PLATTSBURGH — CV-TEC is nearing the end of a multi-year process required to achieve post-secondary, national accreditation.
Two years ago, the institution was granted Candidate for Accreditation status from the Council on Occupational Education, a national accrediting body, and since then has been undergoing the process of demonstrating its fulfillment of the agency’s nearly 1,000 requirements.
“We wanted to increase the quality of our institution and our programs,” said CV-TEC Interim Director James McCartney III of the school’s decision to undergo the process.
A team of seven council representatives from various colleges and post-secondary Career Technical Education institutions visited last month and evaluated all the school’s programs for accreditation eligibility.
“In addition to hosting an accreditation team visit, CV-TEC also had to produce hundreds of exhibits, undergo a program-by-program accreditation team review, provide numerous faculty and student interviews, produce program-specific self-study supplements and produce a nearly 600-page self-study report as part of the accreditation process,” McCartney said.
A report generated by the visiting team, he noted, indicates the institution ranked superior in three areas: its security-and-law-enforcement and environmental-conservation and forestry programs, as well as its quality of collaboration with the council committee in providing the required documentation.
“We’re very proud to have received three commendations,” said the interim director, who credits the successful review to the hard work of the Champlain Valley Educational Services Board, Advisory Committee and Steering Committee members; District Superintendent Dr. Mark Davey; and administrators, faculty and staff.
The visiting team indicated it plans to recommend CV-TEC for accreditation, which McCartney expects the council to approve at its June meeting.
The accreditation would not only apply to the institution’s main Plattsburgh campus but to its branch campuses in Mineville and Plattsburgh and its Instructional Service Center at Ticonderoga Central School, as well as every program offered at those locations.