Hudson students have multiple opportunities to participate in alternative learning programs that support and expand their education at HHS. The focus of these programs ranges from college to career and include various learning environments and outcomes.
For more information about these opportunities, please contact the HHS Guidance Office.
College Credits & Experience
There are several options for students to earn college credits and gain experience with college-level coursework before they graduate from Hudson High School. Furthermore, these programs offer many transferable credits that can help students save money on future college tuition:
College-in-the-High-School: This program allows HHS students to earn college credit for work completed through Columbia-Greene Community College, all without having to leave the HHS campus. The C-GCC College-in-the-High-School program provides students with college-level coursework experience and an alternative to Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Examples of C-GCC courses include English Composition, Psychology and Sociology. Credits earned are typically transferable to other higher education institutions that accept coursework from C-GCC.
College Credits via SUNY Cobleskill: Students may also receive college credits from SUNY Cobleskill for work completed at HHS. Examples include Creative Writing and Statistics. Credits earned are typically transferable to other higher education institutions that accept coursework from SUNY schools.
To see what college credit and AP courses are frequently offered to juniors and seniors at HHS, view the Program of Studies guide.
Bard Early College in Hudson: Bard Early College is a dual enrollment program in which students attend classes at HHS as well as a Bard College “satellite campus” on Warren Street. To help students in the transition to college-level coursework, Bard in Hudson participants also have access to college planning and counseling services, as well as writing support to help them prepare for the expectations of college courses. Bard College credits are transferable upon acceptance to Bard, most CUNY and SUNY programs, and many other colleges and universities across the United States. This unique program is made possible through a partnership with Bard College and Questar III BOCES.
Career & Technical Education
Juniors and seniors can participate in Questar III’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which provide students with the academic and technical skills necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners.
CTE programs are ideal for students who are interested in attending a technical or trade school or pursuing a career immediately after high school. Examples of CTE programs include Cosmetology, Criminal Justice and HVAC & Renewable Energies. Click here for more information about Questar III’s CTE programs.
CTE programs are typically half day (either morning or afternoon). For part of the day, students take program-specific classes at the nearby Columbia-Greene Educational Center (131 Union Turnpike, Hudson, NY). Students spend the other part of the day at HHS for classes such as physical education, foreign language or music.
Questar III’s New Visions programs also provide career and technical-based options for some students. New Visions programs are one-year honors programs for high school seniors. New Visions provide students with valuable insight into career options from a real-world perspective.
If your student is interested in a CTE or New Visions program, please contact the HHS Guidance Office.
Career Development & Occupational Studies
It is essential that all Hudson graduates have the skills they need to obtain and maintain a job. Our innovative PAES Lab (Practical Assessment Exploration System) allows special education students to explore careers and strengthen their employability skills through hands-on learning. It is a national hands-on assessment program that systematically develops entry-level job skills, work interests and abilities. The PAES Lab can help students develop appropriate work behaviors while exploring various jobs, and foster acceleration into graduation pathways based on student interests.
Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) is another academic option for some high school students. We are in the final stages of being able to certify coursework and work hours for high school students who meet the criteria for a national work readiness commencement credential. The CDOS credential supplements a diploma and certifies that students have met all the requirements of career exploration and development.
The Bridge (Transitional Program)
The Columbia-Greene Partnership Academy, also known as “The Bridge,” is a New York State-approved Alternative Transition Program for 16-year-old students who are at risk of dropping out of school due to a lack of credits accrued toward graduation. It is a unique partnership between the Berkshire Union Free, Hudson City and Catskill Central School Districts.
The Bridge is part of our Destination Graduation to Occupation initiative. A primary goal of The Bridge is to establish a positive academic and behavioral attitude within each student to best prepare them for successful entry into a Questar Career and Technical Education (CTE) program or re-entry into the traditional educational environment of their home district on track for graduation.
The Bridge aims to lower the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate by providing at-risk students with the right blend of academic, social and emotional support. The program’s vision is to foster self-confidence and success in an educational environment that reinforces positive behaviors in a respectful manner, allowing students to develop a more positive approach to their educational and personal lives.
Bridge students benefit from a small class size setting and have access to the same technologies available throughout the Hudson City School District. This includes SMART board technology, iPads and laptop carts that provide students with 21st century technology skills to prepare them for future careers.
All Bridge teachers are dual-certified in a specific content area as well as in special education. However, students do not need to be classified as special education. Each teacher’s concentrated training will enable them to meet the unique needs of students who have not met success in the traditional school setting. Staff provide tailored interventions targeted to individualized needs (e.g., personalized attention, credit recovery, online learning, project-based learning).
The following aspects are central to The Bridge:
- Social/Emotional Skill Building: Each student receives self-regulating, conflict management and tolerance skills embedded in the curriculum to help manage emotions.
- Academic Labs & Tutoring: Additional support for students is offered in both English and Math. Students work on skill areas that need improvement as well as areas where they need to be challenged. All students will have additional tutoring opportunities for every content area to help them understand concepts and keep them from falling behind in their work.
- Credit Recovery: Students can work at their own pace and make up credits in a variety of subject areas. Students are provided these opportunities after the school day to maximize learning. The ability to recover credits is a key to getting on track for graduation.
- Workforce Development: All students will take a credit-bearing course designed to build problem solving, communication, teamwork, leadership, creativity, work ethics and social responsibility skills. These skills will connect school to work.
In addition to increasing the number of credits accrued toward graduation, The Bridge offers a hybrid Regents and Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) preparation program so students are prepared for each.
Hudson students are transported to the High School campus as usual and then to The Bridge by school bus (364 Warren Street, Hudson, NY). Lunch is provided by the Hudson City School District. After dismissal at 2:20 p.m., students are transported back to the High School campus for regular dismissal at 2:37 p.m. Students may participate in all sports and after school activities in their home school district.
For more information about The Bridge, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 518-828-4360 (ext. 2101).