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Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education programs through BOCES are intended to be an integral part of the course of studies taken at Clarence High School. The courses are supplemental to, and an extension of, home school educational programs. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired enable students to enter the job market with employable skills and/or go on to post-secondary education for career advancement. 

Students who participate in BOCES programs spend approximately half of their school day at the Harkness Center and half at Clarence. Transportation is provided and, in most cases, students are able to participate in after-school activities. Some programs are only offered at the Kenton and Potter Centers. Due to increased travel, the programs at those centers can take up more of a student's school day. More information on Erie 1 Boces can be found here.

 

Animal Science I & II

Students will be prepared for a wide range of careers related to animal care and veterinary science. Topics of study include: animal health and disease, nutrition, reproduction, parasitology, anatomy and physiology, and animal behavior. Students will perform clinical procedures that are commonly performed at veterinary clinics and learn the technical skills to operate and manage a veterinary practice. Animal care and grooming clinics are implemented to help students learn standard operating procedures by following written protocols, documentation, team work, problem solving, and verbal communication/instruction in a professional work environment.  
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject

3 units of credit per year

 Auto Collision Repair I & II

Students will train in collision repair, automotive detailing, painting and restoration work. Topics of study include: collision and auto body repair, auto refinishing, welding techniques, and replacement of parts and sections of panels. Students learn to use hand, power, and specialized auto body tools and equipment to repair dents and frame work on metal and plastic sections of automobiles. Students have the opportunity to create customized paint graphics, airbrushing, and restoration work on vehicles.    
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Auto Technician Training I & II

Students will train in collision repair, automotive detailing, painting and restoration work. Topics of study include: collision and auto body repair, auto refinishing, welding techniques, and replacement of parts and sections of panels. Students learn to use hand, power, and specialized auto body tools and equipment to repair dents and frame work on metal and plastic sections of automobiles. Students have the opportunity to create customized paint graphics, airbrushing, and restoration work on vehicles. 
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Aviation Technology I & II

Students will study and apply aerodynamic principles, aircraft control, and instrumentation both in the classroom and during flight opportunities. Topics of study include: flight principles, systems and performance, aerodynamics, weight and balance, navigation, weather reports and interpretation, aviation meteorology, and ground and space based navigation. Students will learn the aeromedical factors for pilots as well as ground operations, piloting skills, and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as aerospace engineering principles. 

Grades 11, 12
Full year subject/One year program

3 units of credit

Baking & Pastry Arts I & II

Students will learn the fundamentals of baking, measurement and mixture methods, and plating and finishing techniques to create beautiful, edible works of art. Topics of study include: holiday baking, cookies and pastries, cakes, icing, and decorating, quick breads and bistro-style cooking. Students will build a professional portfolio by learning sugar and confectionary techniques, working with a variety of doughs and ingredients, and creating candies and chocolates. Students will earn a ServSafe certification during the two-year program.  
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject

3 units of credit per year

Barbering I & II

Students will learn the technical and communication skills required to be successful in a professional shop environment. Topics of study include: implements, tools and equipment, anatomy and physiology, properties and disorders of the skin and scalp, and New York State Board procedures. Students will perform professional barbering techniques, such as mustache and beard design, a variety or shear and clipper cutting techniques, hair color and lightening, as well as the basics of business, effective client communication, shop management, and safe work practices. Students must accumulate 500 hours of instruction in order to be eligible for the NYS Certification exam.  
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject/One year program
3 units of credit

 Building Trades I & II

Students will learn the fundamental practical skills needed in the construction field, such as: proper use of hand and power tools, safety procedures, blueprint reading, and obtaining accurate measurements. Practical knowledge will be applied by working with drywall installation, rough and finish carpentry, framing, painting, roofing, floor installation, door and window installation, siding, restoration work, and more. 
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject

3 units of credit per year

Cosmetology I & II

Students will learn the communication and technical skills required to be successful in a professional salon work environment. Topics of study include: hair coloring, styling, conditioning and shaping, infection control and safety standards, esthetics, and nail care. Product knowledge, proper application and technical procedures are taught to enhance the personal care of hair, nails, and skin. Students develop and practice their skills during clinic events. Students must accumulate 1,000 hours of instruction in order to be eligible to take the NYS Certification exam. 
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Criminal Justice I & II

Students will learn criminal and civil law, vehicle and traffic law, arrest and court procedures, report writing and professional communication skills. Topics of study include: interviewing skills, self-defense, emergency response, security, fingerprinting, civil rights, courts and corrections, and forensics. Students will participate in community service projects, participate in guest speaker presentations, conduct physical conditioning exercises, learn patrolling skills, collect evidence and crime scene investigation tactics. 
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Culinary Arts I & II

