Career and Tech Programs educate students in a variety of technical areas, preparing them for entering the workforce with a marketable skill and for continuing on to higher education. Classes are conducted at the TST BOCES Career and Tech Center on Warren Road in Ithaca. These programs are taught for a minimum of 2 hours during the AM or PM session each day, and all courses provide an internship experience over the course of their completed curriculum. Bus transportation is provided daily to and from the Career and Tech Center. Students continue their major academic subjects in the remaining three or four periods at the home school district. Students receive 2 – 4 credits for each year of their Career and Tech Program.
All Career and Tech classes are currently New York State approved. To be approved, courses must meet rigorous guidelines related to assessment, an academically strong curriculum that is aligned with the New York State Learning Standards, and relevance to industry practices. All CTE courses meet the NYS graduation requirement to allow students to earn the CTE Pathway by attaining mandatory CDOS hours, and second year students are eligible to earn a Technical Endorsement upon completion of the two year curriculum. Most Career and Tech courses offer integrated math and science credit, and some classes offer Concurrent Enrollment college credit through Tompkins Cortland CC. All Career and Tech Programs have articulation agreements with colleges that have a related program.