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Students visit BOCES CTE campus to research their future

RCS students during a visit to the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Albany.
RCS students during a visit to the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Albany.

As high school students approach their junior and senior year, they are faced with a multitude of questions: What am I passionate about for a career? What goal can I set to achieve my interests? Is it culinary, carpentry or construction? Or could it be a career path towards welding, engineering or law enforcement? Recently, 30 RCS students took an opportunity to visit the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Albany Campus to find those answers.

RCS students during a visit to the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Albany.
RCS students participating in career sessions during a visit to the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Albany.

For example, take RCS Sophomore Jennifer Marra. Ms. Marra took the initiative to find out more about her interest in the culinary world. She and a colleague visited Chef Mark Brucker’s classroom and learned from current BOCES students about the fine art of ravioli making. “I’ve been cooking for a while now so I would be fun to do as a career,” she said. She learned the technique to properly handle dough and the correct process to make a recipe a success. Sounds easy, but the process is delicate and sometimes we overlook the simplicity of a recipe that creates an excellent meal.

RCS students during a visit to the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Albany.
RCS students learning about potential career options during their visit to the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School.

At Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School, more than 70 percent of high school students pursue higher education, while many others directly enter the workforce with a highly technical skill set such as cooking, network cabling, operating heavy equipment or accessing opportunities in engineering. Once an education path for students only seeking vocational skills, career and technical education is now a pathway for students looking to build career skills, get a start on their college education or just learn a life skill that will allow them pay for college.

If you have interest or know of a student who might be interested in the CTE program, please contact your guidance counselor for additional information. It’s never too late to see what options are ahead of you. Take the leap and see for yourself!