Coopers Criminal Justice students donate gifts for children
Juniors in the Criminal Justice program at the Coopers Education Center recently donated items that will be used in gift boxes for less fortunate children this holiday season. Students brought in new puzzles, crayons, coloring books, remote controlled cars, stuffed animals, clothing, books and other items that will be distributed by the Hammondsport First United Methodist Church.
"The students decided to help children who may not receive gifts for the holidays," said Assistant Teacher Erin Boyle. "They were excited about this effort and had fun buying items for the gift boxes."
Criminal Justice students learn about the National Guard
Sergeant William Ernest of the Army National Guard visited the Criminal Justice class at the Wildwood Education Center recently. He explained to the students the Guard qualifications and the duties and responsibilities of the Guard. Sgt. Ernest performed various marching methods, line up formations and commands with the students. The highlight of the day was the outdoor physical training activities the class participated in. Students took part in competitions against one another and won prizes including National Guard T-shirts and water bottles.
"The next day, many students were nursing sore muscles," said Criminal Justice Instructor Tim Quinlan. "This was an excellent learning experience for the class."
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.
Alfred State students share culinary skills at Wildwood
Seniors from Alfred State's Bakery, Production and Management program recently visited the Culinary Arts kitchen at the GST BOCES Wildwood Education Center to share their skills with Career and Technical Education students. The Alfred State students guided the CTE students through activities including cookie and cake decoration and preparing bread, cinnamon rolls and pastry cream pie.
"This is a unique teaching and learning opportunity that allows my students to practice and share the wide variety of techniques we use in our program on a daily basis," said Alfred State Instructor Chef Jacob Perry.
Hands-on instruction was the highlight of the visit. In the photo at left, an Alfred State student (right) teaches a CTE student how to make braided bread.
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.
Committee collecting cans and bottles to fund new scholarship
The Student of the Month committee at the Bush Education Center will award a new Student of the Year scholarship at the annual awards ceremony in June. The main fundraising source for this scholarship will be a bottle/can drive. Building Construction students built a receptacle to collect cans and bottles at the entrance to campus. The Digital Media Arts student pictured at left designed the signage for the receptacle. Please consider donating your returnable cans and bottles to the scholarship fund.
The recipient of the new scholarship will be chosen from seniors who were awarded Student of the Month during the school year. Students of the Month are selected based on nomination by staff and criteria for selection includes demonstration of the BOCES Core Values, which are service, leadership, collaboration and integrity.
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.
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."
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.
Nominations for the 2015 GST BOCES Hall of Fame induction will be accepted through January 15, 2015. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize the personal achievements of former GST BOCES students who demonstrate a connection between their BOCES experience and career choice achievements.
Anyone who has successfully completed a Career and Technical Education Program at the GST BOCES Bush, Coopers or Wildwood campuses is eligible for the Hall of Fame. Applicants are eligible after the sixth year following their program completion. Click here for a nomination form.
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