Vocational Education Technology
HEWES Educational Center
2615 North Maple Street (Rt. 394)
Ashville, New York
(716) 763-1801 or (800) 526-3297
Automotive Body Repair In the Auto Body Repair Program, students develop skills in metal working,
MIG welding, bonding, filler selection and usage, panel repair and replacement, and refinishing. Frame straightening, damage estimation and custom paint spray painting are among the other skills learned in this program. This is a challenging and rewarding program for students who enjoy working with their hands. Students learn to operate the basic and specialized tools and equipment used in the varied Auto Body Repair facilities. Some of the employment opportunities that could result from this course include collision repair technician, spray painter, mechanical assembler, fine detailer, body mechanic, and refinishing technician. Educational opportunities include 2 and 4 year colleges, college credit available through articulation agreements with area colleges and internships.
Students are given the opportunity to work with power tools, electronic test equipment, computerized front-end machinery, and emission test equipment. They study topics such as vehicle electronics, ignition systems, trouble shooting and diagnostics, fuel injection systems, computer diagnostics and repairs, lighting systems, brakes and suspension, front alignment, and engine overhaul. They also work with tire servicing, lubrication, exhaust systems and air conditioning systems. This course teaches related career skills such as communication, customer relations, dependability, job opportunities, safety, and work ethics. Today, auto dealerships require auto technicians to be certified. This course is NATEF certified, and it follows the nationally recognized curriculum, which makes the graduates eligible to take the ASE tests. Students are provided with work experience in the school auto service and repair shops, and also have access to internship opportunities. Education opportunities include 2 year colleges, 4 year colleges, specialized technical schools, automobile manufacturer sponsored training programs, and an ASE Certification. Employment opportunities include auto dealerships, auto parts stores, civil service, auto repair shops, self-employment, and the military.
Conservation/Natural Resource Management
This program prepares students for careers that are engaged in developing and protecting our natural resources. Students learn in the classroom, the shop, and an outdoor lab that includes woodlots, a sugar bush, a vineyard, and a heavy equipment operating and practice area. In addition, students work on community projects such as installing dry hydrants for fire protection and improving local parks. Through these experiences, students learn to operate, repair, and maintain heavy equipment, vehicles, power tools, and machinery used in the conservation field. Graduates from this program may enter the work force directly or choose to continue their education at a 2 year or 4 year college. General areas of study also include wildlife studies, forestry, plant and soil sciences, and heavy machinery operations.
This program teaches the skills needed to build and maintain structures such as homes, schools, businesses, shopping malls and hospitals. Areas included in this program are the use and safety of hand tools, the use and safety of power tools, framing, roofing, stairs, siding, plumbing, residential wiring, masonry footers, concrete pads and foundations, concrete block, and blueprint reading. Students in this program will learn to lay out a construction site, read blueprints, pour footers, construct foundations and perform rough and finish carpentry, and the fundamentals of residential plumbing and electricity. Through successful completion of this course, students can earn college credits. In addition, technical writing, math and science integrated into the program to help students meet the requirements to receive a regents diploma. Educational opportunities are available to students who participate in this course including attending a 2 or 4 year college, earning college credits through articulation agreements with area colleges and internships.
This program offers the unique opportunity to develop and practice skills during regular weekly clinics where the public is invited to make appointments for beauty enhanced services. Up to eight Regents credits can be earned by students taking this 2-year program. The topics covered in this course include hair coloring, perming, cutting and styling, manicure, pedicure, artificial nail application, customer relations, business skills, and the New York State Licensing exam. Upon passing this exam, students may enter the work force as cosmetologists, hair stylists, nail technicians, receptionists, salon owners, color technicians, skin care specialists, cosmetic salesmen/women, beauty editors, make-up artists, fashion models, or barbers.
The Criminal Justice program is designed to provide a bridge for students who are planning on attending college and/or seeking employment in the area of criminal justice, law enforcement, or public/private security. Criminal Justice provides students with a foundation in theory and execution of the law, and all aspects of police work are explored. Areas of study include all phases of the profession including corrections and public and private security. Internships are an important component of Criminal Justice and we enjoy the support of various law enforcement and correction agencies. Possible employment opportunities include police/corrections officer, private security officer, legal secretary, alarm systems designer, and community policing. Students will receive information regarding introduction to the court system, patrol functions, investigative techniques, emergency response, insurance fraud, case law, introduction to corrections, first aid and CPR, public relations, safety of hazardous materials, introduction to law, security systems, fire protection, home and commercial alarms, role of security guards, and loss prevention.
In the Culinary Arts program, students will develop skills in the preparation and service of food, including short order specialty, and quantity. They learn to plan menus, prepare entrees and sauces, bake, prepare soups and salads, purchase in quantity, operate equipment, prepare banquets and buffets, and manage food service. These students also learn the skills of customer service, table setting, how to be a waiter or waitress, and menu design. The job titles in this program include: Chef, Manager, Pastry Chef, Cook, Prep Cook, Dishwasher, Caterer, and wait staff. Employers of Culinary Arts include, Schools, Hospitals, Restaurants, Hotels, Banquet Halls, Airlines, Cruise Ships, and Resorts. After graduating, students may continue their education earning a 2 year technical or associates degree in food preparation, hospitality, or management. They may also go on to a 4 year professional degree in hotel and restaurant management, institutional food management, dietetics, or nutrition.
