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LHS Graduates Receive CTE Endorsement on Diplomas

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -

Seventeen Liverpool High School students recently earned a New York State Career CTE sealand Technical Education (CTE) Endorsement on their 2016 high school diploma. Each LHS senior participated in one of the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES Career and Technical Education program offerings.

Earning a CTE Endorsement is considered a distinction of honor. Having achieved the designation demonstrates a student’s academic strength and signifies their readiness to enter the workforce or enroll in college.

Receiving this distinction from LHS were Robert Baker (construction technology), Antonio Castro (automotive technology), Nicholas Catalone (automotive technology), Angelo Coglitore (automotive technology), Rachel Cosentino (early childhood education), Vincent Gianni (culinary arts), Peter Gonzalez (automotive technology), Justin Harris (automotive technology), John Meagher (automotive technology), Tyler Murray (automotive technology), Tyler Peluso (automotive technology), Frank Puzzullo (automotive technology), Jarod Ryan (media marketing communications), Matthew Sargent (automotive technology), Devon Schupp (automotive collision technology), Eric Searle (construction technology), and Jeremy Wishoff (automotive technology).

“Earning a CTE endorsement is a complex process, requiring a student’s excellence in their field of study, as the tests are developed according to industry standards and the endorsement signifies that students have attained the necessary entry-level technical skills,” says OCM BOCES District Superintendent Jody Manning. “In New York State, students who wish to earn a CTE Endorsement must meet rigorous requirements, including passing nationally recognized tests in their field of study.”  

Students must take and pass both written and performance exams, which can be norm-based, requiring students to achieve higher scores than are typically accepted for passage. Performance exams are observed and scored by field experts not affiliated with the educational institution.   Students who pass the test demonstrate competence in their specific trade area and their readiness to meet the high standards of employment, or entrance into a secondary education program, in their field of study.

To achieve the endorsement, students must also meet a number of additional standards including: passing their CTE course, completing approved work-based learning experiences, passing national assessments, completing 22 graduation credits, achieving passing grades on five Regents exams (or approved alternatives) and meeting all high school graduation requirements.

In all, more than 300 students from the 23 component school districts of OCM BOCES have earned the distinction of receiving the CTE endorsement this year.    

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