• HARKNESS CAREER CENTER
     
    The Harkness Career Center offers many choices for quality career and technical education programs that meet business, industry, and NY State Learning standards.  Each program offers opportunities to earn from 2-14 college credits at completion.  Harkness graduates are significantly more prepared for technical fields because of their excellent internship opportunities that are built into each program and give exposure to real-world work environments.
     
    Many programs are two years in length.  Students may opt to begin the first year of a program as a senior, with the option to complete the second year after graduation (tuition may apply).  
     
    Any student planning to take the following courses is advised to make their CAP appointment early, as there is a limited number of spots for each course.  Registration for new and returning students must be complete by mid-March.   Good attendance at Harkness is critical to success.  Students can be removed from Harkness due to excessive absences.

     
  • CAREER EXPLORATION (grade 10)

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    9603                3.75 credits            
     
    Career Exploration gives students a chance to “test drive” the Career and Technical Education programs of their choosing. Students will experience a variety of course offerings with the purpose of helping them make decisions concerning their future educational program. Students follow a set of objectives and complete projects designed for them within the various career and technical education classrooms. Students may explore up to eight different occupational programs for five weeks each. At the end of each module, the teacher evaluates basic skills, career awareness, adherence to safety regulations, degree of interest and aptitude. Based on evaluations, home school counselors place students in appropriate career and technical education courses for their juniors and senior years.
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  • ANIMAL SCIENCE I & II

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    9384/9385   Grades 11& 12                   3.75 credits/yr.        
     
    The expanding pet industry offers a variety of career opportunities for animal loving students.  This science-based, two-year program teaches basic and advanced skills in areas such as nutrition, health and disease, animal handling and restraint, grooming, pet first aid, and medical terminology.  This program provides both classroom instruction and hands-on learning with labs and a clinic.  Upon completion of this program, students can go on to entry-level employment or pursue further education in the fields of veterinary science, biology, business management, pet grooming and much more.
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  • COLLISION REPAIR I & II

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    9265/9266                   Grades 11& 12                   3.75 credits/yr.              
     
    The first 10 weeks of this program will consist of a core introduction to the automotive industry.  Students will then specialize in Auto Collision Repair for the remainder of their two-year program.  This program will cover the total process of restoring auto bodies including: metal straightening, glass and panel replacement, fiberglass repair and all painting preparation and finishing techniques.  Students will also perform repairs on donated vehicles and participate in an internship at a local automotive collision repair facility.
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  • AUTO TECHNICIAN TRAINING I & II

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    9262/9264            Grades 11& 12                  3.75 credits/yr.                  
     
    Students in Auto Technician Training will develop skills in the function, diagnosis, maintenance and repair of all systems of the automobile.  They will use a variety of hand, power, and diagnostic tools and equipment.  The opportunity to perform actual repairs on vehicles is provided.  This program is certified through the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).  It provides an excellent foundation for students looking to enter an automotive college program or the entry-level workforce.  Students are trained on the latest technical equipment by instructors that are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified.  Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to sit for the ASE student certification in Auto Maintenance and Light Repair.
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  • AVIATION TECHNOLOGY I & II

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    9315/9325             Grade 11 & 12                3.75 credits                    
     
    Requirement: Must be 16 years old at the start of the school year and have earned 2 credits of Regents level math and 2 credits of science upon entering the program.
     
    This course will expose students to the world of aviation.  Students will develop the skills, attitude and flight background required by the aviation industry.  Federal aviation Administration regulations, pilot training, airport security, screening procedures and ground control will be covered in this exciting program.  Erie 1 BOCES has partnered with Prior Aviation to provide students with simulated flight training and up to eight hours of actual flight time.
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  • BAKING & PASTRY ARTS I & II

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    9317/9318      Grades 11 & 12                   3.75 credits/yr.        
     
    Baking and Pastry Arts offers students an opportunity to understand what goes into creating beautiful finished pastries, breads and cakes.  Students will not only produce these baked goods in both large and small quantities, but understand the science behind them. Baking students have an opportunity to create beautiful showpieces, plated desserts, chocolates and individual pastries.  Students will have a chance to gain on-the-job experience during their internship program.  Students in this program will gain the experience necessary to enter the baking and pastry industry at the entry level or get a jump start on their college career.
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  • BARBERING (1 year program)

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    9563                  Grade 11, 12                      3.75 credits

    Students will learn the art of barbering through experienced instructors who will share the latest industry trends. Students will gain the essentials of complete hair and skin services such as steam facials, facial massage, and foam shaves, as well as modern styling, hair cutting, coloring, and blow drying. Barbering is an art form that requires the skill and an understanding of the principles behind each cut.  Barbering students will practice their art in a live, barber shop setting with clients from the community. As many graduates go on to open their own barbershops, students will also learn about shop ownership and business management.  Erie 1 BOCES assists students in preparing for the practical exam in order to obtain a NYS Master Barbering License.

