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Opportunities abound for CTE students to gain college credit

Allie Galluzzi, a student from Iroquois High School, models an original fashion design by Carah Kozakowski, a student from Tonawanda High School, during the 2017 Erie 1 BOCES Fusion Fashion Show, put on by the Fashion Design and Merchandising program. Students in the program have the ability to earn college credit for their work.Nearly 100 opportunities exist for Erie 1 BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) students to receive college credit for classes they take in high school, saving them time and money.

These opportunities span all CTE programs and some give students a flavor of college-level courses. There are two classifications for credit-bearing classes: articulation agreements and dual enrollment courses.

“We are always working to expand our college credit opportunities for our CTE students,” noted Jeanine Movalli, CTE senior supervisor. “You can earn three to upwards of nine credits for a program or class, depending on the college.”

While most of the partnering colleges are local, there are a number of out-of-state articulation agreements, too. CTE programs can have articulation agreements with several post-secondary institutions. For example, a student who maintains at least a B average in the Criminal Justice program can have one or more classes waived at Bryant & Stratton, Hilbert College, Erie Community College, Niagara County Community College, Medaille College,Niagara University or Canisius College.

The student must be accepted by the college and enrolled in the college program offering the credit.

Dual enrollment courses differ from articulation agreements in that a student takes an actual college course in high school.The CTE teachers who teach those courses function as adjunct professors and are approved by the participating college.

“It’s the same material a student would learn if they took the course in college,” Movalli said. “They are simply learning it in their CTE program.”

Movalli has initiated a new dual enrollment program for Welding with Niagara County Community College’s Business, Technology and the Arts department. The program spans both junior and senior years and puts a student on track to earning an associate degree in Welding Technology.

A student earns 13 credits in their junior year through five college courses: Electrical Arc Welding Process, Thermal Cutting, Welding Safety, Mig Welding Processes and Welding Matallurgy. Senior-year classes include Tig Welding Processes, Metal Fabrication and Welding Inspection & Quality Control in the fall and an Advanced Electric Arc Welding certification course and capstone project in the spring for another 17 credits, adding up to a cool 30 credits at NCCC when the student graduates high school. All courses take place at either the Kenton or Potter career & technical centers.

Dual enrollment courses do come with a tuition cost, but a student actually saves money in the long run; the course costs a third of what he or she would pay in college.

“That is something beneficial about not only the dual enrollment courses, but the articulation agreements, as well,” Movalli emphasized. “Earning college credit while in high school helps a student and their family reduce the cost of college tuition. These opportunities also give students a head start in college by helping them reduce their college course load by a class or two.”

Jayla Craig, a 2015 graduate of Cleveland Hill High School, pointed out earning college credit in high school helped her feel more confident going into her classes. Craig took advantage of the College Access Program (CAP), which is collaboratively offered by Buffalo State and Erie 1 BOCES, during her time in the Harkness Career & Technical Center’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program.

“I feel the six credits I earned for the fashion courses I took at Erie 1 BOCES helped set me apart from the rest,” she said. “It also helped strengthen my understanding for the more intensive topics I’ve learned, like draping and pattern making.”

Craig’s six credits were applied to introductory fashion courses that all incoming freshmen must take when entering the Fashion and Textile Technology program at Buffalo State. She is now aiming to participate in the Buffalo State and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Three-One program in which students graduate from Buffalo State with a bachelor’s degree and FIT with an associate degree in fashion.

Dual enrollment credit can be transferred to any school in the State University of New York system and even some local private schools.

Movalli urges students to check out the available opportunities to start earning college credit even before they apply to post- secondary school. A full list of college credit agreements can be found on the Erie 1 BOCES website.




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