torch.jpg (19100 bytes)

Welcome to the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES
Established July 29, 1948



The Career and Technical Education (CTE) program offers an array of specialized courses at two locations, the Adirondack Educational Center in Saranac Lake and the North Franklin Educational Center in Malone.  The current course offerings are:

21st Century Agricultural Science
Auto Technology
Building Trades

Culinary Arts/Commercial Foods
Early Childhood Education (NFEC only)
Electrical Trades (NFEC only)
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (NFEC only)
Heavy Equipment (NFEC only)
Health Occupations
Natural Resource Science (AEC only)

New Vision Health Care Exploration
New Vision Government and Law (NFEC only)
Welding (NFEC only)

Each course curriculum is updated continually in order to keep students in tune with the many changes in business and industry as well as meeting the New York State Standards in Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS).

Students from nine school districts are afforded the opportunity to participate in either one or two-year courses.  Most CTE students will complete a sequence in CTE, receive training for an entry level  position for future employment or satisfy introductory course requirements at the college level.   The Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES has articulation agreements allowing students to earn college credits for completing certain CTE courses.

Students spend approximately 2 hours in the CTE program each day.  They spend the remainder of the day at the home school enrolled in required academic courses.  Modules of instruction are offered in theory and hands-on performance.  Academic coursework is integrated in the CTE courses to grant students credit in meeting graduation requirements:  3rd  year of Math, 3rd year of Science and 4th year of English Language Arts.   Work experience in business and industry is also included in the course of study.

CTE programs provide secondary students of all ability levels with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, competencies and behaviors that lead toward success in their chosen careers and further training and education while working toward a New York State Technical Endorsement with their High School Diploma.


WELDING (2016-17 Malone and Salmon River Central)

This course will be designed to prepare students for entry level employment in the metal joining and fabrication industries.  Students will learn the latest techniques in precision metalwork, fabrication and repair.  Major projects will include all forms of fabrication, steel, stainless, aluminum and cast iron using all metal working applications: Oxy-fuel, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, and Plasma.  Certifications will include NCCER/American Welding Society Entry Level Welder and New York State Department of Transportation Structural Welder.  Employment opportunities include Pipe Welding, Structural Welding, Fabrication Welding, Sanitary Welding, and Maintenance.



New Vision is an innovative program primarily for highly motivated, academically successful high school seniors who are interested in any facet of a hospital setting, from the management of a facility to the operating room.  Students may receive English and Social Studies credit in addition to Career and Technical Education credit.  Students must show a strong degree of independence in directing their own educational environment.




Prevocational Alternative Student System is a program for at-risk students, primarily 14-16 years old, in grades nine and ten, who have a high potential for dropping out of school.  The program is offered at the Adirondack Educational Center in Saranac Lake, New York.  Students are identified by their home school district and are those who demonstrate poor attendance, lack of motivation, poor academic achievement and/or poor interpersonal skills.  Emphasis is on English and Social Studies academic requirements while exposing students to a Career and Technical Education through courses such as Career and Financial Management and Home Economics Cores.

Sophomores attend the morning session with Freshmen attending the afternoon session during the regular school year.  Students earn credits toward their high school diploma in Art, Health, Global Studies 1 and 2, English 9 and 10, Food & Nutrition, Human Development, and Introduction to Occupations.

The program objectives are to develop self-esteem, improve academic skills, develop a commitment to completing high school, and prepare for a smooth transfer into a Career & Technical Education program.  A counseling component provides, as needed, individual and weekly group sessions concentrating upon social, behavioral and prevocational skills.