Career and Technical Education

96% of Erie 1 BOCES Career and Technical Education Students Graduate High School.

65% of Graduates move on to Colleges and Universities.

97% of Graduates go on to College, Employment, or the Military.

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From Cupcakes to Career Exploration
teacher helps students with cupcakeKenmore East Middle School and Erie 1 BOCES joined forces in an effort to spark student interest in technical careers. For one week, Erie 1 BOCES’ baking teacher and Kenmore East's consumer sciences teacher provided a cooperative lesson. At the close of the week, approximately 45 eighth-grade students traveled to Erie 1 BOCES professional kitchen at the Kenton Career & Technical Center for a delicious cupcake war.

The students were responsible for creating cupcakes of their team’s choosing. Each group was judged upon the presentation, taste, creativity and cleanliness of their station.  The winning team comprised of Nathan Dauer, Angel Black, Brian Connolly, Tony Genco, and Mike Giardina. Their team made a vanilla cupcake with peanut butter frosting, chocolate chips, and peanut butter cups.
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“Reinforcement of their measuring skills was huge,” said Kim Schildwaster, family and consumer sciences teacher from Kenmore East Middle School. “Through this lesson they were able to experience the joy of baking and gain a sense of accomplishment.”

Schildwaster also referenced the number of culinary-focused shows on television.

“Not only were they able to experience learning in a new setting, but they had the opportunity to try what they often see on TV,” she said.

Before the cupcake topping could begin, the freshly baked goods needed to cool. The BOCES team used the time to provide students with a tour of the career center. From animal science to sports science, automotive and everything in between – the youth chatted about what their futures may hold.  

“This is my second year coordinating a middle school module with Ken-Ton schools,” said Meghan Schaller, baking and pastry arts instructor for Erie 1 BOCES. “I enjoy it every year!”

As part of public education, BOCES offer a variety of career and technical programs during the normal school day to high school students. Erie 1 BOCES partners with Erie County school districts to offer unique learning opportunities in a cost effective manner. High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as culinary, welding or aviation technology should visit or speak with their high school counselor.

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