Cap Reg Career & Tech Education

Capital Region Career & Tech Programs

The following programs are offered to a limited number of juniors and seniors at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School (formerly Vo-Tec) in Colonie. They are part of the regular school program. Students typically spend half a day (AM or PM) at Career & Tech and the rest at BH-BL.
Detailed descriptions of these courses are available through your counselor. Students in many programs continue their studies in college, and some courses allow students to earn early college credit.

Criteria for Participation in BOCES CTE Programs

Interested students must:

  • Demonstrate strong daily attendance.
  • Complete required ninth and tenth grade academic courses.
  • Demonstrate appropriate conduct and behavior in school

The Tech Prep programs listed below are the result of partnerships with local colleges. Through hands-on training, Tech Prep students learn about the field from industry-trained instructors and earn college credits in the process. Upon completion of the one-year program, students are ready to go on to college with a strong academic foundation, advanced technical skills and a college transcript.

This one-year program teaches students how to replace auto body panels and glass and how to weld, straighten and repair panels and vehicle structures. In a state-of-the-art shop and classroom, they learn how to use Chief E-Z liner straightening equipment and Motor E-Frame electronic measurement data while working on late-model vehicles.

Students in this one-year program learn how to use the latest automotive paints, materials and refinishing equipment to paint complete vehicles and vehicle sections. They work on late-model cars in a state-of-the-art shop and classroom. Auto Body Refinishing is certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation/Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NATEF/ASE).

Students in this one-year program are concurrently enrolled in Career & Tech and Hudson Valley Community College. Internships at local car dealerships give students first-hand opportunities to put their skills to use. Students study automotive engines and fuel systems and receive college credit through HVCC while completing their high school requirements.

Students can learn the basics of auto technology in their junior and senior years while receiving paid and unpaid work experience at a local auto dealership. Students in this program are prepared for National Automotive Service Excellence certification. The program is NATEF/ ASE certified and supported by General Motors and Chrysler Corporation. Students can also earn college credit.

From computerized diagnostics to hands-on repair, students will learn to repair and maintain all types of cars and trucks. This two-year program takes them from engine theory and customer relations to the use of specialized tools and equipment. Many graduates go on to college or automotive training schools to qualify for more advanced jobs.

In this two-year course students will learn skills through standardized craft training programs developed by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). They will learn about green construction, insulation and energy conservation. On- and off-campus projects provide valuable, real-life experience. Students who pass written exams and performance tests gain a portable skill set and may earn HBI and NCCER certifications, which are recognized by contractors and employers nationwide.

COSMETOLOGY (2 years plus summer school)
This program offers theory and practical experience to assure that students receive a complete and balanced training in all phases of this most interesting and challenging occupation. The cosmetology classroom is fully equipped with facilities and equipment one would find in a modern beauty salon. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the New York State Licensing exam.

This two-year program focuses on civil and criminal law, emergency tactics, patrol functions, crime prevention and detention equipment, polygraph techniques, fingerprinting, investigation methods, client contact and business management.

This program provides students with foundations in quality food preparation from American to classical cuisine. Areas of emphasis include meats, poultry, seafood, appetizers, soups, sauces and beverages. The course can be taken for one or two years.

Students who want to cook at a higher degree will be interested in the Tech Prep Culinary Arts program. Students receive college credit and begin preparing for a college degree while they’re still in high school though an accelerated curriculum that features the full spectrum of culinary techniques. They’ll learn about restaurant management, international cuisines, health and nutrition. Internships at local businesses help bring classroom work to life.

Medium and heavy-duty trucks require educated and experienced technicians for their maintenance and repair. Students in this two-year program will work on late-model trucks and diesel engines. They’ll learn electrical and electronic theory, which they will apply to computerized control systems used on today’s trucks. They’ll also learn how to service and maintain steering, suspension, chassis and braking systems. Alternative fuels, such as biodiesel, and hybrid vehicle technology will also be studied. Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)-style testing during the program prepares students to pursue certification after graduation. Upon completion of the program, students may secure employment as entry-level technicians or advance their education and training. Medium/Heavy-Duty Truck Repair at Career & Tech is the only high school-level program in the state to earn certification by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation/Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NATEF/ASE).

In this two-year course students will be prepared for entry-level employment in all aspects of the electrical field. Major topics of study include use of tools, equipment and measuring instruments, basic electrical theory, residential installation, underwriter’s code, blueprint reading, electrical heating and lighting, basic electronics and appliance installation and repair.

In this two-year program students will learn about garment theory, textiles, fashion and apparel manufacturing, sales and promotion and college and career opportunities. First-year students will focus on merchandising; second-year students will learn about marketing and master National Retail Federation customer service standards. The course features specialized software, hands-on projects, lectures and guest speakers, videos, field trips, job shadowing and internships and community service. Through a year-long entrepreneurship project, students design a product, conduct market research and then produce and sell their creations. They create a professional portfolio to showcase their best work and earn college credits. After completing Global Fashion Studies, students may start their careers or advance their education at college.

This two-year program teaches the skills and technical knowledge required for entry-level employment in this challenging field. Units of instruction include heating, refrigeration, air-conditioning systems, heating pumps, reverse-cycle systems, heat loss and cooling load calculations, electrical circuit troubleshooting and repair and solar energy. Students participate in highly individualized lab projects.

Students interested in designing for the Web, creating smartphone apps or videos, or learning about the latest security software will love this program. This one-year course teaches Web technology for web designers, video creation, Internet security, servers, e-commerce and smartphone applications. Students will be prepared to take Adobe Certified Associate exams in Dreamweaver and Flash. Upon completion, students may continue their Career & Tech studies in Gaming, MultiMedia & Web Design or Computer & Network Technician/Information Technology.

This can be a one- or two-year program, and is a great starting place for students who want to work as supportive caregivers in a health-care setting or who want to pursue further education in nursing or other health-related careers. Students will learn total patient care in the classroom and through off-campus, supervised clinical experiences. They will prepare for the New York State Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) exam. Such certification qualifies CNAs to work in any nursing home in the state.

Welders and sheet metal fabricators are in high demand globally. The Welding & Sheet Metal Fabrication program teaches students the skills and techniques necessary for success in a field that values well-trained, experienced workers. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to enter the workforce or go for more advanced training at specialized technical schools or colleges.