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Career and Tech Open House welcomes visitors

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Annserete Santiago, a 1st-year student in the Engineering Technology program, with her parents, Wanda and Charlie, at our CTE Open House.

Students and their families toured HFM BOCES’ classrooms at the annual Career and Tech Open House Thursday, Oct. 6. Parents and friends had a chance to see what students do each day in one of 15 CTE programs.

Along with displays and demonstrations of student projects in existing programs, a new two-year program in Veterinary and Animal Science introduced itself to visitors. Licensed Veterinary Technician Meredith Tuppen is the instructor for the new science-based program, which prepares students for a variety of career options in the expanding pet industry. The program emphasizes anatomy and physiology, animal handling, grooming, pet first aid, health and disease, clinical practices and more. Students may enroll in the class, which launches in September 2017.

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Instructor Meredith Tuppen speaks to a potential student about the new Veterinary and Animal Science program launching in Sept. 2017 at the CTE Open House.

CTE programs challenge students in stimulating learning environments that reflect real-world work settings, helping them transform theory and knowledge into practical skills. Students achieve professional, technical expertise alongside core academic, including math, science and literacy skills, within the context of their program curricula.

HFM Career & Technical Education programs help students make career choices and prepare for their next steps after high school. Whether students graduate from high school and continue to college, enroll into additional technical training, or go directly to work, they benefit from exploring different careers and learning marketable skills.

More than two-thirds of CTE students plan to continue their education in college following their successful BOCES experience. Many CTE programs have articulation agreements with colleges, universities and trade schools that enable students to earn college credit while completing high school.