Five students graduate from CNC Hybrid Machinist Program
Five adult students who have successfully completed a new CNC Hybrid Machinist training program were honored at a recent graduation ceremony and luncheon held at the Horseheads Holiday Inn.
The CNC Hybrid Machinist Program 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 pilot program offered an enhanced machining program to adult students in the area that included 440 hours of classroom instruction at GST BOCES and 280 hours of hands-on experience at local businesses. Participating businesses included IDM, SEPAC, Emhart Glass and Tobeyco Manufacturing.
WDI covered the cost for businesses to provide work experiences for students.
Graduates of the program were Thomas Clark, Christopher Kinner, Jared Schreiber, Michael Stewart and Ryan Swank. All five have been hired or offered positions with local employers.
Caption: Senator Tom O'Mara congratulates graduate Thomas Clark.
Students provide day to remember for fellow student
Staff and students in the Coopers Cosmetology and Digital Media Arts classes recently worked together to provide a special day for a student in the work study transition program. Upon learning that the student had not had a prom experience before, the Cosmetology students decided to give her a mini-makeover that included hair styling and makeup. Next, Digital Media Arts students staged a photo shoot for the student, complete with seven wardrobe changes made possible with prom dresses borrowed from the Elsmere program.
The student shared that it was a day she will never forget and she truly felt like a queen. "It was heartwarming to see so many students take part in this effort," said Teaching Assistant Patty Mortimer. "The students were amazing and went above and beyond to touch the heart of a fellow student."
Students assist DEC with fish stocking
GST BOCES students from the Coopers campus Heavy Equipment class assisted the Department of Environmental Conservation's fish and wildlife department in releasing 2,750 yearlings and 300 two-year-old brown trout into the Meads Creek this spring. This event has taken place since the 1970s, according to Instructor Dave Hamilton. "It's a great experience for our student and gives them the opportunity to participate in a community service project," said Hamilton. "We are grateful to the DEC for allowing us to participate and the students truly enjoy it."
Students plan a shopping trip to practice life skills
Students in the Broad Horizons program at the GST BOCES Bush Education Center recently got real life practice of the skills they learned in their transition, career and English classes.
Students planned a shopping trip to Wegmans using the CTRAN system for transportation. In preparation for the trip, they had to read informational brochures and use the website to identify the schedule, routes and cost and then compare and contrast that information to select the best route to take.
After selecting their transportation, the students created a shopping list of the items they needed to prepare for the Roman-themed buffet that they were serving after their performance of The 10 Minute or So Julius Caesar, a play based on Shakespeare's work.
"It is important for students to learn the procedure for riding a public bus as they gain transitioning and independent living skills," said teacher Susan Wales. "We are very fortunate to have the support of so many to make this field trip a successful learning experience, including the GST BOCES administration and special education staff."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.