Reed visits STEM Academy
Congressman Tom Reed stopped by the Greater Southern Tier STEM Academy recently to take a tour and talk with students and teachers. He had a chance to see a few of the projects students are working on, including a robotic hand built and programmed by a student. During his visit, Reed praised the program's unique approach and pledged to work to continue funding for it.
Cosmetology students ready peers for prom
Seniors in the Cosmetology program at GST BOCES Bush Education Center recently used their skills to help students in the Elsmere and Broad Horizons programs get ready for their prom in May. The students were treated to a day at the salon and pampered as they had their hair, nails and make up done.
Students raise money for club, help others at the same time
GST BOCES students from the Bush Education Center recently wrapped up a successful fundraiser that will not only benefit their club but also will help others around the world.
Students in the
To Be or Not To Be Drama Clubcollected gently used shoes from staff on the Philo Road campus, as well as the surrounding community, for Funds2Orgs. Funds2Orgs purchases shoes collected by schools and other organizations and distributes them to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations who clean, repair and resell the shoes in their communities for a profit.
The students collected 1,500 pairs of shoes and expect to earn $300 that will allow the drama club to purchase lighting and sound equipment.
"We had a wonderful outpouring of support from staff and community members," said Teaching Assistant Marissa Losey, who helped to coordinate the fundraiser.
Photo caption: GST BOCES students from the Bush Education Center pose with the 1,500 pairs of shoes they collected for a Funds2Orgs fundraiser.
Bush Culinary students face off in Cupcake Wars
Seniors in the Culinary Arts program at the 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.
The winner of this year's competition was a Bananas Foster cupcake.
Students learn interview skills
The annual Construction Trades Employers Day was held at the Bush Campus in February. Representatives from 31 area businesses conducted simulated entry-level job interviews with senior students enrolled in the Building Construction, Conservation, Welding and Metal Fabrication and Diesel Equipment Technology programs. Students prepared for the day by putting together a résumé and researching the companies with which they would interview. The event gave employers the opportunity to learn about Career and Technical Education programs, meet prospective graduates and provide them with feedback on their job-seeking skills. Students learned from employers about local businesses, job descriptions, hiring procedures and workplace expectations.
NYS FFA officers visit Bush
New York State FFA Secretary Lindsey Nassimo (Madison Central School) and Treasurer Jenna Kibbe (Clymer Central School) recently visited the Conservation and Animal Science classes on the Bush campus. They toured both programs, met with all students and had lunch with GST BOCES administrators and chapter officers, where they discussed their backgrounds and experiences as state officers.
Students complete AMP program
Four adult students recently graduated from the Accelerated Machinist Partnership (AMP) Program at GST BOCES. Graduates were Chavales Ross, Dan Mitchell, Wendy Stilts and John Fritzon.
AMP was developed by GST BOCES Adult Education and Career Services, CSS Workforce NY and WDI (Workforce Development Institute) at the request of local employers. The program offers an enhanced machining program to adult students in the area that includes 440 hours of classroom instruction at GST BOCES and 280 hours of hands-on experience at local businesses.
Pictured-back row (left to right): Deb Harrington, GST BOCES; James Frame, GST BOCES; Dan Porter, Workforce NY; Kellie Christopher, Workforce NY; Tim Driscoll, GST BOCES
Front row: Chavales Ross, Dan Mitchell, Wendy Stilts, John Fritzon
Phoenix Academy kicks off new school year
The GST BOCES Broad Horizons Academy and Elsmere Program have combined to become the Phoenix Academy. On September 5, all students and staff gathered in the gym to kick-off the school year as a new program. The day was filled with opportunities for students learn more about the Phoenix Academy and the new PBIS school culture. They also met the new mascot, played games, and enjoyed pizza and more fun.
(L-R) Ryan Harrison, Heather McLaughlin, Abe Thomas, Jody Andrus and Jason Emo were recently inducted into the GST BOCES Hall of Fame. Photo by Tom Mike..
Jody Andrus graduated from Alfred-Almond Central School and completed the Cosmetology program at the Wildwood Education Center in 1979.
