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The Center for Advanced Technology is a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, located adjacent to Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam. The Center features laboratory spaces that simulate “real world” work environments, providing students from throughout the Capital Region the opportunity to practice and apply learning much as they would in college or a workplace.

At the Center, students learn by doing – and meet high school graduation requirements at the same time. Center classes feature interactive, inquiry-based learning rather than passive lectures. Through daily hands-on learning, students gain important technical skills and knowledge as they start down a path to industry certification or a college degree.

Programs offered at the Center were selected after researching the economic needs of the region and the growing “skills gap.” The skills gap is the mismatch between the needs of employers in fields of high demand and the actual skills possessed by the available workforce. Skills jobs typically require less than a four-year college degree. These jobs can be an entry point for additional training and income potential, and can be a step toward pursuing a higher education degree if desired while the employee is earning money versus incurring educational debt.

Center courses cover a variety of areas related to skills jobs, including: Electrical Technology, Multimedia and Web Design, Health Professions, Machining and Manufacturing, Materials Technology, Media Arts, Nanotechnology and Welding. Classes are designed to prepare students to graduate with skills and credentials that will allow them to compete for high demand jobs upon graduation or to continue their education in college.

Both CTE and Mohonasen maintain articulation agreements with a number of colleges and technical schools. Students who attend classes at the Center can earn postsecondary credit while still in high school, typically at a significantly reduced tuition rate. As a result, they’ll enter college with advanced standing, which means a head start on learning at a reduced price.

For more information on the Center, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions about the CAT page.