BOCES Career & Technical Education Programs

The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (B.O.C.E.S.) has a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program at Thompson  Road. Most students who take CTE programs will attend F-M for half the school day and the career and technical program  for the other half. First year (Level I) courses are taught in the afternoon and second year (Level II) courses in the morning. School bus  transportation is provided. Many students continue their education in two- and four-year colleges after completing these programs.

In career and technical education, students: 1) learn on state-of-the-art equipment in a simulated work environment; 2) may receive up to four credits per year if they complete a regular program and an additional  course in math or science; 3) may earn their required health credit; and 4) may receive remedial support, if needed.

Classes take place at  the Thompson Road Campus, 6820 Thompson Rd., Syracuse, NY 13221. Phone: 315-433-2635.


Career and Technical Programs

  • Auto Collision Technology I & II
  • Auto Technology I & II
  • Computer Technology I & II
  • Construction Technology I & II
  • Cosmetology I & II
  • Culinary & Pastry Arts I & II
  • Health Occupations I & II
  • Laboratory Technology I & II
  • Welding Technology I & II


These are two-year programs for highly motivated junior and senior students. Students need to fill out an application and be accepted based on attendance and academics.

  • Automotive Technology: Located off-site at Driver’s Village. (Earn math and science credits.)
  • Heavy Equipment Operation & Repair/Diesel Technology: Located off-site at Tracey Road Equipment. (Earn math and science credits.)
  • NEW: Early Childhood: Located off-site at Bridgeport elementary in the Chittenango School District. Students receive experience in UPK classrooms.
  • Media Marketing Communications: Located off-site at WCNY. Students can receive 21 Onondaga Community College credits. (Earn English 12 and science credits.)
  • Physical Therapy: Students go on clinical rotations at off-site locations, such as SUNY Upstate Cancer Center, Loretto, Fahey Rehab, and ProActive PT. Students can receive 13 Onondaga Community College credits. (Earn English 12 and science credits.)
  • Firefighting and Emergency Medical Technician: Located off-site at Madison County Emergency Management Training Center. (Earn math and science credits)


New Visions programs are interdisciplinary and are oriented toward highly motivated seniors. Each program has a distinct outline which includes immersion experiences in the specific field, is one-year in length and is structured in a college preparatory model. Students who successfully complete a program typically go on to pursue two-year or four-year degrees.

*Credits include English 12; PIG/Economics; and 3 CTE credits.

Currently the following programs are offered:

  • Criminal Justice at the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office
  • Engineering Professions at Lockheed Martin
  • Medical Professions with rotations at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Crouse Hospital and the Syracuse VA Medical Center