This year, William Floyd High School has introduced two new Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses for students – barbering and power sports/small engine repair – to add to an already full complement of CTE opportunities for students including automotive technology, business, building trades & construction, cosmetology, culinary arts, two sections of medical assisting and technology.
The power sports/small engine repair course began this past September and is more focused on the engineering aspect with students learning to maintain, diagnose and repair two- and four-stroke vehicles and power sports equipment. Taught by R. Coleman, the former teaching assistant in the automotive technology class who has experience as a motorcycle and aircraft mechanic, students are getting hands-on instruction on two- and four-stroke theory, engines, ignitions and fuel systems, as well as safety, equipment and tools. Students who pass this course, as well as successfully complete an industry assessment and additional coursework in Personal Finance, College & Career Prep, Drawing & Design or Geometry in Construction and Principles of Engineering or Electronics, will earn a technical endorsement on their diplomas.
In the barbering course, taught by Anthony Montañez, the owner of Monti’s Barbershop in Moriches, students are learning all about barbering from its history to the latest cutting and styling techniques, facial grooming, shaving techniques and more. Students also learn all about the business end of owning their own shop through Mr. Montañez’s experiences as well as various business courses offered such as Virtual Enterprise, Accounting and more. Successful completion of this two-year course will prepare students to take the New York State licensing exam to become a full-fledged master barber eligible for employment in the field.
“The new courses and programs continue to fulfill a vital need for the William Floyd community,” said Dr. Donna Watkins, Director of Secondary Education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), William Floyd School District. “Our students receive training to enter college or the workforce prepared to become productive and contributing citizens throughout their lives.”
Now more than 350 students are enrolled in various CTE courses at William Floyd High School and students graduating with a CTE endorsement on their diplomas have the opportunity to gain entry-level employment in various capacities including as a medical assistant, an automotive technician, an entry-level carpenter/carpenter’s apprentice/carpenter’s helper and as a licensed cosmetologist; they can also earn college credits for post-secondary education in the culinary arts, earn endorsements in business (accounting, small business management, Microsoft office specialist) and in technology (architectural drafting and engineering).
Last year, in an effort to provide students with the most opportunities to help them become well-rounded and succeed now and in the future, William Floyd introduced more opportunities for students including Geometry in Construction, Introduction to Computer Science, AP Computer Science, Robotics, Math/ELA for the College Bound, Technical Writing, College Business Math, Exploration of Crafts and Technical Writing.