The Center for Advanced Technology has been a popular hub of activity this school year for students from Mohonasen as well as other school districts around the region. After its opening in September, students from Mohonasen and other districts from the Capital Region have made CAT into a home of their own – and district officials look forward to welcoming even more students to the new facility in the months ahead.
CAT has recently played host to a number of students and administrators from neighboring schools to allow prospective students to tour the building, learn about programs available to them, hear directly from current students, watch the CAT classroom experience in action and better understand what attending a program at CAT could mean for their futures.
Thus far, students, teachers, and administrators from ten school districts around the area – from as near as Niskayuna and Guilderland to as far as Cobleskill-Richmondville and Middleburgh – have made the trip to the CAT campus behind Mohonasen High School to discover more about their options in career and technical education geared for the 21st century.
Current students readily shared their experiences with visitors, praising its “fun and friendly” environment and noting that attending classes at CAT helped them to gain skills and knowledge related to their program of choice while simultaneously improving their college readiness. One current student credited his experiences at CAT for helping him feel more confident with public speaking – sharing that before interacting with his new classmates in the game design and implementation program, he felt he would’ve been unable to address a crowd of visitors as he had that day.
Students and parents who are interested in learning more about CAT and visiting the facility are invited to attend CAT’s next open house event on Thursday, March 23 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Guidance counselors at districts around the region are welcome to contact staff at the Center for Advanced Technology to arrange tours and visits for prospective students, during which students can learn more about all of our available programs – or a specific program in which they have an identified interest.
The programs available at CAT for students outside of Mohonasen 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.
Additional information for students, parents and guidance counselors is available on the CAT website, and prospective students are invited to view a video to learn more about what it’s like to take classes at the Center for Advanced Technology.