New Visions student train ECSD elementary students
Students in the New Visions Education and Human Services Honors Academy at the GST BOCES Bush Education Center are training elementary students in the Elmira City School District to help their peers resolve conflicts constructively. The New Visions students, who are also members of SkillsUSA, will present this community service project at the New York State SkillsUSA competition in Syracuse on April 22-24.
Last fall, the New Visions students were trained in the transformative theory of conflict resolution and the skills of a conflict manager. They recently began sharing the skills they acquired with a selected group of fifth- and sixth-graders from Hendy, Beecher, Coburn and Broadway Elementary Schools. Using manuals, a smart board, role playing and other learning activities, the New Visions students are teaching the elementary students how to become conflict managers in their schools.
"This project been a an excellent opportunity for our students to develop their leadership skills, while at the same time obtain hands-on work experience in the education and human services career fields," said New Visions Instructor Kelly Smith. "The SkillsUSA community service project encouraged the students to make a positive impact in their local schools and I couldn't be more proud of all of the students who are involved in this program. It's a win-win for everyone."
ESL Program Hosts International Dinner
The GST BOCES English as a Second Language (ESL) program recently hosted an international dinner for current and former students and their guests.
The dinner included delicious food typical of the eight countries represented by the students. The evening also included entertainment. One student performed magic tricks. Her husband played his guitar and sang American folk songs, including the group in audience participation. Although the attendees did not share a common language, they enjoyed the food, entertainment and company and practiced speaking the English language throughout the evening.
If you need to learn English and would like to attend classes, please call Robin DeLong at 607-739-7684. GST BOCES offers ESL classes in Elmira and Corning.
Welders construct lacrosse goals for ECSD
Three Welding and Metal Fabrication students at the Bush Education Center recently constructed two sets of new lacrosse goals for the Elmira City School District. Students not only practiced their welding skills on the project, but also were responsible for measuring existing goals, drawing up plans and putting together an estimate for the job.
The project was win-win for the students and the district, according to Instructor Mike Lederman. The district had priced the goals with vendors and found them to be costly, said Lederman. The Welding program offered an affordable alternative and the students gained real work experience while creating goals that can be used by lacrosse players for years to come.
Musicians take flute workshop via Distance Learning
The GST BOCES Distance Learning Service recently offered a special flute workshop video conference with Alyssa Greengrass from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Students in Addison, Prattsburgh and Pine Valley took part in the live instruction, which focused on vibrato and sound development. Participants learned exercises and new skills to help them explore their individual sounds and, through the use of vibrato, learned to play more expressively.
The GST BOCES Distance Learning program supports a wide variety of video conference based learning opportunities for both student and professional development opportunities across the region.
Photo at left: Flutists from the Addison Central School District participated in the Manhattan School of Music workshop via distance learning.
Summer Adult Ed Courses
GST BOCES Adult Education and Career Services offers a variety of career trainings during the summer. You can learn a new skill or share this information with a friend or family member who might benefit from one our programs. See the attached flyer for details.
For more information or to register, call 739-7905 or 1-877-ADULTED or log onto www.gstboces.org/adulted.
FFA reps meet with Senator O'Mara
Representatives from the Bush Education Center's FFA chapter recently traveled to Albany to meet with New York State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and local soil and water conservation leaders.
GST BOCES was represented by FFA Advisor and Conservation Instructor Don MacNaughton and two FFA officers.
Steuben County Legislator Dan Farrand, who's also currently serving as President of the New York Association of Conservation Districts, and Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Jeffrey Parker also were part of the group.
"I appreciated this group taking the time to come to Albany to help all of us better understand the many critical issues facing soil and water conservation across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide," said O'Mara, the new chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. "I think it's especially encouraging to have students like these looking to carry on and lead this important and valuable work for the next generation."
Cosmetology students worked the cast and crew of Guys and Dolls
Two students in the junior Cosmetology program at GST BOCES Bush Campus worked directly with the cast and crew of the off-Broadway musical, Guys and Dolls, during its run at the Clemens Center in Elmira on May 19 and 20.
Cierra and Allexyss from Horseheads High School used their talents to help prepare the wigs for the show. They were even in on the action back stage during the performance, assisting with the products and materials needed.
"This was a great learning experience," Cierra said. "It opened my eyes to other areas where I could use my cosmetology license. Without this experience, I would not have known how exciting the cosmetology field is in theater."
