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College Or Trade? Choose Both with CiTi

There comes a time where each high school student asks themselves, “College or trade?”

At the CiTi Career and Technical Education 10th grade orientation, students learned you may not have to choose.

Oswego County students observe a culinary demonstration during 10th grade Career and Technical Education orientation at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.
Oswego County students observe a culinary demonstration during 10th grade Career and Technical Education orientation at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.

In the past, the thought was that you either pursued a college education or a vocational trade. Today, the two could be one and the same.

Many of the programs CTE offers provide an opportunity to earn college credit, getting students to think about and explore career possibilities sooner. Programs in CTE include Culinary, Computer Systems and Networking, Early Childhood Education, Public Safety and Justice and so much more.

There are some skills, like math and English, that are transferable across all careers, and those courses are blended into the curriculum at CTE.

But every person pursues an individual vocation with a specific set of skills and talents necessary for success.

For Fulton student Jordan Swinson, the Digital Media program fits right into his career plan.

“I have all of these ideas in my head,” said the sophomore. “I just lack the skills and knowledge of the software to create them.”

Hannibal 10th grader practices dressing a patient at CiTi CTE orientation, exploring a potential career in nursing.
Hannibal 10th grader practices dressing a patient at CiTi CTE orientation, exploring a potential career in nursing.

Swinson intends on pursuing a college degree, and will receive college credit for Digital Media through CiTi should he enroll next fall.

“In Digital Media, the students learn skills like video production, animation and digital photography using the latest industry software applications like Adobe Creative Suite” said instructor Elizabeth Stephens. “The course prepares students for careers in the fields of graphic design, videography, public relations and so much more.”

With the competitive job market, perhaps a CiTi education could offer that real-life experience employers are looking for.

For more information on the programs offered by CiTi’s Career and Technical Education program, visit www.citiboces.org/cte