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Benefits of Career & Technical Education for Students

  • High school courses focused on real-world careers.
  • Exciting, hands-on learning experiences.
  • College credits.
  • Preparation for work or college.
  • Knowledge and skill development based on industry standards.
  • A Regents diploma with Career and Technical Education endorsement.

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Project Lead The Way

     Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a not-for-profit network of public schools, colleges and universities and private sector organizations, develops curriculum that teaches middle and high school students a wide range of science- and math-related engineering principles. The report noted that "students participating in PLTW courses are better prepared for college engineering courses."

     PLTW was first introduced at Elmira Free Academy and Southside in 2002. Broadway Middle School, Ernie Davis Middle School, EFA and Southside have since become PLTW-certified. More than 800 students participate in the program each year in the Elmira City School District.

     More information about PLTW is available at

     Copies of the National Academies report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, are available by calling (800) 624-6242 or on the Internet at

Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning provides students with the opportunity to apply what they are learning in school in a work setting. Opportunities include internships, job shadows and volunteer experiences within our local community.

Click here for a letter detailing Work-Based Learning.

For a work-based learning application:

Click here if  you are a Southside High School student.

Click here if you are an EFA student.


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