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2018-05-15 / Academics

CTEP Program at Delaware Academy A Partnership for the Students

By Rosie Cunningham


From left: Delaware Academy students Molly Sherman and Hunter Hitchcock, pose with Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy Jhone Ebert on Monday, along with Kayla Komosinski, Felicia Sillitti and Alyssa Mason. The students are a part of the CTEP Culinary/ Hospitality Program at DA. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter From left: Delaware Academy students Molly Sherman and Hunter Hitchcock, pose with Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy Jhone Ebert on Monday, along with Kayla Komosinski, Felicia Sillitti and Alyssa Mason. The students are a part of the CTEP Culinary/ Hospitality Program at DA. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - The ever-evolving College Technical Education Program (CTEP) at Delaware Academy (DA) is a collaboration with SUNY Delhi and is a partnership for the success of the students.

The school district offers in house programs which include automotive technology and culinary arts/hospitality and business. DA Superintendent Jason Thomson said he and DA faculty member Tina James are looking to incorporate a vet tech program as an option in the near future, as well.

“We initially started with automotive technology about four years ago and added culinary/ hospitality and business in 2016,” he said.

The program allows high school students to earn college credits by completing courses at SUNY Delhi. Students in the automotive program can earn 32 college credits while still in high school, while culinary arts students can potentially earn the same.

Initially, the school board agreed to a two-year pilot program, but the program has been so successful it will continue.

SUNY Delhi representatives who are involved in the CTEP Program collaboration were at the school Monday - David Brower, Dean/Professor, School of Business & Hospitality Management and Jessica Backus- Foster, Program Director/Associate Professor, Business & Hospitality.

They agreed that the partnership between the high school and the college has been positive on many levels.

“The culinary program at SUNY Delhi is nationally accredited and a student can earn a two- or four-year degree,” said Brower, who said there are six DA students involved in the program.

“Collectively, DA has 20-22 in the program,” added Thomson.

In some cases, such as in the case of senior Nate Craft who is involved in the automotive technology program, he will graduate high school at DA with nearly a two-year degree at SUNY Delhi.

“It is an amazing opportunity for these students to leave school ahead of the ball game,” said Brower.

And, this is only the beginning, according to the DA superintendent, who said partnerships within the community and businesses are being formed in conjunction.

“I have folks locally, such as Bill Mirabito (Mirabito Energy Products) who are looking to employ and if an individual has their CDL, they have a huge leg up,” he said.

Thomson added that the program inevitably allows for more young individuals to stay in the community.

“We have a lot of students from DA who are involved in the program, continue on with us,” said Brower.

“And, with internships and partnerships, there is the opportunity for area employment locally following graduation as a result,” said Thomson.

In implementing the CTEP Program, Thomson said it was important to look years down the road.

“We need to be a standalone district,” he said. “We really believe this is a wonderful transitional program,” he said. “Governor Cuomo proposed ‘free college’ and that’s what we essentially are doing with the taxpayers’ money.”

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