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  • Bush Building 1 gets Solar Panels courtesy of GST BOCES Energy Conservation Project

    Work on the GST BOCES energy conservation project continued with the recent installation of three solar panels on the roof of Building 1 on the Bush Campus.

    According to Scott Sponholz, a construction manager from Johnson Controls, the solar panels will preheat the water used in the building's domestic hot water system. On sunny days, the panels should supply all of the hot water needs in the building.

    The energy conservation project began in June and has impacted all three campuses. Work has included weather stripping windows and doors, upgrading building insulation, lighting retrofits and the installation of solar film on all windows to block out excess heat. In addition, buildings on all three campuses have been converted to an automatic temperature control system and exterior lighting on the Coopers Campus has been replaced with LED lighting. At the Bush Campus, outdated heat pumps in buildings 1, 4 and 12 have been replaced with more efficient units.

    Construction and installation will be complete by the end of October, Sponholz said. Johnson Controls will then monitor the efficiency of the new system and make necessary adjustments through December.

  • CDC Leadership Institute

    Selected juniors and seniors from eleven area school districts spent four days of their summer vacation developing effective leadership skills during the Career Development Council's Youth Leadership Institute. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn about and apply successful leadership skills, develop a network of relationships with peers from schools across the region and understand the importance of community service.

    Students worked in teams on two presentations. The first project required team members to identify an issue that students face in school, such as bullying and discrimination. Students discussed the importance and impact of the issue, presented research and facts and proposed a possible solution to the issue. Teams shared their presentations with several groups of community representatives for discussion and feedback. For the second presentation, teams researched opportunities for community service, selected an agency for which they had or wished to volunteer and shared information about that agency with their peers.

    The institute also featured visitors from local businesses and agencies, who shared their experiences as leaders and covered topics including communications and problem solving, discovering personal strengths, conflict resolution, stress management and community involvement.

    "We saw 24 students start out day one as strangers. Through group encouragement, trust building and teamwork, they emerged on day four with more confidence in their own strengths and abilities and respect for each other as well," said Career Education Resource Specialist Lee Saginario. "On the final day, they spoke to the audience about their experiences with each other with sincere admiration and gratitude. I think that was one of the best lessons learned."

    The Youth Leadership Institute program is generously sponsored by several local businesses: Cameron Manufacturing & Design, Chemung ARC, Cooper, Pautz & Weiermiller, Corning Federal Credit Union, Corning Incorporated, DeMets Candy Company, Elmira Business Institute, Jubilee Foods, Tops Markets, Wegmans and a generous grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Elmira, Corning & the Finger Lakes.

  • College Information Day held at Bush Education Center

    Career and Technical Education students had the opportunity to gain valuable information for their future at the College Information Day hosted on the Bush campus on October 21.

    Twenty representatives from colleges, military branches and financial institutions participated in the event, which was set up in a college fair format.

    "Having an event on our campus featuring colleges offering programs that are aligned with our CTE programs adds a personal touch and gives students more incentive to meet with them," said GST BOCES Work Experience Coordinator Carolyn Connelly.

    In this photo, two Criminal Justice students discuss their college options with a representative from Mansfield University.

  • Wildwood students help set up Field of Honor

    Building Construction students from the Wildwood Education Center braved the wintery weather to help set up American flags in the Field of Honor, located in front of Steuben Trust Company in Hornell. The patriotic display, which honors local veterans and service men and women, consists of hundreds of flags on 8-foot poles and runs from November 8-12. The event is hosted by St. Ann's Academy.

    The Healing Field National Foundation was established in 2002 to honor the lives of those lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Since that time, communities across the country have participated in similar flag events. The Hornell Veterans Day Field of Honor pays tribute to local members of the armed forces (past and present) and also recognizes men and women in the community who devote their lives to serving others.

  • GST BOCES students place at national competition

    Six students from the GST BOCES New Visions Health Careers Exploration program at the Bush Education Center traveled to Orlando, FL in June to compete at the HOSA: Future Health Professionals 37th Annual National Leadership Conference. More than 8,000 students from across the United States and Puerto Rico attended the conference and competed in contests related to healthcare careers.

    A GST BOCES student placed third in Extemporaneous Medical Writing and a two-student team placed eighth in the Public Health competition.

    "All of our students did an outstanding job at nationals, and to have three students place in the top 10 nationally was exciting," said New Visions Instructor Beth Woodard. "This conference provides amazing opportunities for students to showcase their skills, attend workshops about current healthcare issues and meet other students from across the nation."

