Professional storyteller demonstrates how to engage young children in literacy
Students in Amy Warner's Early Childhood class learned how to make reading fun, thanks to a recent visit from professional storyteller Kelly Sidari. Sidari demonstrated how to read books with enthusiasm in this interactive workshop that combined music, movement, props and more to make children's books come alive.
"It's always the favorite unit of my program," said Warner. "When I start my storytelling unit, the students are really apprehensive about it because it requires that each student perform and speak as a storyteller to the rest of the class. But after Kelly's visit, the students gain confidence and flourish with their own storytelling abilities."
In this photo, Sidari has on her mean face to show what dinosaurs do when they're angry, after reading How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.
"We're always telling young children to sit still and be quiet, but I'm telling you the exact opposite," said Sidari. "Learn how to engage them by reading with animation, with voices, with action, with props, with physical action and song."
Early Childhood is a two-year CTE program that prepares students for careers that involve working with children. Upon completion of this program, students are prepared to seek employment as a nanny, in public and private daycare centers and in agencies serving the disabled. Students also will be well-prepared to continue their education in early childhood education or elementary education, or to establish their own home or family daycare program.
Elmira Jackals fall to the Elsmere Eagles…again
In a close, action-packed game of indoor stick hockey on March 19, the Elsmere Eagles Special Olympics floor hockey team defeated the Elmira Jackals ice hockey team by a score of 11 to 8.
The Elsmere Eagles team is made up of high school students who attend the Elsmere Program at the GST BOCES Bush Campus. Approximately 100 spectators watched the game in the Building #1 gym.
The Eagles took a solid early lead of 8-2, but then the Jackals regrouped and came back strong. By the time the final buzzer rang, the Eagles nailed it, winning 11 to 8.
Elsmere Eagles Coach Lisa Bryant said the BOCES students look forward to this game all year long. That motivation gives them academic and behavioral incentives in order to qualify to compete.
"It's exciting to play a game with professional athletes," said one Elsmere Eagle. "I scored a hat trick against Jackals player number five, Nik Pokulok!"
"This experience gives students the opportunity to utilize the skills they've learned throughout the school year," said Bryant. "It's a memorable experience for both teams." Bryant teaches in the Elsmere Program, which serves students with developmental disabilities from BOCES component school districts. The students are exposed to a variety of experiences that provide them with the skills to maximize their potential. These skills include: independent living skills, social skills, adaptive behavior skills, pre-vocational and vocational skills, pre-employment and employment skills.
Students interview with potential employers on Auto Employers' Day
Students enrolled in Auto Body Repair and Automotive Technology at the Bush Campus recently had the opportunity to interview for possible jobs with area employers, right in their classrooms. In this photo, a representative from Tryon Auto Sales in Waverly interviews a student enrolled in Dan McNaughton's Auto Tech class.
"It was thrilling to meet people who are professionals at doing their jobs," said the student in this photo. "I'm very thankful that these busy employers took time to interview us. I was nervous doing the interviews, as it was my first time. But as I approached each person, I got better at it. At the end of the day, I felt confident that I'd be able to do a real interview."
More than a dozen local employers in the automotive industry donated their time to conduct the interviews. One of them was Lynn Theetge from Elm Chevrolet.
"People don't realize the extensive training that's needed to work as an auto tech," said Theetge. "BOCES provides a great start. Many of the auto techs we hire have a two-year degree from Alfred State, for example. But then we still need to send them to get even more training and certifications to become a master mechanic."
Automotive Technology is a popular CTE program offered to high school students on all three GST BOCES campuses. Students learn every aspect of auto repair, from periodic maintenance service to total engine replacement. Students work with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in classroom garages comparable to any modern auto repair business.
Students in Heavy Equipment class get state approved stormwater training
Coopers Education Center Heavy Equipment students received Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Stormwater Phase II Training alongside DEC operations staff from across the region in February.
The training provided information on preventing soil erosion and keeping sediments in place, while not increasing the amount of water flow such as storm run-off on construction sites. Participants earned certification that is mandated in order to meet permit requirements for work that involves the disturbance of soils totaling one acre or more. According to Heavy Equipment Instructor John Dlugos, having this certification increases students' marketability when seeking a job.
The training was provided by Jessica Verrigni, Stormwater Technician from the Chemung County Stormwater Coalition, and Jeff Parker, District Manager of the Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District. In this photo, Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Jeff Parker (standing) discusses training materials with Heavy Equipment students.
The CTE Heavy Equipment program is offered only at the Wildwood and Coopers campuses. Students enrolled in this two-year program learn the operation, maintenance and repair of heavy equipment. Upon completion, students are adaptable to a wide variety of careers in the construction industry. The program offers a combination of theory, academic integration, technical skills, hands-on instruction and field project experiences.
Conservation students process wood for FFA fundraiser
High school students in the Conservation program are learning how to safely split firewood using a professional wood processor. In this photo, two students are operating the machine that splits the wood and cuts it into 16 inch lengths. The FFA club, of which all Conservation students are members, bought mixed hardwood logs from a local logger, and are now processing it into cords to sell as firewood as a fundraiser.
Conservation students learn about forestry, including management of wooded land, tree identification, safe chainsaw operation and much more. Forestry is just one aspect of what students learn in this two-year program. Students also learn about:
• Aquaculture & Fish Hatching
• Wildlife and Farming
• Land, Soil & Water Conservation
• Horticulture, Hydroponics & Landscaping
• Surveying & Earth Moving
• Operation/Repair of Bulldozers, Backhoes, Dump Trucks & Other Heavy Equipment.
