Courses beyond the typical math, reading and science cores are being offered to Syracuse City School District students. The school has put together numerous career and technical education programs to give students unique opportunities and prepare them to enter the workforce.
From drone technology to cyber-security, the school district has 26 career programs with 1,700 students enrolled. Program director Robert Leslie said the success these specialized curriculums are bringing to the school district is no surprise.
“Kids are more engaged in career and technical education pathways because they want to be part of it.”
The school board works to create a variety of career driven courses for all students. In an effort to include all areas of interest and give students an edge, the board is currently building three new programs.
“The pre-apprenticeship program is designed to get students linked directly from high school to manufacturing into jobs,” said Leslie, “we are also looking at the future, we are going to have an indoor agricultural and we are also going to be introducing an H-V-H-C plumbing pipe fitting program.”
These new programs are scheduled to become available to students starting fall 2019.