Counseling Department
(518) 237-1510





 New Visions open houses scheduled for Feb. 8-10

High school students interested in an in-depth, honors-level study program for their senior year are encouraged to attend a New Visions Program open house in mid-February.

The Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School will offer a series of open houses to high school students and their parents. The open houses begin Feb. 8 for students interested in careers as doctors, physical therapists and in other healthcare areas and continues on Feb. 9 for students interested in careers in the media and/or communications. On Feb. 10, an open house will be conducted for students interested in careers as lawyers, in law enforcement or the government.

The New Visions Program is a one-year, honors-level program that turns area businesses and government buildings into classrooms for highly motivated, academically successful high school seniors. New Visions programs are offered in Health Careers, Multimedia & Digital Communications, and Law & Government.

Classes meet from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The Health Careers classroom is located at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady and at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. Multimedia & Digital Communication students meet at the Times Union in Colonie and the Law & Government classroom is located at the New York State Education Department building, directly across from the Capitol in Albany.

New Visions Law Students learn through traditional methods (lecture, reading, research, writing and focused study), group discussion, internships and rotations.

In the event of snow on any one of the dates listed above, Feb. 11 will be used to make up the session.

All of the open houses are held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education school Albany campus, located at 1015 Watervliet-Shaker Road in Albany.

The sessions are held during the school day to allow New Visions students and teachers to give an overview of the course components, units of study and other pertinent information.

An evening open house for all New Visions programs will take place March 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the CTE.

Anyone interested in attending any of the sessions should call the CTE Guidance Office at (518) 862-4816.

For more information or to register via email, contact Jeannine Moran at


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Please note: for all college visits – Students must receive a pre-signed pass from the Counseling Office prior to the visit. College visit information will be updated regularly.


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Cohoes CEEB/High School Code 331-425

The focus of the Cohoes City School District's Counseling Department is to provide a Developmental School Counseling Program consisting of a comprehensive plan of academic, career, and personal development. The program is an essential part of the total school program and supports the goals established for all students.

Through a series of sequential and developmental activities, the counselor ensures that he/she is meaningfully involved with each student during each year of the secondary school experience. In this way the student is in the best position to learn, plan, and make positive decisions with the ongoing support and assistance of a school counselor.

A team approach is necessary for the overall success of a comprehensive, developmental program that requires the involvement of parents, staff members, and community organizations.