January 9, 2024

Open House

Check out the student videos from QIII  Career and Technical Education programs.

YouTube. com/watch?

October 17, 2023



Attend our Open House to begin
your CTE journey

Thursday, October 19, 2023, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Robert H. Gibson Technical School (Troy)

Donald R. Kline Technical School (Hudson)

Marilyn A. Noonan School at Durham 
(attend for Agriculture Science and Heavy Equipment ONLY,
attend Kline open house for other programs for Columbia and Greene County students)

November 9, 2022

Candle Fundraiser

Candle Fundraiser to Benefit Columbia Class of 2026

Nov 8, 2022 | Columbia

The Columbia High School Class of 2026 is proud to partner with Castleton Candle, a local small business based in East Greenbush, to offer an opportunity to purchase safe, clean-burning, hand-poured soy candles. Please consider exploring the variety of scents and products (including both traditional and wickless candles, as well as melts) available at www.castletoncandle.com.

The ordering deadline is Wednesday, November 30. Distribution will take place on December 15 at Columbia.



November 7, 2022

Rom Shop Celebrates their first Anniversary

Twin-owned Albany boutique promotes 'slow fashion,' sustainability
“It’s not always easy being in business with family but as twins, we have a natural partnership. We’ve been best friends our whole lives," Allyson Smith says
Rom Shop, a sustainable fashion and lifestyle boutique that opened in downtown Albany last year. Twin-owned Albany boutique promotes 'slow fashion,' sustainability.

“It’s not always easy being in business with family but as twins, we have a natural partnership. We’ve been best friends our whole lives," Allyson Smith says.
Twins Allyson and Whitney Smith are identical in appearance, but their distinct personalities contrast in more ways than one. Whitney is a passionate shopper, and Allyson prefers spreadsheets. But what they do share is a passion for environmentalism.

Questar III is hiring!

Questar III needs Teaching Assistants! 

We have multiple openings in our Special Education and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. 
 Here are some of the position highlights:
  • Competitive pay
  • Excellent Health and Dental Benefits with a 5% employee contribution
  • 10-month school schedule
  • Enrollment in the NYS Teacher’s Retirement pension system
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Contact the HR office directly at employment@questar.org or 518-479-6945.

Check HERE for current openings.


Donald R. Kline Technical School

Questar III names technical school after its late board VP

this is a photo of the Donald R. Kline Technical School ribbon cutting on November 4.

Questar III BOCES recognized its late board vice president Donald Kline today at a ribbon-cutting event at the Hudson-based school now named in his honor. The Donald R. Kline Technical School – which replaces the former Columbia-Greene Educational Center – honors the legacy of the late Donald Kline, who dedicated his life to public service.

October 5, 2022

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Month

What Is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:


·         Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry

·         Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse

·         Family history of mental health problems

If you have, or believe you may have, mental health problem, it can be helpful to talk about these issues with others. It can be scary to reach out for help, but it is often the first step to helping you heal, grow, and recover.

Having a good support system and engaging with trustworthy people are key elements to successfully talking about your own mental health. Find someone—such as a parent, family member, coworker, faith leader, health care provider or other trusted individual, who:


·         Gives good advice when you want and ask for it; assists you in taking action that will help

·         Likes, respects, and trusts you and who you like, respect, and trust, too

·         Allows you the space to change, grow, make decisions, and even make mistakes

·         Listens to you and shares with you, both the good and bad times

·         Respects your need for confidentiality so you can tell him or her anything

·         Lets you freely express your feelings and emotions without judging, teasing, or criticizing

·         Works with you to figure out what to do the next time a difficult situation comes up

·         Has your best interest in mind