Wildwood B and E students restore boats for display
The Wildwood Career Beginnings and Exploration (B and E) program is currently working with the Finger Lakes Boating Museum (FLBM) in Hammondsport on a special project. The class is helping to restore two boats from FLBM, including a complete restoration of a 12-foot Ben Reno boat that was originally built in the 1930s on Keuka Lake. The second boat is a 12-foot Pilgrim that also was built on Keuka Lake in the 1930s.
Upon completion, the boats will be put on display in Geneva, NY at the new visitors center on Seneca Lake, which has been called a "state-of-the-art Finger Lakes tourism hub" by Governor Cuomo. In addition to the students learning the skills of boat restoration, they also are learning how to safely operate the tools and equipment that is utilized in the Building Construction program. The students have taken great pride in putting forth the effort to complete professional boat restorations that will be displayed as part of the state-wide effort to boost tourism and the local economy in the Finger Lakes Region.
Elsmere Eagles defeat EC hockey team
On March 1, the Elsmere Eagles floor hockey team defeated the Elmira College men’s varsity ice hockey team 9 to 4 in their annual face-off. Elsmere is undefeated against EC.
Cosmetology classes attend International Beauty Show
Twenty students from the Wildwood and Coopers Cosmetology programs traveled to New York City to experience the International Beauty Show on March 3 and 4. During the visit, the group had the opportunity to observe a behind-the-scenes Broadway makeup class taught by a Broadway makeup artist. While at the International Beauty Show, students got to experience hands-on demonstrations with tools and products, as well as watch famous artists from the Cosmetology industry.
Eagles take bronze at Special Olympics
The Elsmere Eagles floor hockey team competed in the New York State Special Olympics Winter Games in Rochester February 23-25. The Eagles competed with 26 other teams from across the state and earned a bronze medal. Team members are enrolled in the Elsmere Program at the Bush Education Center.
According to Coach Frank Speciale, the team played exceptionally well as the captains led their team to a third place finish in their division.
In addition, the team has received an invitation to participate in the New York State Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Floor Hockey Competition at the Javits Center in New York City hosted by ESPN in December.
Animal Science program expanding
The Animal Science program at the Bush Education Center will soon offer new learning opportunities for students. In April, two alpacas, 12 chickens and four hives of bees will take up residence on the campus.
"We are fortunate to have 200 acres of land here, and want to use some of that to give students a more rounded and diverse experience in the Animal Science program," said Instructor Ron Hess.
Animal Science students will care for the alpacas and study the improvement of fiber through genetic breeding. In preparation for the new arrivals, students have visited Hidden Alpaca Farm in Breesport to learn about alpaca care and how to conduct health checks on the animals.
Conservation students are working with Operations and Maintenance to build a pole barn behind Building 3 that will house the alpacas and fencing has been installed for an outdoor enclosure. Welding students assisted by fabricating metal brackets.
A shed behind Building 3 is being repurposed as a chicken coop and a free range area has been constructed. Students will learn about optimizing egg production as part of their coursework.
An apiary for the bees that is enclosed with solar electric fence will be located along the southern edge of the property behind Building 3. Animal Science students will research the best practices for producing honey and the decreasing honey bee population.
Other CTE programs also will benefit from the Animal Science expansion. Fashion Design, Merchandising and Marketing students will integrate the alpaca wool in their designs. Culinary Arts students will use the eggs and New Visions Innovation, Leadership and Business students will help with a business model for the products that will be derived from the new ventures. Conservation classes will continue to assist with maintenance of the structures.
Class removes tree at Wildwood
The Heavy Equipment class collaborated with Operations and Maintenance to remove a tree on the Wildwood campus recently. Students were able to demonstrate their heavy equipment and chainsaw operation skills and earn CDOS hours. Mrs. McCumisky also joined in on the fun with her Integrated Math lesson, in which students used this real-life scenario and calculated the amount of wood that they would expect to yield from the fallen tree. Students worked together to determine the overall volume of wood.
FFA members attend national convention
Eleven Conservation and Animal Science student members of the Bush Education Center FFA chapter attended the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, IN in October. The group traveled with other chapters from around the region and enjoyed stops on the way including the Ghostly Manor Thrill Center in Sandusky, OH, Sechler's Pickle Farm in St. Joe, IN and Creighton Brothers in Warsaw, IN, a facility that raises more than two million egg-laying hens. Caterpillar USA hosted the group for a day that included tours of their Illinois facilities, including the foundry and assembly lines. The visit was coordinated by Milton CAT.
At the FFA National Convention, the Bush students joined more than 67,200 FFA members from all 50 states who were in attendance. Opening keynote speaker Laila Ali gave an inspiring talk about the importance of not giving up and doing your best. Rascal Flatts gave a private concert for convention attendees. Other convention activities included leadership and personal growth workshops and a tour of Perdue University's new $15 million research facility that focuses on genetic modification of corn and soybeans. Students also attended a rodeo, heard the retiring address from the National FFA Vice President, who is from Lakeville, New York, and toured Ozark Fisheries, where approximately three million gold fish are hatched per season and then shipped across the United States and overseas.
