Career Technical Education (also known as "CTE" or "Vocational") programs allow incoming 11th-grade students to participate in specialized work-force preparation and skill programs that are NOT offered here at Eden Jr. Sr, High School ( although we encourage ALL Eden students to take advantage of our strong skills classes offered at the Sr. High, including those offered by our Tech Department, the Family & Consumer Sciences Department, the Business Department, the Music Department and Art Department).

    The Career Technical Education presentation was held in the Eden HS cafeteria in November, 2021. Interested Sophomores participated in a field trip to see programs in December, 2021. If you are a parent / guardian of a student who plans to participate in a CTE program next year, please click on the link to see all of the programs that are available at the Carrier (Lake Shore) and Ormsby (East Aurora) vocational centers:


    After checking out the available programs, review the following Frequently Asked Questions and discuss with your son / daughter. CTE programs are designed for students who have very specific ideas about their goals and careers beyond High School.

    CTE program Frequently Asked Questions:

    Where are the programs offered? Depending on the program, students attend either the Carrier Center at Lake Shore High School or the Ormsby Center in East Aurora. The majority of Vocational programs take place at the Ormsby Center in East Aurora (a list of programs and their locations is included below).

    What times do the programs run? Juniors take their required + elective classes in the morning before departing for afternoon Vocational programs, leaving Eden at 11:25 am and returning at 2:45 pm…please note that Junior Vocational students are transported home on Elementary buses.  Seniors attend morning programs, leaving Eden at 7:35 am and returning to the High School at 11:00 am to take their required and elective classes.

    How does participating in a vocational program affect my child’s schedule? Students will receive 4 credits each year for a Vocational program, resulting in 8 credits earned over the last 2 years of High School. This total includes 1 math credit and 1 science credit awarded by the end of Senior year. Please note: the math and science credits included in the Vocational programs are based on the technical skills required for each program and, unlike Algebra II or Physics, are NOT considered college prep math and science courses. In their Senior year, a full credit of English 12 is included in the Vocational program. Obviously, devoting half of a school day to a Vocational program affects the number of academic courses that students can take at Eden Sr. High School. 

    Typically, students who attend a Vocational program enroll in 2-year colleges or work-force apprenticeship programs after graduating from High School. In most cases, there is not enough room in a student’s schedule to fit all the upper-level math and science courses (Algebra 2 / Trig, Physics, Chemistry, etc.) that many 4-year colleges recommend for admission and scholarship determinations. However, there are exceptions to this: Counselors can help students and parents decide if it is possible to take a Vocational program and still be eligible to apply to a 4-year college.

    Is parent permission required to attend a Vocational Program? Yes.

    Is my child eligible to play NCAA sports in college if he/she attends a Vocational program? Usually, there is NOT enough room in a student’s schedule to fit all of the courses that are required to be eligible for NCAA Division I and Division II athletic programs.  Vocational programs are currently NOT approved as NCAA Division 1 or 2 eligible courses and as a result Vocational programs are NOT recommended for students who aspire to participate in college-level athletics. Counselors can help decide the best route for athletes interested in playing college-level sports. 

    What if my child decides not to continue in a Vocational program after Junior year? They would not be eligible for the technical certification in that program that is awarded at the end of Senior year (which employers use in hiring decisions and technical colleges use for admissions and financial aid decisions). A student would then take the traditional Senior required courses at Eden Sr. High School (but would still receive 4 credits for attending as a Junior.) It is extremely rare that a student drops out of a program after Junior year.

    My child wants to take college prep courses in 11th grade and a Vocational program during Senior year. Is this possible? Yes, there are a small number of Vocational programs available to take as an elective class only during Senior year. A student will not receive a certificate at the end of the program but would receive 4 credits as a Senior. The list of these one-year programs is limited and changes each year. Contact your counselor for more information.

    When do parents and students need to make a decision about participating in a Vocational program? As soon as possible. Scheduling meetings with the counselors don’t take place until the Spring but some vocational programs begin taking student registrations in December. Some of the popular programs will close out before the end of January.

