February 10, 2017
In January, district officials and over 30 students from
Middleburgh Central Schools traveled to Rotterdam to discover
the Center for Advanced Technology – a new learning facility
developed through a unique partnership between the Mohonasen
Central School District and Capital Region BOCES.
The Center, which officially opened for classes in September
2016, sports college and workplace-inspired lab spaces and a
host of job-relevant equipment that serve to simulate “real
world” work environments for students. The facility is housed
behind Mohonasen High School but currently serves students from
around the Capital Region.
Visitors from MCS were able to tour the Center’s facilities,
hear from teachers, speak with students, sit in on classes of
their choice and learn more about the programs available to them
through Capital BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) that
allow students to take part in hands-on classes and career
exploration while simultaneously meeting graduation
Programs available to MCS students at the Center include:
advanced alternative energy, game design and implementation,
manufacturing and machining technology, sterile processing
technology, theatre and film production technology, and welding
and metal fabrication.
Emphasizing the Center’s focus on immersion and collaboration, a
student from Guilderland Central School District in the gaming
program at the Center addressed the MCS students last Tuesday,
Jan. 31. "I think it’s a fun and friendly environment that helps you
build your skills for college and for a job," he shared.
Another student in the gaming program shared with the MCS
visitors that he was able to improve his public speaking skills
– along with broadening his understanding in his program of
choice -- since he had begun taking classes at the Center. He
praised his peers and teachers for helping him
gain an advantage when it came to college and career readiness.
Current MCS senior Samantha Petrosino (pictured in class above) was recently featured for
her work in the welding program at the Center for Advanced
Technology. Read more about Samantha’s work on the
Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education site.
MCS students interested in taking courses at the Center for
Advanced Technology or simply learning more are encouraged to
speak with their guidance counselors for additional details. A
the student experience at the Center has also been provided
by the Mohonasen Central School District.