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Thirteen LHS Seniors Earn NYS CTE Endorsements

Friday, June 16, 2017 -

Thirteen Liverpool High School seniors recently earned the distinction of receiving a New York State Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsement on their 2017 high school diploma.

Earning the endorsement from LHS, with their Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES program of study in parentheses, were Andrew Alpuerto (automotive technology), Dylan DeForest (welding technology), Ramal Kearse (automotive technology), Jesse Lashua (welding technology), Steven Ososkalo (construction technology), Ricky Oundo (laboratory technology), John Polakiewicz (automotive technology), Taylor Race (health occupations technology), Kierra Richardson (physical therapy professions), Hunter Smith (construction technology), Marissa Tyre (health occupations technology), Michael Valerino (computer technology) and Nubian Wade (cosmetology).

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

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 also must 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.

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