Vo-tech? How about Mo-Tech?

In the career exploration internship program, students will learn about arrest procedures, including the use of warrants, accident investigation, use of radar, and traffic direction and control. Students will take field trips and will also have opportunities for job shadowing.

"Students involved in the program do internships partly on campus and partly off campus," said Collins. Internship opportunities include those with Rotterdam Square Mall security, and Ellis Hospital Security.

"We have an awful lot of need for security on our own campus, [too]," said Collins.

Students who participate in the Mo-Tech program will participate in all three classes.

"There are going to be things that students would miss if they weren't in all three classes. All three of them at different times will interrelate. If [a student] was only in one of the programs, they would miss out on others," said Chris Ruberti, academic administrator for counseling at the Mohonasen Central School District.

If the program goes well, officials hope to extend Mo-Tech to include other programs including business, preparation for civil service exams, nanotech and green energies, as well as cosmetology, culinary arts and landscaping.

If the criminal justice program becomes established, the district hopes to be able to offer it to students who are not enrolled in the Mo-Tech program in the future.

"There are a ton of possibilities, and this applies for all kids " this goes across the board. It's for anyone who's interested in starting to explore what's beyond high school when they're in 10th or 11th grade, and hopefully it will provide some exciting opportunities," said Ruberti.


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