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  • BUILDING TRADES I & II

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    9354/9355                  Grades 11&12                    3.75 credits/yr.                  
     
    This program offers instruction in carpentry and associated trade areas.  The students will participate in construction modules of introduction to carpentry, foundation and floor framing, wall framing, ceiling and roof framing, interior/exterior finish, cabinet making and remodeling with an introduction to masonry, plumbing and electrical systems.  Exposure to basic theory, work skills, tools and equipment, materials and career opportunities in these various fields is provided.  Practical experience through a variety of in shop projects plus internships opportunities with regional contractors and businesses are provided to all students.
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  • COSMETOLOGY I & II

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    9360/9361   Grades 11&12                    3.75 credits/yr.                  
     
    This program begins to prepare students for subsequent employment in the salon industry.  Licensing is dependent on the completion of additional optional instruction. Instruction will include all the basic skills of beauty services and current trends in the profession. Local salon owners regularly visit classrooms to share the latest trends in cutting, coloiring and styling.   A clinic experience in which outside customers participate in the school beauty salon allows students to practice hairdressing and customer relations skills.  An internship will be required during the second year of the program.  Upon graduation, Erie I BOCES will assist students in completing the 1000 instructional hours required to obtain a cosmetology license in NYS.
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  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE I & II

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    9534/9536               Grades 11 &12                   3.75 credits/yr.            
     
    This exciting course teaches students about the various careers in the field of criminal justice. Students will explore the major areas of the system including law enforcement, courts, corrections, investigations/ forensics, homeland and private security. Practical skills training includes handcuffing, searching (persons & cars), auto stops, field sobriety tests, radio communications, crime scene investigations, fingerprinting, foot impressions, composite sketching, jail cell search, and so much more. This program is an excellent choice in preparation for military service, law enforcement and security, corrections or college. Local, state and federal agencies participate in this program as guest speakers, field trip hosts, and internship sponsors.
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  • CULINARY ARTS I & II

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    9451/9452            Grades 11&12                   3.75 credits/yr.                  
     
    The major emphasis in this program is on quality of preparation and presentation in both small and large quantity cooking. Both theory and hands-on experience are included in such areas as: menu planning, methods of cookery, table service, food control, sanitation, and food costing. Advanced instruction includes basic managerial and supervisory techniques. Frequent catering for school activities and internships provides on-the-job experience. Thus students develop the necessary preparation, service, managerial and human relations skills for the food service industry.
     
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  • CYBERSECURITY & NETWORKING I & II

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    9246/9346         Grades 11& 12                   3.75 credits/yr.                  
     
    Cybersecurity and Networking will examine cybercrime and consider its impact on law enforcement, national security, the corporate world and society.  Students will enter the world of designing, building and maintaining networks capable of supporting and protecting national and global organizations in every industry.  Students will gain skills needed to design and implement internet connectivity, Wide Area Networks (WANs) and Local Area Networks (LANs). The program is adapted to suit individual need and features hands-on, project-based training in high-demand job skills. 
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  • DENTAL LAB TECH I & II

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    9376/9377               Grades 11&12                   3.75 credits/yr.                  
     
    Dental Laboratory Technology is a complex combination of science, art, and skilled craftsmanship employed in the fabrication of dental restorations used to restore and replace natural dentition. Dental Lab Technicians are responsible for filling the dentists’ prescriptions in the same way a pharmacists fill prescriptions for doctors. During the two years of study, students will have a complete comprehension of basic techniques, materials, anatomy and terminology involved in the daily routine of the dental laboratory. Students are introduced to the techniques and materials used to fabricate dental appliances from the dentist’s specifications on the laboratory prescription. Students will study and create dental restorations and appliances from five specialties of dental laboratory: Complete Dentures, Partial Frameworks, Crown and Bridge, Ceramics, and Orthodontics.
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  • DIGITAL MEDIA I & II

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    9313/9316               Grades 11&12                     3.75 credits/yr.                  
     