Wildwood Auto Body students complete special project
Wildwood Auto Body students recently completed a special project that could soon be spotted out and about. Crystal Parks of Erin, NY contacted Instructor Sam DiPaolo last fall about the possibility of converting a used school bus into a mobile art classroom. Students spent the past few months patching the metal, removing all stickers, filling holes and painting the vehicle. Parks plans to use the Arty Bus to offer activities including birthday parties, classes and corporate teambuilding beginning this summer.
"Working with the GST BOCES Auto Body program was awesome," said Parks. "It felt like a true partnership; I explained what I needed and the students worked hard to make it happen. How cool is it that this vehicle carried students, then was transformed by students and will soon inspire more students?"
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, 2018.
(L-R) Ryan Harrison, Heather McLaughlin, Abe Thomas, Jody Andrus and Jason Emo were recently inducted into the GST BOCES Hall of Fame. Photo by Tom Mike..
Jody Andrus graduated from Alfred-Almond Central School and completed the Cosmetology program at the Wildwood Education Center in 1979.
After graduation, Jody worked at two Hornell salons before opening her own business, Jody's Unisex Hair Design, in 1989. She ran her salon until 1998, when she accepted a position as a Cosmetology teaching assistant at the Steuben-Allegany BOCES (now GST BOCES) Wildwood campus. She still holds this position today and now works on the Coopers campus. For the past three years, she also has served as an advisor for the student SkillsUSA chapter.
Jody is active in her community and helped coordinate fundraising efforts for many local causes, including Relay for Life and Lungs for Leah. She also works with Volunteer Caregiver, providing hair services and visiting with elderly residents in local nursing homes.
Jason Emo graduated from Alfred-Almond Central School in 1990 and completed the Auto Body and Heavy Equipment programs at the Wildwood Education Center during his high school years.
After graduation, Jason began his career with the Town of Hornellsville as an equipment operator. He was able to merge his automotive and heavy equipment knowledge as he used down time to refurbish and maintain the town's aging fleet of equipment. Eventually, he was able to transform old pieces of equipment into a useful and reliable fleet. Jason later became the assistant highway superintendent and, after 20 years working for the town, was elected Town of Hornellsville Highway Superintendent in 2012. In this position, he put in place a system that reduced the town's spending on equipment maintenance by replacing it with debt service on bonding for new equipment. This approach has saved the town a significant amount of money, allowed debt to be almost eliminated and provided new equipment to the town on a regular rotation.
Jason provides internships for current GST BOCES students; he enjoys working side by side with them and serving as a mentor as they develop work skills.
Ryan Harrison completed the Criminal Justice program at the Wildwood Education Center and graduated from Hornell High School in 2005. After graduation, he attended Corning Community College and earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
In 2012, Ryan was sworn in as a full-time police officer for the City of Hornell Police Department. Four years later, he was promoted to sergeant, the position he still holds today. He leads the field training program for new officers and is a certified computerized voice stress analyzer, general instructor and bicycle patrolman. He also has taken additional training in narcotics investigations and interview techniques and recently graduated from the state-certified supervisors school.
Ryan remains involved with the GST BOCES Criminal Justice program by serving as a guest speaker and mock interviewer. He also assists with student performance evaluations.
Heather McLaughlin, a graduate of Corning-Painted Post West High School, attended the Licensed Practical Nurse program at the Coopers Education Center as an adult student while working full-time and raising four young children. After completing the program in 2001, she went on to work as an LPN at Elcor, The Waters of Three Rivers and Pathways, Inc.
Heather attended Corning Community College and earned a nursing degree in 2006. Her career path included jobs at Robert Packer Hospital and then Arnot Ogden Medical Center. While working in Arnot's emergency department, she earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Keuka College and a master's degree in Family Health Nursing from Binghamton University.
After earning these degrees, she returned to Robert Packer Hospital, taking a position as a Nurse Practitioner. She also was a clinical instructor for the Registered Nurse program at Corning Community College. Heather is currently a Nurse Practitioner at the Bath Veterans Administration.
Abe Thomas completed the Auto Body Repair program at the Coopers Education Center and graduated from Corning-Painted Post West High School in 2003. After graduation, he worked as an auto body technician at Loren's Body Shop in Corning. He went on to work at Crane's Towing in Painted Post and Goodrich Auto Works LLC in Bath before joining the Fox Auto Group in Painted Post in 2011.
Abe has worked his way from collision repair technician to his current position of auto body shop manager. He earned the Automotive Service Excellence Technician certification and I-CAR certifications. In addition to his job at Fox, Abe operates his own business, Against the Grain Paint, Body and Sales. He has built a reputation for quality of work in complete restoration, custom paint and body work. Abe has earned several awards for his work, including an award at Daytona Bike Week for a custom motorcycle that he painted.
Abe remains involved with the GST BOCES Auto Body program. He provides internship experiences for students at Fox Auto Group and works with his contacts at area body shops and estimators to secure internship opportunities. He also volunteers his time to share his experiences with BOCES students at events throughout the year.
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.