Students will learn the fundamentals of safety and sanitation, equipment operation, and how to prepare short order and large quantity cooking meals in this exciting and fast-paced program. Topics of study include: baking breads and pastries, creating main entrees, side dishes, and soups, practicing professional skills through customer services, menu planning, and recipe conversions. Students will work effectively with their team members, learn restaurant management skills through catering services and food orders. 
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year


Cyber Security & Networking I & II

Students will use the latest software to analyze data traffic and troubleshoot PC hardware and operating systems. Topics of study include: digital forensics, computer data and hardware analysis for evidence collection and criminal prosecution, network traffic analysis, vulnerability and network activity identification, and research ethics and morals in relation to cyber-attacks and cyberterrorism. Students will configure hardware firewalls for added network security, setup secure wireless devices for homes and businesses, and us various programs to hide data within pictures, videos, and music files .
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year


Dental Laboratory Technology I & II

Students will combine the art and science of the fabrication of corrective devices and replacements for natural teeth. Topics of study include: dental and oral anatomy, dental terminology, laboratory safety and infection control, and tooth morphology. Students will create orthodontics and restorations, all phases of complete dentures, crown and bridge restorations, ceramic and orthodontic techniques, and digital design, scanning, and milling. Students with an interest in dentistry, dental hygiene, and orthodontics may be interested in this course.
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Digital Media I & II

Students will experience an overview of graphic design, video production, and animation. Topics of study include: graphic design, digital photography, digital video production, 2D and 3D animation techniques, and digital production practices. Both raster and vector-based design software will be utilized to provide creative, practical solutions to graphic design challenges. Students will create both complex animations and dynamic live events using a variety of tools software, and professional equipment.
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject/One year program

3 units of credit

Early Childhood Education I & II

Students will examine the physical, social/emotional, and intellectual development of children. Topics of study include: child development, child psychology, nutrition, social/emotional learning, special needs of children, and health and safety of children. Students will design and implement lesson plans, care for children in a preschool environment, enhance professional written and oral communication skills, and gain hands-on experience through internships at local preschools, childcare centers, and elementary schools.
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Electrical Systems I & II

Students will learn the theory and fundamentals of electrical systems and apply it to hands-on projects. Topics of study include: electrical safety, basics of hand and power tools, specialized tools and equipment, wiring methods, calculations and measuring, electrical circuits and troubleshooting methods, industrial motor controls, and residential and blue print reading. Students will explore renewable technologies and energy sources, control systems, and business and industry principles like financial literacy. Students will earn their OSHA 10 Safety Certification. 
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Electronics & Computer Technology I & II

Students will use soldering irons, hand tools, meters, and oscilloscopes to build computers, robots, amplifiers, wireless devices, and other high tech projects. Topics of study include: microcomputer systems, amplification, digital electronics, soldering, desoldering, and PCB repair. Students will understand semiconductor, DC, and AC electronics, analog/digital conversion, telephone and cellular communications, and radio communications.

Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Emergency Medical Services I & II

Students will explore the wide variety of career opportunities available in Emergency Services and practice hands-on emergency care skills like patient assessment, treatment, team communication, and patient transportation. Topics of study include: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, diseases and disorders, and basic medical abbreviations. Students will understand emergency medication and administration, primary and secondary assessment, weight conversions, concentration calculations, trauma intervention and special considerations, special patient populations, and EMS operations. Students will be able to earn certifications in a variety of state and national areas.

Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Engineering & Robotics I & II

Students will experience hands on learning projects and skill based competitions that will prepare them for their future by learning how to develop their ideas from concept to reality. Topics of study include: engineering essentials, introduction to engineering design, principles of engineering, computer integrated manufacturing, and engineering design and development.  
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Esports Management & Game Development I & II

Students will explore the growing world of Esports and learn the business components of this booming industry. Topics of study include: computer literacy, game industry fundamentals, narrative design, principles and elements of design, game audio components, broadcasting and streaming, logo and brand design, game theory and strategy, and marketing strategies.   
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject

3 units of credit

Exercise Science I & II

Students will explore the effects of exercise including cardio-conditioning, strength and flexibility training on human health, wellness and sports performance. Topics of study include: fitness safety, functional movement and screening, health fitness trends, human anatomy and physiology, nutrition and weight management, specialty program design, cardiovascular and resistance training program design, sport specific training, and the business of fitness. Students will design, implement, and update personal training programs based on client specific goals. Throughout the two years, students will investigate and focus on various career paths in the health industry.   
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject

