FFA officers visit Bush campus
The New York State FFA Vice President and the District 8 FFA President visited FFA members in the Conservation and Animal Science programs on the GST BOCES Bush campus in February. The two officers toured the Conservation greenhouse and learned about the fish that are raised and plants that are grown by students. They also visited the Animal Science classroom to learn about the program and meet the animals that the students care for each day. The officers also shared their experiences in FFA and encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunities offered by FFA
Culinary students compete in Cupcake Wars
Seniors in the Culinary Arts program at the GST BOCES Bush Education Center recently faced off in a Cupcake Wars competition as a culmination of their baking unit. The event was modeled after the popular Food Network competition in which contestants are judged on the taste and presentation of their confections.
Students worked in two-person teams to bake and decorate cupcakes in unique flavors and themes. They were judged on consistency, presentation and taste by a panel that included selected staff. In addition, juniors in the program offered peer evaluations of the cupcakes.
According to Instructor Karen Mecum, the competition tied into the students' work from last year, in which they studied trends in baking and wrote articles summarizing the popularity of cupcakes.
Congratulations to Stacie Weaver (Elmira) and Shasha Verity (Elmira), first place; Ashley Cartegena (Elmira) and Carl Castilow (Edison), second place; Cheyenne Bunnell (Elmira) and Lindsay Short (Elmira), third place; and Kade Austin (Elmira) and Cameron Barnes (Elmira), fourth place. Cassandra Stirrup (Horseheads) and TJ Vondercheck (Horseheads) were awarded the Judges' Creativity award. Abby Chapman (Odessa-Montour) and Karen Wagner (Waverly) were awarded the Judges' Choice award.
In the photo at left, a student puts the finishing touches on her apple caramel cupcakes.
Auto Body Repair students receive donations
Students in the Auto Body Repair classes at the Coopers Education Center have many new parts to work on thanks to a generous donation. Empire Auto Parts recently donated 20 fenders, 15 bumpers and 10 hoods to the program.
"These parts will give students more opportunities to practice the skills they have learned," said Instructor Brian McDonnell. "Empire Auto Parts not only helped by making the donation, but they even scheduled a special trip from New Jersey to make the delivery to us."
Three GST BOCES teams place at ProStart Invitational
Three teams of students from GST BOCES Culinary Arts classes placed at the 12th Annual New York State ProStart Invitational held at Schenectady County Community College in February. More than 115 students from 26 schools faced off in this year’s event, setting an all-time high for participation for the annual competition.
The Bush Campus Culinary team was awarded second place and the Wildwood Campus Culinary team took home fifth place.
The Management team from the Coopers Education Center took third place in their competition.
The ProStart Invitational is made up of two distinct competitions. The Culinary Competition highlights each team’s creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, and without access to running water or electricity. They are evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation.
For the Management Competition, teams develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Next, their problem solving skills are tested as they quickly solve challenges faced by managers daily.
Adult Office Support Instructor needed
GST BOCES Adult Education and Career Services is looking for qualified individuals to teach Office Support classes on the Bush and Wildwood Campus. Please see the attached job description [Download PDF] and flyer [Download PDF] for details. To apply or for more information, please contact Deb Harrington at email@example.com.
Alfred State holds Instant Decision Day at Wildwood
Students at the Wildwood Education Center recently had a unique opportunity when Alfred State College representative Kathy Markel visited the campus for Instant Decision Day. She met with students to determine if they qualified for admission into the college. Some students were accepted on the spot and others received guidance in their application process. Plans are underway to offer this opportunity again in the fall.
At left, a senior in the Culinary Arts program proudly shows off the ASC acceptance letter he received at Instant Decision Day.
Heavy Equipment students learn about new truck
Heavy Equipment students at the Coopers Education Center recently participated in a training workshop to learn more about the new CDL truck that was purchased for their program through funding secured from the 2015-16 state budget by NYS Senator Tom O'Mara. The truck was purchased from Peterbilt, and representatives from the company, along with representatives from Cummins (engine) and Bendix (brakes), spent the day teaching students and staff about the new technology used in their products.
"This was a great opportunity for students who are looking to pursue a career in the heavy truck repair or driving fields to meet with some of the leaders of the industry," said Heavy Equipment Instructor Todd Swimelar.
FFA members meet with legislators in Albany
A group of FFA members from the Bush campus Conservation and Animal Science programs recently travelled to Albany to meet with NYS Senator Tom O'Mara. The students met with the Senator and other state officials to promote agricultural issues and showcase local agricultural products as part of the New York Farm Bureau's 2016 Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Day.
"I appreciated this impressive group of high school students from our region taking the time to come to Albany to help showcase the quality of locally grown foods and products, and to help all of us better understand the many critical issues facing agriculture and conservation across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide," said O'Mara, chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. "I think it’s especially encouraging to have these young leaders looking to carry on and guide this important and valuable work for the next generation."
We are now accepting nominations for the GST BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize the personal and professional achievements of past Career and Technical Education students who best exemplify the qualities and characteristics inherent in a successful BOCES program graduate.
If you know someone you would like to nominate for this honor, please complete this application, print it and return it to the address listed by January 15, 2015.
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.