"It was very inspiring," Allexyss added. "The wig master taught me a lot and made me think of all the possibilities I could explore with my talents. BOCES allows me to see the bigger picture."
NYS FFA officers visit Bush campus
NYS FFA District 8 President Kara Long and NYS FFA Treasurer Gabriel Rater visited the Bush campus FFA chapter in March. State officers visit each chapter across New York to share information on statewide activities and how to become a state officer. They visited the Conservation and Animal Science classes to learn about the skills that Bush FFA students gain in their programs.
In the photo at left, a Conservation student describes how the class raises fish in their greenhouse.
"It was exciting to have state officers visit our campus," said Bush Treasurer Samantha White. "I learned a lot about what is happening in FFA on a larger scale beyond our own chapter."
Four graduates of GST BOCES Career and Technical Education programs were inducted into the GST BOCES Hall of Fame recently.
(L-R) David Barton, Michael Dodge (seated) and Gary Harwood were recently inducted into the GST BOCES Hall of Fame. Photo by Tom Mike.
Timothy Huten was unable to attend the Hall of Fame induction banquet, but sent a video message from his remote location in Alaska. See the side bar at the right.
David Barton graduated from Horseheads High School and completed the Welding and Metal Fabrication program at the Bush Education Center in 1987. After graduation, David went to work for Courser Inc. in Big Flats. In 1989, he took a position at Cameron Manufacturing and Design. He took advantage of many training courses offered through Cameron, including problem solving, quality, machine operation, shop math and blue print reading, along with supervision and safety courses. He went on to become a trainer for many of these courses. He also served as a welding instructor for GST Adult Education and Career Services and completed the NYS Apprentice Program as a Journeyman Sheet Metal Iron Plate worker while still working at Cameron.David was promoted to production supervisor in 2005 and to manufacturing engineering technician in 2007. When the company opened its new division, Cameron Bridge Works, in 2014, David was appointed general manager, the position he holds today. He also operates his own inspection and training business, DC Services.
Michael Dodge graduated from Southside High School and completed the Criminal Justice program at the Bush Education Center in 2007. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and continues to serve as a Master at Arms - Petty Officer Second Class. Michael has served in hostile territories including GTMO Cuba and NSA Bahrain. While at GTMO Cuba, he provided naval security in assistance with the 9/11 tribunals. In NSA Bahrain, he provided security for the transport of arms, ammunition and explosives to SEAL teams and Marine Corps expeditionary forces. He is currently stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California.Michael has obtained top security clearance and is currently attending specialized schools for cryptology and intelligence. He also is taking college courses toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security.
Gary Harwood completed the Auto Mechanic program at the Wildwood Education Center and graduated from Hornell High School in 1980. While in high school, he worked at Maple City Dodge in Hornell as a cleaner. As he gained skills in his CTE program, his supervisors allowed him to make automotive repairs under the guidance of a mechanic. During his senior year, he earned certification as a mechanic and worked full-time at Maple City Dodge.After graduation, Gary opened Harwood's Car Care, which he grew into three businesses with the help of his mother and family. He eventually sold his businesses and went back to work for Maple City Dodge as a salesperson. He worked his way up to sales manager and eventually became co-owner. Today, Gary is the President of Maple City Dodge.
Timothy Huten completed the Audio Media Design program at the Bush Education Center and graduated from Horseheads High School in 2007. After graduation, he attended SUNY Fredonia, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Digital Film Design and Television Production. Timothy next moved to New York City in pursuit of a position in television news broadcasting or filming live sports. He worked small jobs, including a six-week contract for a graveyard shift at a production company. That company, Paper Route Productions, Inc. contacted him when they were hiring for filming a new show on the Do It Yourself Network. Timothy still works for Paper Route Productions today. His assignments have included logger for DIY's "Garage Gold," camera operator for "Brothers on Call" and story producer on Destination America's "Buying Alaska."From October 2012 through August 2013, Timothy was the associate field producer for Discovery Channel's "Yukon Men," shot in remote Tanana, Alaska. He is currently serving as a shooter producer for the Travel Channel.
The Hall of Fame recognizes the personal achievements of former GST BOCES students who demonstrate an understandable connection between their BOCES experience and career choice achievements. Anyone who has successfully completed an Adult Education, Alternative High School or Career and Technical Education program is eligible for the Hall of Fame. Applicants are eligible after the sixth year following their program completion. Inductees are selected by the CTE Advisory Council, which is made up of business and community leaders.
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