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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 NY has named the Pre-Engineering Academy in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District in Buffalo as a New York State Career and Technical Education Model Program. This recognition program honors high quality CTE programs at the middle and secondary levels. The characteristics that make this program a model will be shared with other schools and BOCES across the state.

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.

According to Charlie Crumb, CTE TAC Field Associate for Western NYS, “The Ken-Ton UFSD provides students with the supports, tools, and diverse opportunities needed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. 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.”

CTE Model Program Recognition is open to all NYS districts and BOCES. Programs 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 organizations 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.

The Pre-Engineering Academy is just one of four NYS-certified CTE programs offered at Kenmore East and Kenmore West. The other Career Academies are Information Technology, Virtual Enterprise and Finance, and Computer Networking and Technology.