assessment
  • Work based learning experience opportunity
  • An employ-ability profile

Meet or exceed the NYS cut score on both written and performance portion of the approved Pathway Assessment.
CTE technical assessments aligned with approved CTE programs of study are now considered as approved +1 Pathway Assessments and may be used as the fifth required exam toward graduation.

STUDENTS EXIT WITH A REGENTS DIPLOMA


Earn a CTE Technical Endorsement

Meet the minimum diploma requirement. Pass 5 required Regents exams or approved alternate (Pathway Assessments above). Successfully complete a NYSED approved CTE Program which includes:

  • 3 or more CTE credits
  • National technical assessment
  • Work based learning experience opportunity
  • An employ-ability profile

Meet or exceed the NYS cut score on the written and performance portions of the approved program assessment. Successfully develop a portfolio, and complete a Work Based Learning Experience.

STUDENTS EXIT WITH A REGENTS DIPLOMA WITH TECHNICAL ENDORSEMENT

Do I take math, science, and ELA at CTE? …YES!

High-quality CTE programs ensure that coursework is simultaneously aligned to rigorous academic standards and postsecondary expectations. CTE programs use applied, contextual learning to help students see the relevance of what they are learning and its connection to career opportunities and life goals. These programs also provide innovative options for supporting students with different learning styles.

CTE programs have a fundamental advantage because they are modeled closely after real careers students may one day enter. The students can readily demonstrate the answer to questions such as “How am I ever going to use this?” and “Why should I learn this?”. Reading, written communications, listening, speaking and mathematical reasoning (with problem solving) are embedded in careers.

Academic and CTE teachers work together to parallel their coursework and jointly teach cross-disciplinary projects that tackle real-world problems.

Examples of Integrated Academics:

  • Science – Biology, Chemistry (some for college credit), and Physics concepts are learned and utilized in many of the CTE areas. Anatomy and Physiology are extensively covered as well. The students are using scanning electron microscope, AFM (Atomic Force Microscope) and nanotechnology concepts to discover more about their specific tech areas.
  • Math – Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-calculus concepts, are taught and integrated into the lessons and hands on applications.
  • ELA – The students use various technologies to create presentations, portfolios, and inventories. The students create a viable professional portfolio that includes a cover letter, resume, references, examples of their work-based learning experiences both in and out of the center.
  • Students are also taught technical writing, customer communication skills, professional vocabulary, grammar and editing skills.

Getting ready for the world – Early Entry CTE

Early Entry CTE is designed to reinforce employability and academic skills. This program provides students the opportunity to develop the skills and work habits they will need to succeed in work and life after high school. This program supports the needs of students who are having difficulty connecting traditional academic instruction to practical application and process. Content is structured around CTE skills and activities, which are used to teach and reinforce CDOS and academic skills, including ELA, Math, Science, and Technology. This program focuses on preparing students for CTE programs or entry level employment. Students enrolled in Early Entry CTE will have the option to earn a .5 health credit along with a 1.0 math credit as determined by the District.

 
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