  • Criminal Justice students participate in mock plane crash activity

    Juniors and seniors in the Bush Education Center Criminal Justice program recently participated in a mock plane crash and missing person search on the campus. Three seniors in the program designed the reality-based training scenario and worked with National Soaring Museum staff to secure the loan of an actual soar plane, which was transported by the museum and placed in the woods behind Buildings 3 and 12 on the Bush campus.

    Ten Criminal Justice alumni assisted in the activity by acting as the pilot of the plane and other injured bystanders who participants encountered. Students had the opportunity to practice the skills they’ve learned as they conducted a grid search for a missing pilot and came across a victim of a bear attack and someone who was struck by the descending soar plane, among other medical situations. The three students created the scenario as part of their emergency management coursework. All Criminal Justice students complete online emergency management training through FEMA and Red Cross first aid/CPR/AED certification.

    Pictured are two students who established a perimeter around the crash site during the simulation.

  • Culinary instructor teaches healthy cooking to medical students

    Culinary Arts Instructor Karen Mecum will serve as a guest chef during Arnot Health's new Healthy Kitchen project, which will provide medical students with hands-on cooking experiences that they can use to help patients develop healthier eating habits. Mecum will be assisted by some of her current students as she demonstrates how to prepare pasta and sauce using four different recipes, beginning with traditional spaghetti with meat sauce. Each subsequent variation substitutes ingredients to cut calories and fat.

    According to Dr. Beth Dollinger, who was instrumental in bringing Healthy Kitchen to this area, Arnot Ogden Medical Center is the only small hospital in the country to offer the program. Fifteen medical students from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine are the first participants. Economic Opportunity Program (EOP) in Elmira is partnering in the program by providing kitchen space for cooking instruction.

    "Healthy Kitchens will focus on the critical connection between nutrition and health," said Mecum. "I am excited about the opportunity to teach medical students simple ways to make healthier meals that they can then pass on to their patients."

    Photo caption: Culinary Arts Instructor Karen Mecum visits the EOP kitchen with Arnot Health President and CEO Dr. Robert Lambert.

  • Nurse Assisting students help out in the Culinary kitchen

    Nurse Assisting students at the Coopers Education Center donned aprons and headed to the kitchen to help their fellow students recently. The class pitched in to help assemble 80 pizzas for a joint fundraiser to benefit the Culinary Arts and Criminal Justice classes. "My students stepped right in and did an amazing job," said Nurse Assisting Instructor Tammy Divens. "They demonstrated teamwork and made me proud."

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459 Philo Road, Elmira, NY 14903
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9579 Vocational Drive, Painted Post, NY 14870
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Adult Ed. offers computerized High School Equivalency exam

GST BOCES Adult Education and Career Services is one of only 13 sites in New York State that now offers the High School Equivalency (HSE) exam in a computer-based format. Adult Ed. was selected by the NYS Department of Education to pilot the computer-based version of the test. "We are recognized as a strong adult education program and the state often relies on us to pilot new initiatives," said Adult Literacy Coordinator Nicole Elston.

In January 2014, New York began using the Test Assessing Secondary Completion™, or TASC exam, in place of the GED® test as the path to a HSE diploma. The TASC exam can be taken in either a pencil-paper or computer-based format. GST BOCES Adult Ed. offers participants the option to take the pencil-paper or computerized version on the Bush Campus in Elmira. The paper-pencil version is also administered at Haverling High School in Bath. Tests are scheduled quarterly, based on need, and prep courses are provided by Adult Ed.

The transition to the computer-based TASC exam at GST BOCES required collaboration between the Adult Education program and GST BOCES Computer Services, along with the NYS Department of Education and vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill. GST BOCES Computer Services set up the system on campus and provides on-going support of the program.

According to Elston, 26 students have taken the computer-based test since March. "All who have taken the test on a computer have noted the ease of the process, that it is a more relaxed atmosphere and they are finished in less time," said Elston. The paper-pencil version of the test takes approximately nine to ten hours during two days, while the average time to complete the computer-based version is around six to seven hours, she said.

Although the new format is still in the pilot stage, GST BOCES Administrator of Adult Education Tim Driscoll believes that the demand for it will increase in the future. "During the next three years, our plan is to gear up to offer more computer-based and fewer pencil-paper tests," he said. "We want to make this option readily accessible to our students."

For more information on the TASC exam and prep courses, call GST BOCES Adult Education and Career Services at 607-739-7684 or 1-877-ADULTED.

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