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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!
Event showcases Herkimer BOCES programs,
aims to inspire further career education

July 18, 2017




Cushman talking to local school officials
Giotto Enterprises Vice President of Marketing Mark Cushman gives a keynote speech titled “The Importance of Career Education for Every Student” during the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Showcase and Career Education event on Monday, July 17, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex. The event was the first of a Herkimer BOCES series of events called “Educating the Whole Child.”



HERKIMER – During one of the keynote speeches at the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Showcase and Career Education event, Giotto Enterprises Vice President of Marketing Mark Cushman talked about the importance of teaching students soft skills.

Cushman said he can usually tell if job candidates are people the company is going to hire if they go up and introduce themselves, shake hands and dress appropriately.

“They are a living resume,” he said.

Co-sponsored by School To Careers and the Herkimer County Counselors Association, the Herkimer BOCES Showcase and Career Education event took place on Monday, July 17, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex. The event was the first of a Herkimer BOCES series of events called “Educating the Whole Child.”

The day’s program was for Herkimer BOCES component school district teams consisting of superintendents, middle-school and high-school principals, school counselors and Committees on Special Education chairpersons.

The goal of the event was to generate enthusiasm for career education and empower schools for implementation.

Cushman gave a keynote speech titled “The Importance of Career Education for Every Student,” and Dr. Robert Rotunda, executive director of the New York State School Counselor Association gave a keynote speech titled “How to Implement Career Education.”

Representatives from Herkimer BOCES career and technical education, special programs, Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School and School To Careers presented about their programs during the showcase portion of the day.

Career and Technical Education Principal Kathy Fox talked about the 13 CTE programs at Herkimer BOCES, how academics are integrated into the classes, college credits students can earn through some of the programs, college articulation agreements, work-based learning hours, CTE certifications, the CTE program approval process and more.

Supervisor of Special Education Nancy Burke explained aspects of the career preparation class such as learning life skills and doing presentations and of the career awareness class such as working at local businesses and community organizations.

VP-TECH Principal Brittany DerCola discussed what VP-TECH is, the recruitment process, what makes a successful VP-TECH student, the mentoring aspect of VP-TECH, the technology and classrooms students use, supports in place for struggling students and more.

School To Careers liaison and work-based learning coordinator MaryBeth Napolitano and STC educational specialist Janelle D’Aoust talked about the progress STC has made since starting in the 2014-15 school year and about the various programs now offered.

“We went to all of you and said: ‘What can we do to help you? What can we do to assist you?’” Napolitano said. “That’s how we continue to evolve and grow.”

Napolitano and D’Aoust also shared some of the highlights of the recently completed 2016-17 school year.

“It’s been an incredible, uplifting year,” Napolitano said.

At the end of the STC presentation, STC Director Dr. Christopher Groves, whose Ph.D. has a focus on rural education, further emphasized that STC has been responsive to the needs of the school districts.

“We’re continuing to evolve with each request,” he said.

At the end of the event, there also was time for breakout sessions for district work groups. During this time, districts worked on career planning, STC personnel worked with the school district teams, and VP-TECH, CTE and special programs personnel were available for questions.

During Rotunda’s speech about implementing career education, he joked that he didn’t even need to give his presentation because Herkimer BOCES has so many great programs in place that were highlighted during the showcase.

“I was very impressed,” he said.

Rotunda went on to discuss comprehensive school counseling/guidance programs, curriculum mapping, the need to talk to students about careers at a younger age, mindsets and behaviors that lead to student success, implementation challenges and more.

“When you’re talking about comprehensive school counseling, you’re talking about the whole kid,” he said.

Cushman also talked during his speech about the theme for the event – saying how it’s important for schools and businesses to work together to fully prepare students.

“Our real purpose is to train and educate the entire child,” he said.

Cushman used a Jeopardy-style game to emphasize his points about soft skills, passion and being a challenger. Cushman said having soft skills doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have an outgoing personality. It’s also just about being aware and able to engage with the people at the company, he said.

“It’s having an intuitive understanding that business is about people,” he said.




Rotunda talks to local school officials
Dr. Robert Rotunda, executive director of the New York State School Counselor Association, gives a keynote speech titled “How to Implement Career Education” during the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Showcase and Career Education event on Monday, July 17, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex. The event was the first of a Herkimer BOCES series of events called “Educating the Whole Child.”



Local school officials listen to Rotunda


Cushman speaks to local school officials


School officials hear from Mark Cushman








 
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