    Digital Media is a two-year course designed to prepare students for entry into the professional world of media production for digital distribution. The main focus of this class is learning how to use software and hardware to create graphics, animation, audio and video, in the computer lab and studios. Throughout the course students will be able to publish their work on the Web and participate in large scale production projects that encompass the entire digital media needs of a company or client. Seniors will also participate in a three week internship in the digital media industry, gaining valuable experience while connecting with industry professionals. All students will leave the course with a personal portfolio Web site of work they have done throughout the two year course. Students will be able to publish their portfolio online for use in gaining employment or entry into a college program.
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  • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION I & II

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    9350/9351            Grades 11 &12                   3.75 credits/yr.          
     
    This program provides an in-depth study of Early Childhood Care & Education, (birth-9 years), including related managerial skills, curriculum writing, developmental theory and application.  Students will observe, participate in, and develop a variety of activities for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children. Competence in beginning for job skills will be stressed, and practiced in a variety of hands on situations both on and off site. Students will be ready to enter the job market as teacher aides or may apply for colleges. Students will create a professional portfolio, work in an on-site preschool and research a variety of early childhood topics.
     
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  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS I & II

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    9394/9395               Grades 11 &12                   3.75 credits/yr.                  
     
    This course deals with the application of electrical technologies in all phases of the Electrical Industry. It prepares students for the planning, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of wiring systems in residential and light industrial settings according to the standards of the National Electrical Code. Instruction in principles of electricity, reading of blueprints and wiring diagrams, and proper use of tools and equipment is provided. Basic principles of solid-state electronics are included to enable students to install, repair, and replace operational systems.
     
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  • ELECTRONICS & COMPUTER TECH I & II

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    9244/9344               Grades 11 & 12                  3.75 credits/yr.                  
     
    Students in the Electronics & Computer Technology program will develop the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in a wide range of fields including consumer (personal computers, video gaming, radio and television), mobile (car audio & video, navigation, security), medical (biomedical, clinical), Industrial (manufacturing) and telecommunications (cellular, telephony, data). Students are immersed in a comprehensive technical and hands-on training environment where they learn about electronics by constructing real-world projects including personal computers, amplifiers, speakers, digital clocks, computer networks and robots. They also learn to use multimeters, oscilloscopes, logic probes and other test equipment to troubleshoot and repair electronic devices. In addition to electronics and computer skills, other “in demand” skills including the development of a good work ethic, time management, punctuality, interpersonal and communication skills are stressed.
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  • ENGINEERING & ROBOTICS I & II

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    9940/9941               Grades 11 & 12                  3.75 credits/yr.                    
     
    Through hands on learning projects and skill based competitions, Engineering and Robotics students are prepared for industry careers or post-secondary education by utilizing state-of-the-art computers, software, modeling, prototyping and robotic building components,and robotic development systems. Students will explore many areas of robotic manufacturing and engineering design technologies in order to help them make sound, career oriented decisions. This program offers students insight into how things work and the opportunity to build real mechanisms and components formulated from their own ideas to fulfill a need or complete a concept. Our participation in First Robotics, a pumpkin throwing contest, VEX robotic competitions and other technical oriented endeavors bring together class work, your ideas, your concepts and visions to offer real world solutions to everyday problems.
     
     
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  • FASHION DESIGN & MERCHANDISING I & II

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    9565/9566            Grades 11&12                     3.75 credits/yr.        
     
    This two-year program focuses on the world of fashion!  Students will study the fashion industry, discovering the steps necessary for a design to turn into a garment for sale at a retail store.  Students will use state-of-the-art computer software, sewing machines and sergers to create their own designs.  The curriculum includes units of study in fabric, color, design, sewing, computer applications, and retail management.  Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator will be used to enhance fashion photos and create design drawings.  This program will provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to gain entry level employment or further their education in the design, manufacturing and merchandising of garments and accessories.
     
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  • HEALTH CAREERS I & II

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    9609/9611            Grades 11 & 12                  3.75 credits/yr.              
     
    This program is designed with a two-fold approach to aid students at the 11th grade level in deepening their awareness of health care careers.  The course begins by addressing personal, family, community, and environmental health.  Through this approach, the student can evidence the importance of health and wellness promotion as an integral element of any health related career.  Health Careers gives the student an opportunity to examine individual health lifestyle in order to aid in making an informed decision of career choice in health related services.  The program emerges from guiding students in making healthy life choices to introducing students to various health career choices.  This core curriculum provides basic skills, knowledge, and attitudes common to present and emerging health careers. 
     