Conservation is a popular CTE program offered only at the Bush campus. Three instructors -- Matt Bryant, Fred Kelly and Don MacNaughton -- are teaching a total of 82 students this year. Traditionally, this is a male-dominated field, but this year seven students are female. Students get classroom instruction, as well as outdoor hands-on training, and belong to FFA, which offers opportunities for local, regional and national skill-building, competition and scholarships.
Wildwood campus students work on crime scene documentation
Criminal Justice seniors in Tim Quinlan's class at the Wildwood Campus are working as a group to document a crime scene. Students have been taught the proper collection, preservation and analysis of evidence. Emphasis is placed on chain of custody documentation and its importance in providing testimony in court.
"This year's senior class is an enthusiastic group who really enjoy the hands-on activities," said Quinlan, who has been teaching this class for 14 years. Visit his class website here.
Criminal Justice is a popular Career and Technical Education program offered at all three GST BOCES campuses. This program gives students hands-on instruction in the field of criminal justice. Students patrol the campuses and investigate mock crime scenes. They participate in role plays, field trips, group projects and disaster drills to learn law and crisis intervention skills in an informative, educational and interactive way. Job possibilities after completing this two-year high school program include security officer, dispatcher, police or corrections officer, attorney or paralegal, just to name a few. With additional experience, education or training, career opportunities expand to include a polygraph examiner, police investigator, private investigator, military police officer, immigrations or customs inspector, probation or parole officer or a federal agent.
Career and Tech Ed students get interviews with potential employers
Approximately 150 Bush Campus CTE students interviewed with dozens of area employers on April 9 as part of the annual Spring Employers Day.
In this photo, a student from Ted Kellogg's New Visions Innovation, Leadership and Business class is interviewing with a representative from Synthes, an international company that makes biomedical products such as prosthetics for the surgical correction and regeneration of the human skeleton.
"I asked the employers to be very honest and to not sugar-coat the job market with my students," said Mr. Kellogg. "I also encouraged them to give my students feedback on their interviewing skills, plus explain the job market to them. I want them to go into college and the job market knowing the positives as well as the negatives. Students need to know what they have done well and what can be improved upon, so that a solid foundation is built for them to be successful."
Spring Employers Day welcomed more than 50 area employers to the Bush Campus. These employers ranged from area business owners to human resource personnel from large international corporations such as Synthes. Employers were matched with CTE students who are being trained in their specific field. For example, Audio Media Design students were interviewed by Rich LaVere of LaVere Media and Culinary Arts students were interviewed by the head chefs from Woodbrook Nursing Home and Tioga Downs Casino. Representatives from the local hiring agencies also included law enforcement personnel, who interviewed Criminal Justice students.
Adult Education showcases programs at Expo in Watkins Glen
Deb Harrington (left), adult training and development specialist, and Kate Bradley, adult education coordinator, represented GST BOCES Adult Education and Career Services at a Business Expo held April 16 at the Watkins Glen International Racetrack Media Center.
"The Business Expo is a great way to show off what the Adult Education programs at GST BOCES can offer to the community," said Deb Harrington. "During the event, we were able to place adult students into job openings throughout the area while helping others to apply to our training programs."
Adult Ed catalogs were given out, as well as pencils, business cards, brochures and schedules. In addition, several adult students from the Cosmetology class gave free manicures as an opportunity to talk to people about the benefits of enrolling in that program.
The Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce hosted this eighth annual Business Expo for approximately 50 participating businesses, banks, human service agencies and other organizations. The goal was to meet people visiting vendor exhibits, and network with area business professionals. Other education agencies there included Elmira College, EBI, CCC and Keuka College. Most area banks and credit unions were also represented. Other vendors included wineries and businesses that cater to tourists and residents in the Schuyler County area.
Beginning in August 2014, GST BOCES Adult Education and Career Services will offer specialized career training programs to recent high school graduates. Right after graduation, students can develop a marketable skill by enrolling in a short-term career training. These programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of local employers. Participants will be prepared to enter the workforce in their chosen field after successfully completing one of these courses.
Options include Commercial Driver's License (Class A or B), Cosmetology, Electricity, Healthcare Career Pathway, Industrial Manufacturing, Practical Nursing, Office Support Specialist, Precision Machining and Welding. All other adult career training programs are open to recent graduates as well. Each program will train participants in job readiness skills such as résumé building, job search support and employment preparation. Programs range in price from $1,250 to $12,000 and many students will qualify for financial assistance. For those who do not qualify, payment plans are available.
To learn more about these courses and our other career training options, please call 739-7905 and ask to speak with one of our vocational specialists. Pre-admission testing is required for all courses. For a program brochure and application, click here.
Adult Cosmetology on the Bush Campus in Building #12 offers low-cost services to the public on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4-9 p.m. Men's clipper cuts are $7, pedicures start at $12, and color with foil highlights are $40 and up, excluding the cost of the haircut. For details, click here.
Adult Cosmetology is an evening Adult Education and Training program that gives 1,000 hours of NYS approved training that prepares graduates for state licensing as a barber or hairstylist.
- Esthetics, starts April 7 at the Bush Campus in Horseheads. Financing is available!
- Electricity Program, starts April 21 at the Bush Campus in Elmira.
- Cosmetology, starts April 22 at the Wildwood Campus in Hornell. Financing is available!
For more information or to register, please call (607) 739-7905, 281-3161 or 1-877-ADULTED, or click here.