The Adult Education program at the Capital Region Career & Technical School is tailored to meet the occupational and educational needs of adults living in the Capital Region. While most programs are geared toward adults age 21 and older, such as our GED classes, others are open to younger adults, including a secondary school GED program for students age 18-21. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is another popular course offered for free to adult students.
Thousands of of adult students have advanced their professional and personal lives through our Health Careers Center.
Career-related courses for adult learner also include Welding, HVAC, MSSC Certified Production Technician, and Metal Fabrication & Machining. We also provide training for local employers and organizations and develop grant-funded courses.
Information about GED and ESOL can be found further down this page.
Adult Education at our Health Careers Center
Programs in the health-related professions are offered specifically for adult students at Career & Tech's Health Careers Center, which is located at Rosewood [Plaza] campus, across from our Albany campus at 501 New Karner Rd. Course offerings include Practical Nursing for Adult Students, Nurse Assistant for Adult Students, and exam prep classes.
The Capital Region Career & Technical School offers a separate
Practical Nursing program just for adult students. The program
encompasses 1,100 hours of classroom and clinical time, and students
are eligible to take the N.Y.S. Practical Nursing Examination upon
completion to become Licensed Practical
Nurses. All levels of patient care are covered in our program as
well as hands-on supervised clinical experiences at local health
care facilities. The Practical Nursing program also gives students a
solid foundation to pursue advanced college training.
For more information on the Adult PN program, visit the Practical Nursing page or contact: the Health Careers Center at (518) 862-4709 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Capital Region Career & Technical School offers a separate Nurse Assistant Program for Adult Students, with schedule and locations suited to their particular needs. The Nurse Assistant curriculum prepares students to test to become New York State Certified Nurse Assistants and be qualified to work in any nursing home in the state.
For more info on Adult PN, Adult NA & Health Careers for Adults contact:
Paula Negri, Health Careers & Services
Capital Region BOCES Health Careers Center
501 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 862-4709 Fax 456-4786
Career and Technical Education for adult students
To compete in today's highly technical world, more and more adults are going back to school. A technical education provides unlimited opportunities within the job market. Adults can enroll in any of the courses offered by the Career & Technical School or combine them with the GED program to learn a trade while getting a high school diploma.
From time to time, special grants enable the Adult Education program to offer courses such as the Schoharie Adult Nurse Assistant program, which was made possible in 2009-10 by grant funds from Appalachian Regional Commission. Building Bridges was another grant-funded program that taught adults construction-related skills, and other programs have taught forklift operation, and heating, ventilation air conditioning and refrigeration.
HVAC Certification Program for Adult Students
Career opportunities abound for certified HVAC technicians in our region and beyond. The Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School's HVAC Certification program provides adult students with the education, training and experience needed to earn valuable national certifications and prepare for rewarding positions and/or career advancement. Located at Career & Tech's Albany campus at 1015 Watervliet Shaker Rd. (Career Path) in Colonie, the HVAC Certification program offers adult students a convenient location and schedule suited to their needs. Read more
Responding to the need for an expertly trained technical workforce
in Tech Valley, the Capital Region BOCES Adult Education program is
launched 450-hour Welder Certification Program for Adult Students.
Students successfully completing the course will earn national
credentials including: American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE Level 1
Welder Certification, National Center for Construction Education and
Research (NCCER) Phase 1 Welder Endorsement, and federal
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour
Construction Safety Card.
Through technical shop coursework and classroom lessons in weld theory, students will learn GTAW orbital welding, shielded metal arc (stick) welding, gas metal arc (MIG) welding, gas tungsten arc welding (TIG), flux cored arc welding, pipe welding (stick and TIG), and oxy-fuel cutting and plasma cutting.
Programs for employers
The Capital Region BOCES Adult Education program can develop programs tailored to the needs of local employers and industries. For example, we have provided instruction in HVAC/R for employees of DeCrescente Distributing Co.; Welding and Computer Aided Manufacturing for engineers from Knolls Atomic Power Lab/Bechtel Corp.; Diesel Electrical Systems (Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Repair) for mechanics and mechanics helpers from CDTA; and facilities and equipment for Automotive instruction for Chrysler and Isuzu technicians. Adult Education has also taken GED classes on the road for local employers including the University at Albany and CSEA.
GED and ESOL
GED (General Educational Development*) diploma
General Educational Development (GED) classes provide assessment to
identify needs, self-paced learning, and individualized lessons
designed specifically for each student. To prepare for the GED exam,
adults study language arts (reading and writing), math, science, and
social studies. GED students must be 21 years or older.
A GED program is also offered through the Adult Education program
for secondary school students age 18-21. Classes are
*GED also has been referred to as General Education Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma. GED ® and the GED Testing Service ® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education ®
ESOL classes offer self-paced, individualized lessons to help students improve English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The classes are free to students age 21 year or older.
For information and to register for GED or ESOL classes, call (518) 862-4775.
GED, ESOL and home-study options
GRASP is a GED home study program for the more advanced student who cannot attend a traditional class. Individualized packets of instruction are delivered to the library nearest a student's home every two weeks, for him or her to pick up and complete. GRASP is a free program for students age 21 and older.
The ESOL Home Study Program provides an excellent opportunity for non-native English speakers to gain a better understanding of our language and culture. The program, which concentrates on reading comprehension and writing skills, is beneficial for students who have progressed beyond basic levels of ESOL. Individualized packets of instruction are delivered to the library nearest to a student's home every two weeks, for him or her to pick up and complete. The program is free for students age 21 and older.
For more info on Adult Ed contact:
Kim Brizzell, Adult Ed Principal
1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 862-4775 or (518) 862-4707 Fax 862-4798
Capital Region Career &
174 State Route 30A
Schoharie, NY 12157
(518) 295-3019 Fax (518) 295-3075