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  • VIDEO PRODUCTION & RECORDING ARTS I & II

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    9311/9312               Grade 11 & 12                                          3.75 credits/yr.            
     
    The Television and Sound Production program is a two-year hands-on course. The program includes a student-run record label and video production house where students will acquire video and audio production skills while producing commercial music releases and videos for the community. Students will be able to combine artistic and/or musical talent with technical knowledge to produce original broadcast quality video and audio products. Through independent and group activities, students gradually build the skills necessary to work in a variety of communications-based industries and to pursue a post-secondary degree in video or audio production. Students enrolled in Television and Sound Production also have the opportunity to become certified in AVID Pro Tools Software as a User and Operator.
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  • NEW VISIONS: BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT & MARKETING

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    ####     Grade 12              4 credits

    In partnership with Delaware North Companies

     
    Each New Visions program runs daily for approximately 6 periods and students are responsible for their own transportation to the program sites.     Each program includes English IV and Social Studies 12 curriculum.   Participation in these programs is determined via an application and interview process.  Applications are due March 1 of the junior year.  See your counselor for a packet.
     
    The New Visions: Business program allows highly motivated, college-bound seniors the opportunity to explore many careers in the business industry.  Students will be fully immersed in work-based learning experiences with partners across WNY.  Studetns will gain a broad foundation of knowledge essential for a variety of positions in business and industry.
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  • NEW VISIONS CONNECTIONS: HEALTH CAREERS

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    9890         Grade 12              4 credits
     
    Each New Visions program runs daily for approximately 6 periods and students are responsible for their own transportation to the program sites.     Each program includes English IV and Social Studies 12 curriculum.   Participation in these programs is determined via an application and interview process.  Applications are due March 1 of the junior year.  See your counselor for a packet.
     
    The Connections: Health Related Careers Program gives honors-level high school seniors the opportunity to observe careers in many allied health areas through a mentor relationship with a practicing professional. This 4 credit program includes “Anatomy, Physiology and Disease”, “Health Core/Internship”, “English 12” and “Social Studies: Participation in Government & Economics”. Each of these 1 credit courses is integrated into the curriculum. Students spend approximately four hours each day at a designated hospital site taking course work and observing all aspects of health careers. Taught at the Buffalo General Medical Campus, Millard Fillmore Suburban & Veteran's Administration Hospitals.
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  • NEW VISIONS: LEGAL ACADEMY

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    9538                   Grade 12              4 credits
     
    Offered in conjunction with the University at Buffalo and Canisius College
     
    Each New Visions program runs daily for approximately 6 periods and students are responsible for their own transportation to the program sites.     Each program includes English IV and Social Studies 12 curriculum.   Participation in these programs is determined via an application and interview process.  Applications are due March 1 of the junior year.  See your counselor for a packet.
     
    The New Visions Legal Academy allows highly motivated, academically strong, college-bound seniors the opportunity to work on site with lawrelated professionals while earning 4 hours of high school credit in government, economics, criminal justice and internship field experience. For 20 out of 40 weeks, students work on-site with law-related career professionals from the courts, law enforcement and legal support services. While in class, students work independently and cooperatively on projects grounded in Common Core Learning Standards on topics ranging from community service to free enterprise. Additional projects include the development of a public policy action plan, career portfolio, and a written resume.
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  • NEW VISIONS: ZOO WILDLIFE & CONSERVATION CAREERS

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    9990        Grade 12               4 credits

    Each New Visions program runs daily for approximately 6 periods and students are responsible for their own transportation to the program sites.     Each program includes English IV and Social Studies 12 curriculum.   Participation in these programs is determined via an application and interview process.  Applications are due March 1 of the junior year.  See your counselor for a packet.
     
    The Zoo Wildlife and Conservation Careers program allows highly motivated, college bound seniors the opportunity to explore a career in the many areas related to wildlife conservation and zoo management. Students will have the unique opportunity to study and shadow at the 23 Acre Buffalo Zoo. This exciting program includes study in Conservation, Wildlife Research, Animal Care, Veterinary Care and Exhibit Design. Students will also gain experience in Conservation Education and Zoo Marketing and Development as well as Horticulture and Grounds and Life Systems Maintenance. Each semester will culminate with a project in which the students research and design their own animal exhibit with input from the Buffalo Zoo’s animal experts.
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