Program review concluded March 23
weeklong review of BOCES' Career & Technical Education (CTE)
division by a team from
the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools ended with praise for the division's
The visit by the team, whose members were educators with extensive background in career and technical education, was the culmination of a multi-year effort by BOCES' CTE division to pursue re-accreditation by Middle States. While the team told CTE staff they would be recommending such a reaccreditation, their findings and report must first be fully reviewed by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools.
The accreditation evaluation team concluded its stay on March 23 after reviewing all of CTE, including both campuses of the Career & Technical School, the Adult Health Careers Center at Rosewood Plaza and the off-campus New Visions programs.
Jane Pruitt, Middle States team chairperson, praised the CTE division's work with students, and said the school is "growing resilient people who are stronger in mind, body and soul than when they first came to you." She reported both students and their parents spoke highly of teachers and the school, which she said provides students with "equal treatment, fairness and respect for diversity."
Pruitt and the Middle States team also spoke of challenges the CTE division should consider in its daily operations and strategic plan for the future. A full report will be formally issued in the coming months.
CTE has been accredited since 2000, and if reaccreditation is granted, will remain so until 2019, when it will again be evaluated. The Middle States process is an ongoing, strategic planning effort, rather than a short-term preparation for an accreditation evaluation visit.