After graduation, Jody worked at two Hornell salons before opening her own business, Jody's Unisex Hair Design, in 1989. She ran her salon until 1998, when she accepted a position as a Cosmetology teaching assistant at the Steuben-Allegany BOCES (now GST BOCES) Wildwood campus. She still holds this position today and now works on the Coopers campus. For the past three years, she also has served as an advisor for the student SkillsUSA chapter.
Jody is active in her community and helped coordinate fundraising efforts for many local causes, including Relay for Life and Lungs for Leah. She also works with Volunteer Caregiver, providing hair services and visiting with elderly residents in local nursing homes.
Jason Emo graduated from Alfred-Almond Central School in 1990 and completed the Auto Body and Heavy Equipment programs at the Wildwood Education Center during his high school years.
After graduation, Jason began his career with the Town of Hornellsville as an equipment operator. He was able to merge his automotive and heavy equipment knowledge as he used down time to refurbish and maintain the town's aging fleet of equipment. Eventually, he was able to transform old pieces of equipment into a useful and reliable fleet. Jason later became the assistant highway superintendent and, after 20 years working for the town, was elected Town of Hornellsville Highway Superintendent in 2012. In this position, he put in place a system that reduced the town's spending on equipment maintenance by replacing it with debt service on bonding for new equipment. This approach has saved the town a significant amount of money, allowed debt to be almost eliminated and provided new equipment to the town on a regular rotation.
Jason provides internships for current GST BOCES students; he enjoys working side by side with them and serving as a mentor as they develop work skills.
Ryan Harrison completed the Criminal Justice program at the Wildwood Education Center and graduated from Hornell High School in 2005. After graduation, he attended Corning Community College and earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
In 2012, Ryan was sworn in as a full-time police officer for the City of Hornell Police Department. Four years later, he was promoted to sergeant, the position he still holds today. He leads the field training program for new officers and is a certified computerized voice stress analyzer, general instructor and bicycle patrolman. He also has taken additional training in narcotics investigations and interview techniques and recently graduated from the state-certified supervisors school.
Ryan remains involved with the GST BOCES Criminal Justice program by serving as a guest speaker and mock interviewer. He also assists with student performance evaluations.
Heather McLaughlin, a graduate of Corning-Painted Post West High School, attended the Licensed Practical Nurse program at the Coopers Education Center as an adult student while working full-time and raising four young children. After completing the program in 2001, she went on to work as an LPN at Elcor, The Waters of Three Rivers and Pathways, Inc.
Heather attended Corning Community College and earned a nursing degree in 2006. Her career path included jobs at Robert Packer Hospital and then Arnot Ogden Medical Center. While working in Arnot's emergency department, she earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Keuka College and a master's degree in Family Health Nursing from Binghamton University.
After earning these degrees, she returned to Robert Packer Hospital, taking a position as a Nurse Practitioner. She also was a clinical instructor for the Registered Nurse program at Corning Community College. Heather is currently a Nurse Practitioner at the Bath Veterans Administration.
Abe Thomas completed the Auto Body Repair program at the Coopers Education Center and graduated from Corning-Painted Post West High School in 2003. After graduation, he worked as an auto body technician at Loren's Body Shop in Corning. He went on to work at Crane's Towing in Painted Post and Goodrich Auto Works LLC in Bath before joining the Fox Auto Group in Painted Post in 2011.
Abe has worked his way from collision repair technician to his current position of auto body shop manager. He earned the Automotive Service Excellence Technician certification and I-CAR certifications. In addition to his job at Fox, Abe operates his own business, Against the Grain Paint, Body and Sales. He has built a reputation for quality of work in complete restoration, custom paint and body work. Abe has earned several awards for his work, including an award at Daytona Bike Week for a custom motorcycle that he painted.
Abe remains involved with the GST BOCES Auto Body program. He provides internship experiences for students at Fox Auto Group and works with his contacts at area body shops and estimators to secure internship opportunities. He also volunteers his time to share his experiences with BOCES students at events throughout the year.
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.