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Buffalo's career and tech ed programs

Buffalo has an astonishing array of career and technical education programs housed within its high schools. Unfortunately, as noted in my story, Buffalo has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to enrolling and graduating students who are capable of passing industry assessments.

Below is the list of all the career programs the Buffalo district offers. Programs with an * are state certified.

Before we get to that, however, I'd like to say a word the cost of vocational programs offered by Erie 1 BOCES vs. the cost of programs offered by Buffalo. I didn't get into this in the main story because I ran out of room, time and brain power.

But the bottom line is that vocational programs within the district probaby do cost a fair amount less than the programs offered at BOCES. I don't know how much less, though I did get explanations from both BOCES Supt. Donald Ogilvie and Katherine Heinle, director of Buffalo's career and tech ed programs, about how they calculated their costs.

Ogilvie said his $7,600 per student tuition figure includes everything needed to run the program, including the cost of the teacher, the supplies, the facility overhead, insurance, technology support etc. If for some reason BOCES winds up with a surplus, after charging tuition, the money is refunded the district.

Heinle said she arrived at the $1,500 per student figure by taking her operation and management budget for her department, which included high school vocational teachers salaries, equipment, her own salary (the only vocational staff salary paid through operations budget), the repair line etc. and divided it by the number of students.

For me to ensure the two figures were an exact apples-to-apples comparison would have required more time than I had to spare, I'm afraid.

Here's the listing of Buffalo career and technical programs:

Buffalo's vocational programs

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Denise Jewell Gee

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Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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