Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES News Article

Two CTE programs named “top in the nation”

Two BOCES 2 programs have been recognized as “top” Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs by a national organization. The Child and Family Development and Plumbing and Heating programs at WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center were designated as quality CTE programs by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education at the Southern Regional Education Board (NRCCTE). The NRCCTE, along with the New York State Education Department, are working to identify a small, representative sample of high-quality CTE programs. 

In early May a research team from the Georgia-based organization visited classrooms and spoke with instructors and students. The designation and accompanying research by NRCCTE will be used as part of a national effort led by J.P. Morgan-Chase to expand high-quality, career-focused CTE programs. The result of the study, as well as the recommendations for expanding CTE, will be presented to the New York State Board of Regents. State funding for CTE programs will also be guided by the study’s findings.

“I am so proud that two of our CTE programs were selected for this distinguished honor,” said Jill Slavny, executive principal of Career and Technical Education. “This recognition validates the great work we are doing every day.”

In the Plumbing and Heating program students learn the fundamentals of residential plumbing and heating installation. They become proficient in reading blueprints and schematics while learning to fit, assemble and prepare piping. In addition, students learn to install residential and commercial heating, air conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation systems. In the Child and Family Development program, students learn about human development and how systems of people work and function, to prepare for a career in helping professions such as teacher, social worker or counselor.

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