Frequently Asked Questions
Who attends programs at CTEC?
Career & Technical Education programs are generally open to students in grades 11 and 12. The New Visions Health Careers Exploration Program is an honors-level program for high school seniors only. Career Services Programs are open to students with special needs in grades 9-12.
When do classes meet?
All programs follow the Rockland BOCES school calendar. Classes meet five days a week; students choose to attend either morning (8:00am-10:30am) or afternoon (11:30am-2:15pm) sessions.
How do students get to CTEC?
Round-trip bus transportation to CTEC’s West Nyack campus is provided by students’ home schools, except for those enrolled in the New Visions Health Careers Exploration Program. Students can also drive their own cars with permission from a parent/guardian and home school guidance counselor and/or principal.
Are there any fees or expenses?
Tuition is paid by students’ home school districts. However, certain courses do require students to purchase individual equipment and proper work attire, such as uniforms and work boots.
Can students still participate in activities at their home high school?
Yes. Many students play sports on their home school teams and join clubs at CTEC.
Can students earn high school credits while taking a CTEC course?
Yes. Students can earn up to 4 credits per year.
Can a technical assessment be substituted for a Regents exam?
In some cases, yes. The Board of Regents passed new regulations that establish multiple pathways to graduation, including a “4+1” option that permits a student to take four Regents exams and a comparably rigorous Career and Technical Education assessment for the fifth exam required for graduation.
To be eligible, the student must successfully complete a NYSED-approved CTE program. The CTE assessment must also be approved by the Commissioner of Education.
Students should speak with their home school guidance counselors to see if they are eligible for this option.
Can students earn college credits while taking a CTEC course?
College articulation agreements are available in most programs. Students who have successfully completed eligible programs of study may be eligible to receive college credits.
How can I learn more?
Speak with your home school guidance counselor.