    We encourage any student who has a strong interest in a Vocational program to register as soon as possible. Registration is initiated by sending an e-mail to your counselor requesting that you be signed up for a specific class.

    Where can I get more information about the Vocational Programs available? On the web, visit: http://www.e2ccb.org/programs.cfm?subpage=288128 and click on individual program headings to see which classes are offered at Carrier and which are offered at Ormsby (due to transportation limitations, Eden students are in most cases NOT eligible to attend programs offered at the Loguidice or Hewes Vocational Centers).

    If you have questions about information contained in this link, please call or e-mail Mrs. Dibble (A-K) or Mr. Hassett (L-Z) in the High School Guidance Office (992-3601).



    Career Technical Education Programs Available To Eden Students:

    Before enrolling in any Vocational program, please see Eden teachers to compare what Eden can offer to you with regard to the skill-based & hands-on courses that are taught in our district. Also, none of the vocational programs listed below have been approved by the NCAA as “college preparatory” courses. As such, any prospective college athlete is encouraged to take all High School classes at Eden. See your counselor for more details.

    The courses below are open to 11th and 12th graders and meet for the entire school year.  Students spend one-half the day at Eden High School taking academic subjects and the other half of the day at the career technical school.  School buses transport students to and from the career technical centers.  Depending on the program selected, Eden students attend either the Carrier (Lake Shore) or Ormsby (East Aurora) Center.

    First year students (Juniors) will attend their vocational program in the afternoons. Second year students (Seniors) attend their vocational program in the morning.

    Each course reflects (4) units of credit per year which includes .5 Math and .5 science credits.  Seniors also earn 1.0 credit in Senior English and must also take a required Vocational English course at Eden. Successful completion of a two-year vocational program counts as 8 total credits towards the 24 minimum that Eden requires for a High School diploma. They are distributed as follows: 1 math, 1 science, 1 English and 5 vocational credits. 

    At the conclusion of a two-year Vocational program, students may be expected to sit for NYS licensing exams in their chosen field. Some programs require uniforms and equipment that are the financial responsibility of the student.

    All courses are two-year programs unless otherwise noted.

    Automotive Body Repair – Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    Instruction is given in non-structural and structural repair, refinishing, estimating, and mechanical and electrical repair.  Students in this classroom acquire job related skills and techniques through the use of specialized tools and equipment in the auto collision repair field.

    Automotive Technology – Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    Instruction in this program is based on ASE (college level entry standards) guided diagnosis and repair curriculum.  Students receive hands-on experience on modern automobiles covering the most common high tech systems.  Students in this class have the opportunity to complete 4 of the 8 areas of ASE certification.

    Computer Assisted Design & Drafting (CADD) – Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    This program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in drafting, design, architecture, or mechanical engineering.  Students are introduced to both hand-drawn and computer graphics using industry standards.  Students explore graphic language utilized in architecture, mechanical engineering, art/design, and animation.  Industry standard equipment and software include AutoCAD and other related software.

    Conservation & Natural Resource Management - Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    This 2-year program introduces students to forestry, wildlife and watershed management, the principles of landscaping and design, tree and shrub identification, hydroponics as well as plant identification and propagation.  In addition, students will learn how to operate and maintain the heavy equipment, vehicles and power tools used in the field of conservation.

    Construction Technology - Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    Students receive an overview of the construction industry and learn the fundamentals of carpentry, wiring, plumbing, masonry, blueprint reading, interior/exterior finishing and estimating.  Students work in teams and also on their own individual projects.

    Cosmetology – Carrier Center (Lake Shore) 

    This program offers both theory and practical experience necessary to be employed as an entry-level cosmetologist.  Safety, professional image, decontamination, anatomy, haircutting, perms, chemical hair relaxing, hair coloring, braiding, nail and skin care, makeup, and salon management are topics covered in the curriculum.  Second year students participate in a clinic open to the public.  Students completing the two-year program are prepared for the New York State licensing exam that requires 1000 practicum hours.  Upon licensing, students are certified to work in the areas of hair care, nails, and aesthetics.

