Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department

Business, Family and Consumer Science (FACS) and Technology

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department includes programs in technology, business education and family and consumer science (FACS).

At Shen, we offer CTE in grades 6-12 and our curriculum is based on the the New York State Standards for Career and Technical Education (CTE).

Business Education

High School Gr. 9-12

Shenendehowa offers a wide variety of business education courses to introduce and prepare students for jobs and/or college majors in that field. Students may select business courses each year as an elective or they can opt for the business pathway to an Advance Regents Diploma. The department also offers a number college-credit bearing courses. CEIP (Career Exploration Internship Program) is open to seniors to provide real life work experiences.

  • Students in grades 10 through 12 may choose from all Business courses.
  • College Accounting and Marketing may be taken for college credit.
  • CEIP (Career Exploration Internship Program) is open only to seniors. CEIP is offered as a semester course (.5 Unit)

More information on these courses and their requirements can be found in the High School Program of Studies.

Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Education

The mission of the Shenendehowa FACS Department is to prepare individuals to be competent, confident and caring in managing their personal, family and career lives Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Education empowers individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. Our unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships.

Middle School Gr. 6-8

Students take FACS classes in grades 6 and 7 preparing them to meet their present and future responsibilities as family members, consumers, home managers, and wage earners. More information on these courses can be found in the Middle School Program of Studies.

  • Family & Consumer Science 6 (FACS)  – 10 week daily program, students are prepared to meet their present and future responsibilities as family members, consumers, home managers, and wage earners.The topics for grade 6 include: caring for younger children because middle school students are often responsible for after-school self-care and/or care of younger siblings, and many begin to work as paid babysitters; introduction to nutrition and wellness because middle school students often prepare snacks for themselves and others; survival sewing because early adolescents are interested in their appearance and are capable of simple repair of their clothing; and community service because early adolescents need opportunities to realize they can make a difference in others’ lives. 
  • Family & Consumer Science 7 (FACS)  – 20 week daily program, students are prepared to meet their present and future responsibilities as family members, consumers, home managers, and wage earners. Topics include: characteristics of adolescents, understanding and managing emotions, conflict resolution, goal setting, time management, consumerism, nutrition and wellness, clothing management, and community service. 
High School Gr. 9-12
  • The Family and Consumer Sciences Department currently offers courses in Lifespan Studies (previously known as Human Development), Textiles and Design, and Housing an Environment. Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) courses at the high school can be taken as electives or as part of the Child Studies Career Sequence. This sequence of courses prepares students to continue their education in the early childhood and/or elementary education fields. Students completing all six FACS courses (5-units) earn a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. More information on the courses and their requirements can be found in the High School Program of Studies.

Technology Education

Shenendehowa’s Technology Department strives to expose students to the current technologies that are used in a variety of industries. We provide many opportunities for hands-on learning through interactive teaching methods, partnerships with businesses, and co-curricular programs.

Informational packet and on-line application for Accelerated Technology

Middle School Gr. 6-8

Students take technology classes each year in middle school. Through an engaging, hands-on approach, students develop knowledge and skills to solve complex technological problems. More information on these courses can be found in the Middle School Program of Studies.

  • Technology 7 – Meets on an A/B day rotation for 20 weeks, students construct projects, experiment and participate in research using materials, tools, machines, software and other technology often used in industry. Through projects and research students learn how technology is used to improve the well-being of humanity. 
  • Technology 8  – 20 week daily program , students design, build and ultimately test their projects. Through these experiences students are challenged to solve problems, work collaboratively in groups, communicate effectively, work safely and behave appropriately. Each project is focused on process skills as well as demonstrating specific math, science and technology concepts.
  • Gr. 8 Technology Accelerated  – 40 week daily program, students entering 8th grade may elect one of two HS technology education electives. To be considered students must fill out an application and submit it to their guidance counselor. Students are selected based on their essay, school attendance and interest. Accelerated Technology electives are offered before school during period zero. The courses are held either at the middle school or at High School West. 
High School Gr. 9-12

Students enrolled in the High School Careers and Technical Education Program may choose a 3 or 5 unit pathway. However students not wishing to pursue a CTE pathway may also take Technology Education courses as electives. sample photo

Students pursuing a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation may also elect to complete 5 units of Technology in place of the LOTE requirement.

There are two technology pathways to consider:
Engineering – Design – Architecture
Technology Career Access Program

More information on these courses and their requirements can be found in the High School Program of Studies.

CTE Graduation Requirements

For a Regents/Advanced Regents Diploma, students must have one credit of Art, Music, Technology or FACS.

To earn an Advanced Regents Diploma, students must complete 3 units of credit in LOTE (Language Other Than English) OR 5 units of credit in Art, Music or Career Technical Education (Business, FACS, Technology, Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School)