Are you an experienced, skilled tradesperson who would like to pass on your knowledge to others? Buffalo State College’s Career and Technical Education program can help you do just that. Our program prepares students to teach their skills in city high schools, area vocational schools, technical institutes, correctional facilities, and community colleges. As a career and technical education major, you will learn how to plan, instruct, and manage lessons in a wide variety of classroom settings.
Career and Technical Education students who complete our program are ultimately recommended for their initial certification in New York State. More than 83 career and technical subjects are available, and can be browsed on the New York State Education Department website. Some of the most popular options include, but are not limited to:
Technology education is an integral program of study within the New York State mathematics, science, and technology learning standards and is often found under the umbrella of CTE programs. Technology education students learn to use concepts of science and mathematics in a hands-on, systems-based approach to problem-solving. These concepts guide students in the understanding, design, and development of systems, devices, and products to serve human needs and wants. Our cutting-edge, rigorous program prepares students for a wide range of high-wage, high-demand careers. Students benefit from:
Our recent graduates have been hired by Erie I BOCES, Erie II BOCES, Buffalo Public Schools, Erie Community College, Niagara Community College, Orleans-Niagara BOCES, and more.
We are strongly committed to helping our students build their resumes, hone their skills, and make industry contacts through a variety of campus clubs, organizations, and opportunities. Here are just a few opportunities available to career and technical education students:
Career Fairs: At an average CTE Career Fair, 16 career clusters and more than 200 occupations will be represented by CTE students and field professionals who will present hands-on activities and information relating to the occupational outlook and salary range of each career area.
Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA): Buffalo State’s official Student Chapter of TEECA provides an opportunity for career and technical education students to socialize, network with one another, and compete in various technical and problem-solving competitions.
TEECA Eastern Regional Conference: Held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, this annual competition consists of competitive challenges across numerous categories between collegiate level technology education programs from across the eastern third of the United States. Every other year, the Buffalo State Team attends the Eastern Regional competition, which consists of competitive challenges across numerous categories between collegiate level technology education programs from across the eastern third of the United States. Students use their own resources to cover transportation, registration, and housing costs.
Internships provide real-world experience that make graduates highly sought-after professionals in their chosen fields. Typically, our CTE interns mentor adolescent or adult students and demonstrate their skills at local schools. Recent internship placements include:
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