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Pre-Engineering Program Earns NYS 'Model Program' Status

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The Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center (CTE TAC) of New York State has recognized the exceptional quality of the Ken-Ton School District Pre-Engineering Academy by designating it a New York State Career and Technical Education Model Program. This program is offered at both Kenmore East High School and Kenmore West High School.

This recognition honors high-quality CTE programs at the middle and high school levels. The characteristics that make this program a model will be shared by the CTE TAC with other schools and BOCES across the state.

The Pre-Engineering Academy is just one of four New York State-certified CTE programs offered by the Ken-Ton School District. The Pre-Engineering Academy offers students a contemporary STEM experience, where they gain exposure to engineering design, robotics, prototype development, automation, electronics, and computer science. The required Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses and the electives offer a mix of learning opportunities including prototyping using modern equipment and traditional hands-on fabricating. The program has an enrollment of 250 students.

"The Ken-Ton UFSD provides students with the supports, tools, and diverse opportunities needed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world," said Charlie Crumb, CTE TAC Field Associate for Western New York. "The Pre-Engineering Academy is a hands-on and project-based sequence of study that engages students in a real-world learning environment. Students explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a manner that allows them not only to see concepts on paper, but also to learn through experience and experimentation. It is an honor to recognize the Ken-Ton Pre-Engineering Academy as a New York State CTE Model Program."

In order to earn CTE Model Program Recognition, programs across New York State are evaluated in eight areas: curriculum, instruction, student assessment, business and community partnerships, post-secondary articulation agreements, work-based learning, facilities and equipment, and career and technical student organization.

These components are consistent with criteria used by the national Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE. Programs receiving this recognition will have the opportunity to showcase their success stories at local and state conferences and via webinars aired across New York State.

In addition to the Pre-Engineering Academy, the Ken-Ton School District is proud to offer three other Career Academies which are all New York State-certified CTE programs: Information Technology, Virtual Enterprise and Finance, and Computer Networking and Technology. Click here to learn more about the Career Academies.