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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
Third class of students joins VP-TECH at Herkimer BOCES
June 5, 2017




VP-TECH Principal Brittany DerCola on stage with the third class of VP-TECH students
Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School Principal Brittany DerCola officially announces the third class of VP-TECH students during the VP-TECH Convocation on Thursday, June 1, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.



HERKIMER – The Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES officially welcomed 27 new students on Thursday, June 1, as the third VP-TECH class.

VP-TECH sophomore Brooke Newtown, of Central Valley, who will finish the school year with 18 college credits and is expected to complete VP-TECH including her associate degree from Herkimer College in a total of 4.5 years, spoke to the new students during the VP-TECH Convocation.

Brooke told the students that VP-TECH provides the chance to work hard and participate in team-building activities and group challenges. She advised students to always work hard but also take time to enjoy the experience because the years will go by fast.

She also congratulated the students for being accepted into VP-TECH based on their academics and personal characteristics.

“I hope you make the best of this amazing opportunity,” she said. “Thank you and congratulations.”

VP-TECH launched at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year with ninth-graders from Herkimer BOCES component school districts. A second class of students joined for the current 2016-17 school year.

This year’s VP-TECH Convocation recognized current eighth-graders who make up the third class that will be starting as ninth-graders in the 2017-18 school year with a bridge program this summer, before attending VP-TECH at Herkimer BOCES in the fall. Students had to go through an application process to be accepted into VP-TECH.

VP-TECH students spend four to six years in the program – leaving it with a Regents diploma, an associate degree in quality assurance from Herkimer College, a certification in advanced manufacturing and connections with local businesses.

New students

The following is a list of students in the third class of VP-TECH from each school district that is sending new students for the 2017-18 school year:

Mount Markham:
  • Dominic Case
Poland:
  • Calvin Jantz
  • Ryan Tichenor
West Canada Valley:
  • Trenton Dedicke
  • Connar Dibble
  • Joseph Reed
Herkimer:
  • Aurora Burdick
Frankfort-Schuyler:
  • Jessica Bennett
  • Aleksandr Kurganov
Richfield Springs:
  • Jackson Diliberto
  • Darren Panko
Central Valley:
  • Alyssa Bregard
  • Brady Colburn
  • Jordan Corsette
  • Keri Delaney
  • Bryan Eaton
  • Caleb Meyers
  • Jack Murphy
  • Reid Pratt
  • Zoe Randall
  • Daniel Schell
  • Logan Smith
Dolgeville:
  • Holly Allen
  • Andrew Doolittle
  • Autumn Heckwolf
  • Cailyn McCauley
  • Levi Richardson
Convocation

At the VP-TECH Convocation, Herkimer BOCES Board of Education Vice President Thomas Shypski welcomed students and their families to the event, and Herkimer BOCES Chief Operating Officer James Picolla providing opening remarks.

“The experience they have here will be unlike anything they’ve done before,” Picolla said. “We believe they will be better citizens because of it.”

VP-TECH Principal Brittany DerCola spoke about VP-TECH having a different appearance and learning environment than most school classrooms.

“It looks very different,” she said. “It’s a risk to decide to do this as an eighth-grader.”

DerCola congratulated students for taking that risk and said she believes it will pay off.

“We have a lot of fun here, but we work really hard,” she said.

DerCola then introduced VP-TECH faculty and said they are great teachers who are supportive and do everything they can to help students succeed.

Herkimer College Provost Michael Oriolo was the guest speaker for the Convocation and talked about how students will be able to take college courses and earn a college degree while in VP-TECH.

“What a great opportunity for you,” he said.

The new VP-TECH students have already shown that they can be successful by making it through the selection process to be accepted into VP-TECH, Oriolo said.

“That in itself is a great accomplishment,” he said, “and I congratulate you.”

Oriolo also talked about how VP-TECH students have taken the initiative to step out of the comfort zone of their home school districts.

“Embrace that experience,” he said. “Take control of your education, and start thinking of yourself as a scholar.”

Student comments

All of the new VP-TECH students submitted comments about why they wanted to join the school:

Dominic Case, of Mount Markham:
“I have a very good understanding of math, science and technology, and am very interested in engineering.”

Calvin Jantz, of Poland:
“I would love the opportunity to learn more about technology and math. In the future, I wish to develop a career in programming or in business.”

