Utica’s Proctor HS to Gain a Career and Technical Education Program in 2024
While Math, Science, History, among other regular classes are important to education, there are other classes that can help a student determine the path that they want to take in life. School officials proposed that the Career and Technical Education (CTE) be moved from Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES to Proctor to enable more students and community members to take advantage of the educational opportunities.
Thanks to the latest vote within the Utica City School District, that will soon become a reality for students at Proctor.
The vote passed by an estimated 3:1 margin, with 1092 voters unofficially passing the motion of starting the program at the school. The official ballot counting will take place Wednesday, December 8 during a meeting at 6:00pm this evening.
Utica CSD Superintendent Bruce Karam said creating this wing will increase completion rates for the high school on campus. The additional classes will be taught by Proctor teachers.
Karam said UCSD spends over 22 million dollars a year to provide BOCES programs off-campus at BOCES facilities. The addition of the CTE program will allow more students to stay on the Proctor campus, as the CTE program will not be purchased/operated through BOCES.
Some of the courses that students will be able to look forward to in the future include:
- Automotive Body Repair
- Automotive Technology
- Carpentry, Electrical
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Criminal Justice
- Culinary Arts
- Early Childhood Education
- Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
According to the U.S. Department of Education, eight years after their expected graduation date, students who focused on CTE courses while in high school had higher median annual earnings than students who did not focus on CTE.
The program is expected to be available for students starting in September of 2024.