Students in this program learn and practice diagnostic procedures, disassembly and assembly of engines, fuel systems, clutches, transmissions, drive lines, and all aspects of diesel engine operation. Precision measuring and specific use of tools are taught throughout the program. Brake and suspension systems are also incorporated into the program as well as electrical systems and component repair, and oxyacetylene and electric arc welding. Areas of this study include safety, computer applications, gas and diesel engine service and maintenance, welding, small engine service, heavy duty truck maintenance inspections, truck and tractor operation and maintenance, suspension and alignment, fuel systems including both diesel and non-diesel, power trains and braking systems, basic air conditioning service, NYS vehicle inspection license test prep, and electrical and electronics systems. Students who take this course will be eligible for careers such as customer service representative, NYS safety and vehicle inspector, and master mechanic. They may continue their education at any 2 and 4 year colleges. College credit is available through articulation agreements with area colleges and students may participate in internships.
The Graphic Technology program is designed for students who desire to enter careers in the fields of commercial art, computer graphics, photography, and electronic media. Graduates will be prepared for careers as advertising design artists, photographers, designers, illustrators, and desktop publishers. In this program, students receive instruction in commercial art, desktop publishing, ad design, sign/computer-aided sign making, and computer graphics. This course also prepares students for further education at a 2 year technical school for study in Commercial Art/Computer Graphics or a 4 year degree in Commercial Design. Areas of study include design-color theory, light and texture, corel draw, win PC sign (sign making) and Roland vinyl cutter, Adobe Photoshop, hardware use computers, hardware use cameras, and hardware use other equipment. Employment opportunities include graphic and printing equipment operators, graphic designers, desktop publishing specialists, and commercial photographers. Educational opportunities include 2 and 4 year colleges. College credit is available through articulation agreements with area colleges and internships.
The Health Careers program will enable the student to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a full range of career opportunities in the Healthcare industry. This course focuses on strong academic foundation, communication, employable skills, legal responsibilities, ethics, safety practices, health maintenance practices, and technical skills. Students will study basic anatomy and physiology, disease/disorders, medical terminology, medical ethics, nutrition, geriatric, child development, infection control, and pharmacology. Students learn to assist with routine patient care, perform basic nursing procedures, and function as part of a health care team. The Health Careers curriculum satisfies the high school Health Education requirement and students receive instruction that may lead to New York State Nurse Aide and CPR certifications. Internships at participating health care facilities and post-secondary institutions will expose students to a full range of opportunities in the health care industry. Students will start preparing for professional occupations such as a nurse, respiratory therapist, radiology tech, medical assistant, physician assistant, lab tech, occupational therapy assistant, and certified nurse assistant. Employment opportunities include hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices, clinics, home care, schools, daycare facilities, and industry. Educational opportunities include 2 and 4 year colleges, internships, and college credit is available through articulation agreements with area colleges.
Information Technology/Computer Systems
First year students in Information Technology/Computer Systems focus their time on instruction in computer hardware and operating systems. Students will receive training in computer science theory and introductory level computer networking. Second year curriculum focuses on preparing students for careers in the information technology industry. Upon completion of the two year program, students will prepare to take the industry recognized COMPTIA A+ and Net+ exams. Additionally, all students prepare for the four major Microsoft Office users Specialization (MOUS) competency tests in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Career opportunities include Sales Representatives, Help Desk Technician, Information Systems Operator, PC Support Specialist, Network Technician, Security/Systems Analyst, PC Systems Coordinator, and Information Systems Administrator. This program provides qualifications for 2 and 4 year colleges, internships and college credit is available through articulation agreements with area colleges. The major units of study include computer literacy, A+ Certification, keyboarding skills, telecommunication/connectivity, personal computers, software and database applications and Internet usage.
Small Animal Science
This technical course is used to teach specialized and advanced skills in areas of veterinary assistance, the care and handling of animals in a laboratory or veterinary setting, dog grooming, kennel or pet shop management. Students that want to learn about pre-veterinary medicine, veterinary sciences, animal nutrition, personal hygiene and first aid for animals should think about this 2 year program. Employment opportunities after this course include chances to become an assistant in a dog day care facility, kennel/pet shop, pet therapy office, grooming salon, or a veterinary clinic.
Career & Technical Education English Composition - 12 Grade English Credit
Career & Technical Math - 3rd Math Credit
Career & Technical Science - 3rd Science Credit
This curriculum is aligned to a nationally recognized assessment and has passed a rigorous review by
representatives of industry, the community and component schools.
Through the integration of academics in each of our approved CTE programs, students enrolled in the two-year Emergency Medical Services Program can earn CTE credit that will satisfy a core academic requirement in English language arts, math and science, leading to a Regents Diploma. Grades are reported to component districts quarterly along with a final course grade for credit distribution.