3 units of credit

Fashion Design Technology I & II

Students will learn to dress, style, and create trends based on design elements and the fashion cycle. Topics of study include: basic sewing skills, fashion trend forecasting, fashion psychology, fiber, yarn, fabric, and garment production. Students will analyze fashion collections, study fashion history, explore fashion merchandising, marketing and advertising by creating a working business plan, and produce a professional fashion show.  
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Health Careers I & II

Students will learn the skills to be a supportive caregiver through clinical experiences in a variety of health care environments including long term care facilities and hospitals. Topics of study include: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, vital signs and conversions, professional communication, personal health and wellness, and physical, mental, emotional, and social developments. During clinical rotations, students perform personal care procedures, learn to take vital signs, and assist patients with mobility using crutches, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Plumbing & HVAC I & II

Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of residential and light commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installation, service, and repair. Topics of study include: potable water systems, forced air heating systems, steam and hydronic heating systems, drainage, waste and vents, and central air conditioning systems. Students will practice soldering, brazing, blue print interpretation and isometric drawing analysis. Students will earn trade related certifications like OSHA 10 and EPA 608.
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject

3 units of credit

Social Media Marketing

Students will learn the variety of social media platforms available to businesses, learn how to build a company’s brand, increase sales in e-commerce spaces, and drive website traffic. Students will explore ways to engage existing customers, reach new ones, and analyze analytics and demographic information that allow marketers to track the success of their efforts and identify more ways to engage.   
Grades 11 or 12
Full year subject - one year program

3 units of credit

Video Production & Recording Arts I & II 

Students will learn to create and produce their own original films and music with the guidance of industry professionals. Topics of study include: Video production basics, video language and project development, video program creation, microphone design and application, digital audio technology, digital audio workstation, the process and concept of sound mixing, digital console and DAW mixer technology and automation. 
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Web Technology & Game Programming I & II

Students will bring ideas to life by writing software, designing and coding games, and developing web pages and sites. Topics of study include: web design, web development applications, programming, game development applications, and databases.  
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year

Welding I & II

Students will learn to manipulate metal using a variety of welding techniques and the many different job skills that will set students up for lucrative careers in manufacturing, field work, or entrepreneurship. Topics of study include: welding safety, equipment and maintenance and care, metal working safety, oxy-fuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, plasma arc cutting, and light manufacturing. Students will practice these methods on a variety of materials and create unique designs by using the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Plasma Machine or by developing metal sculpture projects. 
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
3 units of credit per year
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New Visions Programs

Highly specialized, senior year programs that students must apply for and be accepted into.

Diesel Technology

Students will work on trucks and diesel engines and engage with professionals at the Conway Beam Truck Group site. Topics of study include: engine repair, lamps, accessories and wiring,welding, bearings and seals, engine removal, disassembly and installation, circuit fundamentals, wheel alignment, principles of hydraulics, and the parts and tools needed to build an engine.

Grades 12
Full year subject
4 units of credit per year
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Education Pathways Academy

Students will learn the roles and expectations of an educational professional in New York State, classroom management techniques, cooperative learning strategies, and literacy education. Topics of study include: education terminology and frameworks, technology, structure, mandates, and educational services.

Grades 12
Full year subject
4 units of credit per year

Health Careers

Students will learn anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pathophysiology and disease as if affects individual health, as well as observe normal anatomy and physiology and disease process and treatment through clinical observation. Health care internships will provide opportunity for students to observe diverse medical professionals while participating in a clinical setting and apply theory to what is observed in the internship facility.

Grades 12
Full year subject
4 units of credit per year
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Legal Academy

Students will learn the foundations of law and the legal system, develop a network of professional connections through field experiences, and complete internships in political offices, courts, law offices, and more. Topics of study include criminal, family, and consumer law, lawmaking, torts, policing, freedoms and individual rights, and contemporary issues in law.

Grades 12
Full year subject
4 units of credit per year
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Plant Science

Students will learn greenhouse management, plant and soil science, and landscape design. Topics of study include: the foundations of horticulture, plant cells and tissues, roots and soils, greenhouse management, watering and hydroponics, and native and invasive species. Students will engage in propagation techniques, integrated pest management (IPM), plant identification, and complete a variety of seasonal projects while on the grounds of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Grades 12
Full year subject
4 units of credit per year
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Zoo Wildlife & Conservation Careers

Students will learn about zoological care and animal sciences, experience the zoo's day-to-day operations, ways to incorporate and educate about conservation, and correlate concepts of ELA, government, and economics as they relate to animal and conservation topics.  Topics of study include conservation, animal husbandry, the evolution of zoos, animal ethics and welfare, basic animal behavior, veterinary care, exhibit design, horticulture, and zoo operations.

Grades 12
Full year subject
4 units of credit per year
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