Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Albany High School offers 21st-century career and technical education (CTE) programming that ranges from students taking single classes in an area of interest to students completing a career pathway. Students enter “pathways” in skilled trades, applied sciences and technology that prepares students for an entry-level job, college or both.
CTE subject areas that students can take include automotive technology, business, construction technology, cosmetology, culinary arts, human services, health sciences and pre-engineering.
Several of our upper-level CTE courses have articulation agreements in place with colleges throughout the region and the state, which gives students the opportunity to earn credits or advanced standing should they choose to enroll.
Albany High students can complete one of 10 CTE pathways. Seven are endorsed by the New York State Education Department. Three are in the process of getting state endorsement, a professional “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval indicating that students who complete the program have mastered entry-level industry standards through hands-on class study, book learning and on-the-job training.
Students in CTE programs have the potential to earn a Technical Endorsement on their diploma, which demonstrates that they have developed technical skills and a high level of competency in that field. Students earn the endorsement by meeting the following requirements:
- Completing a three-year CTE program;
- Earning 22 New York State required credits;
- Passing five Regents exams; and
- Passing all categories of a technical assessment.
Albany High seniors also have the opportunity to take part in work-based learning through the Career Exploration Internship and the Career and Technical Education Cooperative Work Experience programs.
Both offer students an opportunity to be part of a work environment in a career of interest.