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    • Our Academy Programs show your child a direct connection between doing well in high school and being able to transition smoothly to postsecondary opportunities or getting a good job after graduation.
    • Our Academy Programs equip students with the technical skills and academic knowledge needed to prepare for future employment and/or successful transition to post-secondary education.
    • Students enrolled in Academy programs acquire the skills necessary for entry into a career with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction.
    • Each Academy Program features career exploration and Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities connected to your career interest area.
    • All of our Academy programs offer articulation agreements with local colleges. This gives your child the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, saving time and money, putting your child on the fast-track to earning an industry license or associate degree.
  • Eight Facts Every Parent Should Know about The Academy 
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    Career and Technical Education Programs
     

    1. ACADEMY PROGRAMS EXPANDS YOUR TEEN’S OPTIONS

    Our Programs provide a structured training program that includes:

    • Career exploration and planning.
    • Direct preparation for employment.
    • Preparation for a post-secondary education.

    Academy courses and programs introduce students to career options and assist them in the development of career choices.

     
    2. ACADEMY PROGRAMS OFFER A PATH TO SUCCESS

    The Academy prepares teens for more than a good paying job. It’s the beginning of a career path. Most new jobs require specific post-secondary advanced technical training. Our programs meet that need by providing career exploration, career paths, and links to post-secondary programs. The Academy takes students into the real world, and training approximates real work situations.

     

    3. ACADEMY PROGRAMS CHALLENGE YOUR TEEN TO THINK

    Every Academy program, project activity, and organization that is in the business of preparing students for successful careers. Academy students are challenged to apply theoretical knowledge—learned in academic and tech classrooms—to practical problems in laboratories or at work sites.

    4. ACADEMY OFFERS TOOLS FOR DEVELOPING A MEANINGFUL PLAN

    Talk to a school counselor about the career assessments and other tools that are available to your teen. Defining career interests and other characteristics will lead students to the education and career opportunities that promise to meet their needs.

    5. ACADEMY PROGRAMS PROVIDES COLLEGE ARTICULATION CREDIT
     
    Every Academy program has one or more articulation agreements with higher education institutions. Students can meet preliminary requirements for post-secondary degrees while still in high school. These programs increase the number of students going to college and improve their likelihood of success.
    • Your teen will reduce the time and tuition needed to earn a post-secondary degree through technical school or two- or four-year college.
    • Academy programs help your teen develop essential study habits and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in college.

    6. ACADEMY PROGRAMS HELP PAY FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

    • By taking an Academy Program, your teen can earn college credit without having to pay full tuition, as long as he or she is attending high school.
    • Academy Programs enable students to acquire the skills necessary for entry into good paying careers with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction.
    • Academy Programs are a proven means of maximizing income and employment potential.

    7. ACADEMY PROGRAMS  BROADENS LIFELONG CAREER AND EDUCATION OPTIONS

    • Nine out of ten employers have difficulty finding qualified people to fill job openings. The Academy provides long-term job education and skills training, enabling teens to reach their full potential.
    • Studies reveal a strong correlation between education/ technical skills levels and continued employment/lifelong earnings.

    8. ACADEMY STUDENTS ACQUIRE LIFE SKILLS THAT APPLY TO ANY CAREER

    More than half of employers report that applicants lack basic skills. These basic “employability” skills are taught in our Academy's programs and include:

    • Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Leadership
    • Goal setting
    • Resource management
    • Using technology
    • Personal responsibility
    • Higher-order thinking
     
    Download a CTE Today Fact Sheet for additional interesting facts- CTE Today- ACTE or What Is CTE? Fact Sheet.
     
    To arrange a tour of one of our facilities, feel free to speak to one of our counselors at the locations below:
     
     

    Gary D. Bixhorn Technical Center
    Bellport, NY
    (Formally Brookhaven Technical Center)

     (631) 286 - 6516

     

    Edward J. Milliken Technical Center

    Oakdale, NY

    (631) 244 - 5815

     

    Harry B. Ward Technical Center

    Riverhead, NY

    (631) 208 - 2038

     

    * Material above adapted from www.ctepmarketingtoolkit.org