Ryan Tichenor, of Poland:
“I am very good with hands-on projects, and my future goal is to have a career in technology.”

Trenton Dedicke, of West Canada Valley:
“After I graduate VP-TECH, I would like to start a career in engineering.”

Connar Dibble, of West Canada Valley:
“My main goal is to be successful in the technology field. I think I would like to do something with video games.”

Joseph Reed, of West Canada Valley:
“I can’t wait to start VP-TECH to begin learning more about STEM.”

Aurora Burdick, of Herkimer:
“I feel that VP-TECH is an appropriate path for me because I would like a career in the STEM field.”

Jessica Bennett, of Frankfort-Schuyler:
“I feel that VP-TECH is a great choice for me because I am creative and I like working in groups and sharing ideas.”

Aleksandr Kurganov, of Frankfort-Schuyler:
“I have a good understanding of math, science and technology, and I enjoy working in groups.”

Jackson Diliberto, of Richfield Springs:
“By studying STEM through VP-TECH, it will prepare me for a career in environmental science.”

Darren Panko, of Richfield Springs:
“VP-TECH will help me to pursue my future career in mechanical engineering.”

Alyssa Bregard, of Central Valley:
“I think that VP-TECH is the right path for me because I prefer hands-on activities.”

Brady Colburn, of Central Valley:
“This program will help me decide on a future career and help provide me with the skills I need to be successful in the workforce.”

Jordan Corsette, of Central Valley:
“I want to be a part of VP-TECH because I like working in groups and using computers.”

Keri Delaney, of Central Valley:
“Learning new and different things is very interesting to me. This program will help me take my learning to more of an advanced level.”

Bryan Eaton, of Central Valley:
“I’m interested in technology and history, and I enjoy learning how to modify and fix computers.”

Caleb Meyers, of Central Valley:
“After VP-TECH, I would like to become a computer engineer or programmer.”

Jack Murphy, of Central Valley:
“I have always wanted to pursue a career in the technology field and working with computers.”

Reid Pratt, of Central Valley:
“I would like to attend VP-TECH to better my chances of getting a great education and to attend college with classmates who are working toward the same goal.”

Zoe Randall, of Central Valley:
“I am very interested in the different learning environment that VP-TECH offers and being able to work in groups on projects.”

Daniel Schell, of Central Valley:
“My goal for VP-TECH is to help me be more successful in achieving my career goal of being a design or locomotive engineer.”

Logan Smith, of Central Valley:
“I would like to be in VP-TECH because I am interested in learning more about STEM.”

Holly Allen, of Dolgeville:
“I feel that VP-TECH is an appropriate path for me because I like challenges and I will get to experience different things.”

Andrew Doolittle, of Dolgeville:
“I believe that VP-TECH will help me broaden my understanding of STEM related fields.”

Autumn Heckwolf, of Dolgeville:
“I would like to go to VP-TECH to pursue a career in engineering because I like building things.”

Cailyn McCauley, of Dolgeville:
“I want to be a part of VP-TECH because I am more of a hands-on student. I think this program will help me to pursue a career in technology.”

Levi Richardson, of Dolgeville:
“I would like to be a part of VP-TECH because I would like to work in nanotechnology or biomechanics.”

 

The third class of VP-TECH students on stage at the convocation
The third class of Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students sits on stage at the end of the VP-TECH Convocation on Thursday, June 1, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.


Current VP-TECH student talks on stage
Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School sophomore Brooke Newtown, speaks to new VP-TECH students during the VP-TECH Convocation on Thursday, June 1, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.


Current VP-TECH student talks on stage
Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School sophomore Brooke Newtown, speaks to new VP-TECH students during the VP-TECH Convocation on Thursday, June 1, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.


VP-TECH Principal Brittany DerCola
Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School Principal Brittany DerCola speaks to new VP-TECH students during the VP-TECH Convocation on Thursday, June 1, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.



Herkimer College provost talking on stage
Herkimer College Provost Michael Oriolo speaks to new Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students during the VP-TECH Convocation on Thursday, June 1, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.


New VP-TECH students and their families watch and listen to speech from Herkimer College provost
Students in the third class of Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School and their families watch as Herkimer College Provost Michael Oriolo speaks at the VP-TECH Convocation on Thursday, June 1, at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.








 
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