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For additional information on the advantages of Career & Technical Education or the Center for Career Services, please contact us at (914) 761-3400.
To learn more about the programs we offer, please see the information below.
CTE: Making the Difference
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What is CTE?
Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation.
What is the Secondary Day CTE Program?
Students enrolled in a CTE program will spend a half-day in their local high schools and the other half at the Center for Career Services campus in Valhalla, right next to WCC.
Students learn in technology-supported classrooms and all instruction is facilitated by NYSED certified CTE teachers with extensive professional experience in their respective fields. All of our CTE programs are NYSED approved, and offer the successful student the opportunity to earn related integrated academic credit, college credit, and elective credit concurrently.
The CCS also provides comprehensive pupil support services for students who such as; guidance counseling, college & career planning, etc.
What is iCDOS?
The iCDOS program is a half-day general education career exploration and training program designed to meet the specific educational goals of students in need of a smaller learning environment. iCDOS programs offer practical, hands-on skill development in specific trade areas while students develop general career readiness skills such as the appropriate behavior, dress, language, time management and social skills required to secure and maintain employment.
The iCDOS program is intended to be a 2-3 year experience where students are given the opportunity to explore career and technical course offerings and then choose an area of specialization. The goal of the iCDOS program is to provide students with an authentic work-based learning experience that will build skills transferable into a future career.
The iCDOS program mirrors the Secondary Day program, provides students additional support as they learn, and aligns with the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) standards. Students enrolled in the program will be more closely supported as they work towards the achievement of a New York State CDOS Commencement Credential.
A student entering the iCDOS program must be at least 15 years old by September 1st, classified as a special education student, and have the goal of becoming competitively employed in the future.
Students enrolled in the iCDOS program will be assisted with the development of a student portfolio that includes:
- Resume & Cover Letter
- Employability Profile of CDOS Standards met
- CTE skill-specific Employability Profile
- Log of CTE training hours and Work-Based Learning experiences
- Vocational assessment report
- Samples of student work
What is TASC?
TASC (formerly GED) is a half-day program* that will give students an opportunity to strengthen core academic skills in a smaller instructional setting. The curricula are supported with workforce ready skills that will benefit students preparing to enter a future career or post-secondary education.
TASC is designed to provide academic instruction for students at substantial risk of not meeting the requirements of a traditional high school diploma. Instruction is provided in a supportive environment as students build skills to pass the NYS High School Equivalency exam. The TASC program includes a workforce component that supports student career exploration and readiness skills.
Referrals to the TASC program will go through an intake process that involves a review of student records, an assessment of academic reading and mathematics level, and a required in-take interview by a committee to determine the appropriateness of the placement and/or eligibility for the program.
Eligible students for the TASC program must have a limited number of high school credits, be between 16 and 19 years old, and have a minimum reading and math composite score of 8.0 G.E. as determined by a standardized test or Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) exam. Students below the 8.0 G.E. minimum may be considered for pre-TASC instruction based on district interest.
*Students enrolled in the TASC program are eligible to also enroll in a half-day CTE program (at an additional cost to the district) creating a full day option.