Students gain hands-on experience through CTE

ER students gain hands-on experience through CTE
Posted on 02/25/2021
Cadence in Cosmetology

According to the Association for Career and Technical Education, graduation rates jump from 80% to 93% for students concentrating in CTE programs! In East Rochester, students have the opportunity to explore their interests in the career and technical education programs at the Monroe One BOCES Eastern Monroe Career Center (EMCC). The Center offers 18 programs ranging from Auto Services to Childcare Professions to Cosmetology to Professional Health Careers. 


For ER senior Miles Sirois, there was no question over which program he was enrolling in; he has had his sights set on being an EMT ever since he worked as a lifeguard and the Emergency Services program was calling to him. He says his favorite part about CTE is having the opportunity to learn through hands-on lessons, such as search and rescue drills. Miles plans to work as a paramedic after graduation, with his sights set on becoming an RN or even a Nurse Practitioner. “Anything I can do to help people out,” says Miles. “It feels really good to help people out.” 


Senior James Wiater says the experience he’s gained through the Trade Electricity program at EMCC has been able to earn his Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour certification, a necessity for becoming an electrician. He says he wanted to take a technology-based class that would help him, outside of school and would prepare him for an electrical engineering program in college next year. 


For Junior Cadence Murray, Cosmetology has been her passion growing up with family involved in Cosmetology. “It’s my passion,” she says. “I loved being there. I loved helping them out with things, and when I learned that there was a Cosmetology program that I could take in high school I thought ‘why not do it now, instead of wait until college?’” Cadence says her favorite part of the program is barbering and she looks forward to joining a salon and, potentially, opening her own salon in the future.


Career and Technical Education Month, or CTE Month, takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. East Rochester is grateful to have a partnership with Monroe One BOCES to offer these hands-on, career-focused programs to our students.