PLATTSBURGH — The CV-TEC Division of Champlain Valley Educational Services has earned accreditation from the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.
The recognition affirms quality and brings financial opportunities to CV-TEC.
CV-TEC Interim Director James McCartney III welcomed the achievement.
"It was a lot of hard work, but everyone came together to gather the information we needed," he said told the Press-Republican. "It was well worth it."
CV-TEC has four locations: the Plattsburgh main campus, Plattsburgh satellite branch campus, Mineville branch campus and Ticonderoga Instructional Service Center.
CV-TEC began its self-study in February 2012 and underwent a team visit in February 2014.
McCartney said that over the past three years, faculty and staff completed the extensive internal evaluation, which involved thousands of pages of exhibits, regular meetings with advisory committees and an intensive onsite review by a visiting team of educators from the commission's member institutions.
Each secondary- and adult-education program offered at CV-TEC had to meet not only the standards of quality of the U.S. Department of Education and the commission but also the needs of the students, community and employers, CVES said in a news release.
Each individual program had to pass muster on its own for the institution to receive accreditation.
McCartney said two CV-TEC programs — Environmental Conservation/Forestry and Security and Law Enforcement — received special recognition from the accreditation committee.
CV-TEC will now be required to submit documentation each year to verify high completion, placement and licensure rates for each of its programs at all four campuses.
CVES District Superintendent Dr. Mark Davey called accreditation "a source of great pride as it is consistent with the standards CVES strives to meet each year.
"CV-TEC has a long, proud history of providing high-quality career- and technical-education programs to high school and adult students, of creating career pathways for prospective employees and of working with area employers to meet the needs of our local business and industry partners,” he said in a press release.