Students assist DEC with fish stocking
GST BOCES students from the Coopers campus Heavy Equipment class assisted the Department of Environmental Conservation's fish and wildlife department in releasing 2,650 yearlings and 300 two-year-old brown trout into the Meads Creek this spring. This event has taken place since the 1970s, according to Instructor Dave Hamilton. "Our students really enjoy this experience and we thank the DEC for the opportunity to assist them," said Hamilton.
BOCES Practical Nursing Students Receive Award
Adult Practical Nursing student Stephen Davis accepts an award from Shannon Oakes, prevention coordinator for the Chemung County Office of Mental Hygiene. Davis recently was the captain of a team of BOCES Practical Nursing students who participated in the Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk. With more than 100 members, the team from BOCES was the largest school-based team to participate in the event. According to Oakes, more than 2,200 people participated in this year's walk.
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.
GST BOCES Adult Students assist Community by Preparing Playground site
Two students in GST BOCES Adult Construction Equipment Operation training program practiced their new skills while they helped the community. The students worked with the Town of Elmira to take out an old playground at McCann's Park and excavate the site. Their work will make it possible for community members to install a new playground at the site in a few weeks.
The Adult Construction Equipment Operation program provides students with 60 hours of instruction, including hands-on experience with the basic operation of bulldozers, loaders, backhoes and excavators.
Wildwood student wins car at graduation ceremony
The Student of the Month Committee on the GST BOCES Wildwood campus partnered with Maple City Dodge in Hornell for the first-ever car give away at Wildwood's graduation ceremony. Maple City Dodge graciously donated a 2000 Chrysler Concord in support of Career and Technical Education.
To be entered into the car drawing, students must have been selected as a Student of the Month and/or a National Technical Honor Society Member, maintained 80 or above average, had less than 10 days absent for senior year and no discipline referrals, and received recommendations from instructors.
Gary Harwood from Maple City Dodge was on hand at graduation to draw the name of the winner. A Heavy Equipment student from Haverling High School was selected.
Photo at left: The winning student is joined by Gary Harwood and Valarie Burch as he picks up his new car at Maple City Dodge.
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."
Nine school districts compete in robotics event
Teams from nine area school districts participated in the After School VEX Robotics competition on May 27 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center. This event was coordinated by the GST BOCES STEM Team. Students from Addison, Arkport, Campbell-Savona, Canaseraga, Elmira, Hammondsport, Hornell, Jasper-Troupsburg and Watkins Glen competed with robots that they constructed and programmed to function autonomously and under remote operator control. Students also gave presentations on their creations.
Funding for this program was provided through a Perkins Grant. Professional development and training was provided by the GST BOCES STEM Team.
In this photograph, a Jasper-Troupsburg student repairs a robot with the help of his instructor.
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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