Skip to main content
Career & Technical Education

icon of paperCourse Catalog


Icon of a video play buttonProgram Overview Video


Follow Us:       YouTube        podomatic

Featured Video

Picture perfect workplace exercise
Imagery is a standard communication tool, and today’s technology makes visual communication faster and easier than ever before. High school seniors studying Digital Media at Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center have dedicated two and a quarter hours each school day to hone their industry skills for a leg up in the workforce.
Recently, three students from the Digital Media program put their new skills into action to promote a neighboring class’ project. Steven Ball and Robert Lowry of Hamburg, as well as Madison Park of Tonawanda, photographed eight students participating in an upcoming fashion show. Under the supervision of their instructor, Jackie Albarella, the teens captured eight portraits by setting schedules, setting up lighting and staging each photo.
“This was an opportunity to see an entire project through from start to finish,” Albarella said. “After the images were captured, the students edited them using Adobe software.”
The Erie 1 BOCES’ communication office will release the portraits along with information about the fashion show to component high schools, local media outlets and event websites. The promotional information will be released prior to the fashion show, which is on March 15 at Buffalo State College.
“Workplace experience is an important aspect of our program,” Albarella continued. “All 30 seniors enrolled in my program will graduate with 30 hours of internship experience. We are very appreciative for the support of our business partners.”
The Digital Media program located at Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center is a 2-year program spanning a student’s junior and senior year. In the program, teens learn graphic design, digital video production, editing, still photography and animation. Students work with the industry standard Adobe Suite to develop skills in demand by today’s companies.
As part of public education, during the normal school day, Erie 1 BOCES offers more than 30 career and technical programs to high school students in Erie County. Students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as cybersecurity, aviation and digital media should visit or speak with their school counselor.

Photo Caption:
Hamburg senior Steven Ball, who is enrolled in BOCES’ Digital Media program, captured this photo of Jalen Reed of Williamsville. Steven’s photo will promote an upcoming fashion show featuring Jalen’s designs.

< Back  |  View All Articles