    Criminal Justice – Carrier Center (Lake Shore) 

    The morning session of this program is based on the study of our legal system and criminal investigation.  Guest lecturers and field trips give students a first-hand view of this field. The afternoon session is based on topics in the areas of security guards, loss prevention, community policing, plant protection, risk management and facility/plant security. Students learn to prepare reports, keep daily logs and compile information. This program may be taken as a one or two year program, but both sessions are required to receive a certificate of completion.

    Culinary Arts – Carrier Center (Lake Shore) 

    The essential components of the food service industry are presented.  These include:  menu planning, food preparation, cutting techniques, conversion of recipes, equipment identification, baking, cost analysis, ice carving, dining room service, as well as banquet and buffet skills.  Culinary principles with emphasis on soups, sauces, and stocks are thoroughly practiced.  Areas of study from the hospitality industry include:  hotel and food service purchasing, skills required for successful employment at inns, resorts, and on cruise ships. In addition, training in sanitation, hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) principles, and kitchen safety are offered. Students are prepared for future employment and/or enrollment at post-secondary schools specializing in the culinary industry.

    Diesel Repair is now called “Power Equipment Technology.” See description below - Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    Health Careers - Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    The curriculum covered in this course includes:  basic nursing procedures, CPR, nutrition and diet therapy, mother and child care, care of the elderly and handicapped.  Students apply what they learn through clinical experiences in hospitals, nursery schools and nursing homes.

    Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration – Carrier Center (Lake Shore)

    Instruction in the principles and fundamentals of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration is applied to fabrication, installation and troubleshooting situations for these various systems.  Students learn to work with electrical testing equipment, plastic, steel and copper pipe tubing, sheet metal, hand tools and specialized tools of the trade.

    Information Technology/Computer Systems – Carrier Center (Lake Shore)

    The first year will focus on instruction in computer hardware and operating systems.  Students will prepare to take the industry recognized COMPTIA A+ exams.  Students will receive training in computer science theory and introductory level computer networking.  The second year curriculum will focus upon preparing students for careers in the information technology industry.  Students will complete the Nortel Net Knowledge and/or Cisco Networking Academy training programs.  Instruction in computer networks and software applications will prepare students to take the industry-recognized exams.  Students desiring further certifications can take the Nortel Networks Certified Specialist or Expert Test and receive an industry-recognized certificate.  Students may receive instruction leading to the CISCO Certified Network Associate.

    Power Equipment Technology (formerly called Diesel Repair) - Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    Students learn to perform engine overhauls, tune-ups and diagnosis. Driveline repairs include clutch, transmissions and differentials.  Hydraulic and air brake system repairs are performed according to NYS Inspection procedures.  Gas, Arc, MIG and TIG welding are also taught in this program.  Understanding of basic concepts in math and science are important for success in this program.

    Sports Conditioning & Exercise Science - Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    This is a new class that will teach students the importance of dietary management, exercise science, health skills and exercise techniques.  Internships with professional sports teams and access to a state-of-the-art exercise facility in East Aurora is an integral part of this class.

    Small Animal Care – Carrier Center (Lake Shore)

    Students taking this slow-moving program to develop basic level employable skills in the following areas:  dog grooming assistant, kennel assistant, pet shop assistant and doggie day care.  Safety consciousness and patience with animals are required for student and animal safety in this classroom setting.  This basic Animal Care course is designed specifically for a student who desires to work immediately after High School and has chosen NOT to pursue 2-year college.

    Large AND Small Animal Science - Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    This is a technical, more advanced Animal Care course that will prepare students to pursue veterinary science technology classes at the 2-year college level.  Instruction is provided in basic, advanced and specialized skills in areas such as dog grooming, kennel and pet shop management, veterinary assistant and handling of small animals in the research laboratory. Students interested in working with large animals, such as horses, cows, and alpacas may choose to enroll in "Large & Small Animal Science," which operates at the Ormsby Center only.

    Welding / Metal Fabrication – Ormsby Center (East Aurora)

    This is a technical course that will prepare students to develop the specialized and sought-after skills in the welding and metal fabrication industry.

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