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Virtual College Events for CTE Students

culinary arts student participating in virtual college tour With traditional, in-person college visits impossible due to the ongoing pandemic, Career & Technical Education (CTE) students have been participating in a variety of virtual college events this year.

With tours and presentations taking place over Zoom or Google Meet, close to 20 colleges have participated, allowing students to see the colleges and meet faculty. Events are scheduled to continue throughout the fall and have so far included institutions such as the Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville, Tompkins Cortland Community College and the Universal Technical Institute.

These opportunities have been organized by CTE School Counselor Nancy Fish. On Friday, November 13 Alfred State College hosted a joint presentation for CTE programs from TST BOCES and OCM BOCES. This event involved many CTE programs and featured breakout sessions with a variety of relevant college faculty. With the help of Kandi Geibel, the Director of Admissions, this event was the first time Alfred State College had arranged a combined virtual presentation that provided the opportunity for their faculty to meet directly with potential students.

Alfred State College and SUNY Cobleskill have also held “Instant Decision Days,” giving students the opportunity to meet directly with admissions counselors. College admissions counselors review student transcripts, ask students questions about their academic background and future goals. Most students are able to receive provisional acceptance to the college by the end of the virtual interview, and a few have been eligible to earn merit-based scholarships. The students who decided to participate in the Instant Decision Days are currently second year students in Heavy Equipment, Digital Media, Early Childhood, Animal Science, Auto Technology, and Computer Technology/Cybersecurity.

While the program has needed to adapt, CTE continues to find new ways provide students with the opportunities they need to further their educations and prepare for their careers.