Students work at John W. Jones Museum
Conservation students from the Bush Campus provided site work at the John W. Jones Museum in Elmira recently. They practiced their heavy equipment skills as they filled and graded the soil around a new sidewalk that was installed at the museum.
The museum was once the private residence of John W. Jones and his family. Jones was a former slave who, as an Underground Railroad Station Master, safely assisted nearly 800 slaves' flight to Canada and was responsible for the dignified burial of nearly 3,000 Confederate soldiers.
BOCES Practical Nursing Students Receive Award
Adult Practical Nursing student Stephen Davis accepts an award from Shannon Oakes, prevention coordinator for the Chemung County Office of Mental Hygiene. Davis recently was the captain of a team of BOCES Practical Nursing students who participated in the Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk. With more than 100 members, the team from BOCES was the largest school-based team to participate in the event. According to Oakes, more than 2,200 people participated in this year's walk.
Students and staff honor vets with parade
Veterans Day was commemorated in a special way at the Bush Education Center on November 6. Area veterans and active servicemen and women paraded through the halls of Building 1 as staff and students in the Broad Horizons Academy and Elsmere programs waved flags and thanked them for their service.
Broad Horizons Academy School Social Worker Cathy Pelchar came up with the idea and organized the event. "I have several veterans in my family, so I've grown up with high regard for veterans and those serving in the military," said Pelchar. "I thought that an event like this would be a great opportunity to instill those feelings in our students. I hope that we can do this every year."
After the parade, vets were welcomed by Superintendent Jim Frame at a reception in their honor. "Your visit here today meant a great deal to our students," Frame told the group. "Thank you for taking the time to join us and thank you for your service."
"It was amazing to go down the hall and have so many students reach out to shake my hand," said U.S. Army Veteran Danny Young. "I could feel their appreciation. It is an honor to be here."
Coopers Car Show boasts record numbers
The 9th Annual Coopers Education Center Car Show drew a record number of vehicles this year. More than 180 cars entered for the chance to win 46 trophies that were awarded in several categories. The event also drew more than 250 spectators.
Generous donations from Simmons-Rockwell, Goodrich Auto Works, Elm Chevrolet, Liquidz Autobody Supply, Battery Warehouse, Walmart and Keck's helped make the event possible.
Proceeds from the car show went to the student clubs for the Auto Body, Auto Technology, Culinary Arts and Criminal Justice classes. Digital Media Arts students also had a successful day in providing photo collages for vehicles and assisted by providing signs, registration forms and voting ballots.
Wildwood hosts annual College and Career Day
Thirty-four employer, college and military representatives shared information with students during the annual College and Career Day at the Wildwood Education Center this fall.
The event is an outstanding opportunity for students to interact and ask questions and begin to make plans for post-graduation. "We had 475 students in attendance," said CTE School Counselor Kasi Washburn. "Representatives commented that this was the best College and Career Day, as the students were so involved and helpful and asked great questions."
The event was a collaborative effort, with Digital Media Arts students creating the signs and posters and Culinary Arts assisting with refreshments for the representatives. Criminal Justice students coordinated the floor design, set up, parking, tear down and clean up and assisted representatives with carrying and setting up materials.
First EduTech Expo offers virtual conference day training
The GST EduTech Expo, a virtual conference day training provided by GST BOCES Instructional Support Specialists Matthew Middlebrook, Steve Smith, David Mayotte, Lisa Zimar, Gail Lajoie, John Farr and Cheryl Tice, was held on October 9 for five locations around the GST BOCES region.
Teachers from GST Special Education, CTE and Alternative Education, Campbell-Savona, Watkins Glen and Waverly school districts participated in the event. The purpose of the event was to provide districts with a variety of educational technology training options for teachers on the Superintendent's Conference Day that they could attend from inside their own districts. Districts chose from creating instructional videos, Symbaloo, Hour of Code, Twitter, text-to-speech, WebQuests and Office 365, among others.
Specialists taught the virtual sessions from Bush Campus Building 11 and from an office in Horseheads School District's Educational Support Center. Kelley Batrowny, Assistant Principal for CTE, taught an hour-long session from the Wildwood campus and shared some of her favorite tech tools.
Teachers attended in groups from rooms reserved in their own districts where they could view the online live, flipped and video conference trainings. Some self-guided sessions also were available online.
This type of virtual training was the first of its kind in the region and was created, developed and organized by the instructional support specialists. The goal is to make it a yearly event.
Students present tokens of appreciation to police officers
Students in the GST BOCES Bush Education Center Early Childhood program visited the Elmira Police Department to present police officers with tokens of appreciation for their service in September.
While working on a community service unit, the class chose to recognize the officers, said Instructer Amy Warner. They created Police Survival Kits, which included candy and treats with an explanation for each, such as Life Savers® "To remind you of the many times you've been one."
Warner said that the delivery was scheduled on Blue Ribbon Day, when community members can show support for law enforcement officers by wearing blue ribbons.
Bush Welding class builds carts for Wineglass Marathon
The Bush Campus CTE Welding class helped make setup a little easier for Corning's 34th Annual Wineglass Marathon in October. Students constructed heavy-duty steel carts to transport the barricades that are placed along the race route.
Wineglass Marathon Race Co-Director Sheila Sutton knew that GST BOCES was the place to call when she was searching for the carts. "The Welding students were able to custom build the carts to our specifications, which was ideal," said Sutton. "These will be used in setting up and tearing down the Wineglass route for years to come."
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.
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