At the Center for Advanced Technology, you will learn by doing—and meet high school graduation requirements at the same time. Classes at the Center feature interactive, inquiry-based learning and prepare students to graduate with skills and credentials that will allow them to compete for high demand jobs upon graduation. You will be able to choose whether you want to enter the workforce immediately or to pursue college.
The programs offered at the Center were selected after researching the economic needs of our region and the growing middle skills gap: the mismatch between the needs of employers in fields of high demand and the actual skills possessed by the available workforce. The Center’s programs are crafted to meet the needs of the local workforce and help students gain important technical skills and knowledge as they head down a path to a college degree or industry certification.
Middle skills jobs typically require less than a four year college degree and can be an entry point for additional training and income potential. These jobs may also serve as a step toward pursuing a degree in higher education while you’re earning money, rather than incurring educational debt.
Courses at the Center are open to high school students from around the Capital Region. This includes Mohonasen students taking technology (electricity, machining/manufacturing, building technology, nanotechnology), media arts, some science and advanced medical studies elective courses. Additionally, students enrolled in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in building, welding, manufacturing, computer gaming, “clean and green” energy and sterile processing technology will attend classes at the Center.
Programs at the Center will help equip you for your future—no matter which path you choose. Depending on your field of study, you may have the option to work toward earning a professional certificate recognized by employers in your field. Some classes at the Center also offer college credit, and students who choose to pursue higher education may benefit from fewer course requirements and reduced attendance costs.
For additional information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Hear from students at Mohonasen and other participating districts around the region about what it’s like to take classes at the CAT: