Management Services hosts school safety training
More than 140 representatives from local school districts, county agencies and law enforcement participated in "Sandy Hook: A Parent's Perspective," hosted by GST BOCES Management Services at Elmira College in October.
Presenter Michele Gay is the co-founder and executive director of Safe and Sound Schools. Following the tragic loss of her daughter, Josephine, in the Sandy Hook School tragedy, Michele joined fellow Sandy Hook mother Alissa Parker to establish Safe and Sound Schools as a national resource for school safety. Michele travels across the country sharing her message of inspiration, recovery and school safety education and advocacy. She conducts school safety workshops and seminars, presenting Safe and Sound's school safety model and resources, and facilitating school safety development in communities across the country.
Prior to founding Safe and Sound Schools, Michele taught in Maryland and Virginia public schools, where she served as both a mentor teacher and a peer coach, and was awarded "Exemplary Teacher" recognition in the Fairfax County Public Schools. Michele holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson University and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. Her education and professional and personal experiences have uniquely positioned her to advocate on the national level for safer schools.
"The representation of different groups for this presentation is great," said Gay. "It's important for schools, law enforcement and community agencies to build relationships so they are easily accessible to each other. My goal here is to help you think about things you haven't yet in regard to school safety."
New Visions Medical students prepare for clinicals
New Visions Medical students at the Coopers and Wildwood campuses learned about the importance of infection control and how to properly protect themselves before heading out on clinicals.
At Coopers, a medical student from Lake Erie College of Medicine visited the class to offer further insight for students on protecting themselves and the patients.
At Wildwood, students creating a Chain of Infection wall to show the pathway of infection as they prepared for clinicals and practiced properly putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to stop the spread of infection.
"Made in the Southern Tier" MFG Day held at GST BOCES
The Chemung County Chamber of Commerce and its MFG Day Task Force hosted a region-wide celebration of National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) at GST BOCES on October 5.
National MFG Day is the first Friday of October each year. The day highlights the importance of manufacturing to the economy, provides manufacturers with the opportunity to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing, fosters interest in its many rewarding careers and inspires the next generation of creators.
The "Made in the Southern Tier" MFG Day included a MFG Day Expo that featured more than 15 vendors, as well as lean manufacturing demonstrations and activities provided by The Hilliard Corporation and the Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology (AM&T). The event was open to students and staff from area school districts and colleges, along with Chamber of Commerce members from across the Southern Tier.
Participating manufacturers included CAF USA, Cameron Manufacturing & Design, CemeCon, Eastern Metal, DePuy Synthes, F.M. Howell & Company, Hardinge Inc., The Hilliard Corporation, IncubatorWorks, Kennedy Valve: A Division of McWane, Inc., Nucor Vulcraft Group, Southerntier Custom Fabricators and Swift Glass Co., Inc.
A complimentary lunch for the manufacturing exhibitors was prepared by the GST BOCES Culinary Arts students.
GST BOCES adult student receives Student of the Year award
Alyssa O'Malley Galpin was recently named Student of the Year by New York Association for Continuing and Community Education (NYACCE). On November 29, Galpin was recognized by Assemblyman Chris Friend for her accomplishment.
Although Galpin attended high school through grade 12, she did not pass her Global Regents exam and according to her, "life got in the way" of her being able to graduate. Wanting to earn a decent living doing meaningful work, she landed a job with the non-profit organization AIM Independent Living Center. Although she considered her work rewarding, Galpin desired a career change that would offer more money and benefits to support her family. She also realized a high school equivalency diploma was necessary for her start on her path toward success.
Galpin joined the National External Diploma Program at GST BOCES in July 2017 and later enrolled in GST BOCES Phlebotomy program. Time after time, she demonstrated her maturity and tenacity. In less than a year, she completed the NEDP program and earned her high school equivalency diploma, as well as her national certification as a phlebotomist.
Galpin recently was hired at a local call center and said she loves her new job. Without a high school diploma, she would not have been a candidate for the job.
GST BOCES Phoenix Academy hosted a Veterans Day parade
GST BOCES students in the Phoenix Academy hosted a Veterans Day parade and luncheon in November. Students and staff lined the halls to honor veterans and active military personnel, then hosted a luncheon where veterans shared their stories with each other and with students.
Heavy Equipment class completes work at Avoca and J-T
This fall, Wildwood Education Center Heavy Equipment students were busy with shared service projects at two local school districts.
Juniors and seniors completed a building pad and stripped sod to replace with new topsoil in preparation for the installation of a high tunnel (greenhouse) for the Avoca Central School District's new agricultural science program. The Heavy Equipment students also installed the foundation posts for the high tunnel rafters. The project took three days and also included clearing a running trail on the back of the property that hadn't been open for some time. "This was a great opportunity and the students did a great job," said Instructor Mike Fodge.
Heavy Equipment students also recently installed 143 feet of SDR 35 pipe at the Troupsburg School to replace a rotted out pipe that caused two large sink holes in the yard. The project was a successful collaboration between GST BOCES, Jasper-Troupsburg Central School's maintenance department and the Troupsburg Highway Department.
"Students were able to apply skills in installing pipe, surveying, lash and load and finish grading," said Instructor Andy Dennis. "The work ethic that was displayed by the students on the project was outstanding. They really were proud to work on their own school and the school district benefited by utilizing shared services."
GST BOCES art classes provide work for Farm City Day
Several GST BOCES art classes recently helped the Steuben County Cooperative Extension celebrate their centennial year at this year's Farm City Day by providing work for display. The community event was held in September and was hosted by the Moss-VanWie Dairy Farm located in Canisteo, NY.
Farm City Day is an educational, fun-filled day on the farm where visitors get a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at the operation of a modern dairy farm. The event promotes agriculture awareness and education. Those attending were able to milk a cow, talk to a veterinarian, learn about crops and how they are stored, pet a newborn calf, see how the milk is stored and much more.
On the first day of the event, second-grade students from around Steuben County stepped off their buses and were greeted by giant round bale pumpkin sculptures created by Mrs. Henderson's class. Just outside the dairy barn, 2D scarecrow landscape paintings were displayed for the visiting students to see. Various other artwork was also displayed throughout the dairy farm. By the close of the event, more than 5,200 people had attended.
The following GST BOCES art classes, led by their art teacher, Kurt Mullen, helped the Steuben County Cooperative Extension and the Moss-VanWie Dairy Farm by having artwork displayed throughout the dairy farm:
• Rao – Hornell Intermediate School
• Henderson – Bryant School (Hornell)
• Gill – Savona Elementary
• McCann – Winfield Street School (C-PP)
• Wright – V.E.W. Elementary (Bath)
• Wallenbeck – V.E.W. Elementary (Bath)
New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Regent Susan Mittler visited the GST BOCES
New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Regent Susan Mittler visited the GST BOCES region on October 4. Their visit began at Beecher Elementary School in Elmira, where they participated in a roundtable discussion with Community Schools partners and visited classrooms to see "Restorative Practice" in action.
The next stop was the GST BOCES Bush Education Center, where Commissioner Elia and Regent Mittler learned about the cross disciplinary work between the Animal Science, Conservation, Culinary Arts and Fashion Design, Merchandising and Marketing programs. This work involves the care of, facilities for and products derived from the alpacas, chickens and bees that reside on the campus.
After lunch with component district superintendents at the Coopers Education Center, Commissioner Elia and Regent Mittler visited the STEM Academy. They toured the Goff Road facility and participated in a roundtable discussion with students who shared their experiences in the PTECH program.
"It was a pleasure to host Commissioner Elia and Regent Mittler in our region," said GST BOCES District Superintendent Jim Frame, who accompanied the Commissioner and Regent on their visit. "The partnership between the NYS Education Department and our BOCES is critical. Having Commissioner Elia and Regent Mittler on our campuses and involved in discussions with our students, staff and component superintendents highlights our work and brings a broader understanding of what our region has to offer."
(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.