Coopers SkillsUSA students visit Arc of Steuben
Students in the SkillsUSA chapter at the BOCES Coopers Campus recently baked, decorated and delivered cookies to the Arc of Steuben's annual Christmas party.
During the party, BOCES students passed out the cookies, mingled, danced and participated in activities with party guests. After the delivery, students and staff went to lunch and toured the Arc of Steuben's facilities.
According to Club Advisor Dale Robie, "The Arc of Steuben looks forward to this every year. As an advisor, this activity makes me proud of our SkillsUSA members and is what community service is all about."
Pictured are Coopers SkillsUSA officers and representatives from the Arc of Steuben.
Coopers SkillsUSA donates to CareFirst
The SkillsUSA chapter at the BOCES Coopers Campus recently held two hot cocoa socials to raise funds. Students sold hot cocoa and cookies at various locations on campus and visited individual classrooms as well.
The students donated $50 of the proceeds from the events to CareFirst, a local hospice organization.
Pictured left to right are the SkillsUSA treasurer/secretary; the SkillsUSA president; Mary Mosteller, CareFirst development coordinator; and the SkillsUSA vice president.
Cosmetology students demonstrate skills at competition
GST BOCES Career and Technical Education students competed in a Cosmetology Hair Styling Competition at the Bush Education Center in January.
Participants used live models to display a creative hairstyle and were judged by local salon owners and stylists. Many models dressed in costume themes and their hair was styled to match. Judges tallied points to name a first, second and third place winner for the junior and senior classes, for a total of six winners. Winners received trophies and a bag of hairstyling products.
This competition is an annual event that has taken place for more than 20 years.
Photo at left: First, second and third place winners for the junior and senior classes display their awards.
Elsmere Eagles defeat Elmira College
The Elsmere Eagles recently defeated the Elmira College men's varsity ice hockey team 9 to 8 in their annual face-off. Elsmere is undefeated against EC.
The teams battled back and forth for the lead in a close game. The Elsmere Eagles are gearing up for the regional Special Olympics competition at St. John Fisher College in Rochester and for the New York State Special Olympics games that will be held February 19-20 in Poughkeepsie.
Building Construction class sells sheds
Building Construction juniors on the Bush Campus have one completed shed left for sale and will have several more ready for sale in the spring. The sheds measure 8' x 12' and are wired for electricity with four lighting receptacles, a switch and a ceiling light. The cost for each shed is $1,350. If you are interested in purchasing the shed pictured here or would like to pre-order one to be built, please contact Terry Gray at ext. 1617.
Audio Media students release lip dub
The Bush Education Center's Audio Media Design program recently released its annual GST BOCES lip dub on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAYYDM0Nsec). The class spent three weeks preparing for this very challenging project, which was taped in December just before holiday break.
All Career and Technical Education classes were invited to participate and students were encouraged to dress in patriotic attire. Allen Orshal's senior Audio Media Design class produced segments filmed in two buildings on campus. The fun was set to the tunes of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" and Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance." The lip dub story centered around a student signing up for the military and then returning to a welcome home celebration.
"This year's lip dub was a little different, as we decided to share the theme in both buildings. This tied the story together very nicely. Everyone showed their patriotism and the theme really comes across in the video," Orshal said. "A lot of work and organization goes into this project and this year was no exception. A big thanks goes out to everyone involved."
To watch the 2016 lip dub or others from previous years, enter GST BOCES Lip Dub in the YouTube search window, or click here or on the link above.
Students complete BOCES Adult Cosmetology program
On January 27, 24 students graduated from the GST BOCES Adult Cosmetology program at the Bush Campus.
The 17-month program included 1,000 hours of instruction to prepare students for the New York State Cosmetology Board exam. Eight of the students who graduated have already found employment in their field.
For more information on this and other courses, please call 739-7905 or log onto http://www.gstboces.org/adulted.
GST STEM Team Coordinates VEX Robotics Competition
On January 13, more than 120 students from nine school districts participated in a VEX Robotics competition at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Big Flats.
Students from the Alfred-Almond, Arkport, Canaseraga, Elmira, Elmira Heights, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen, Horseheads and Waverly school districts competed with robots that they had constructed and programmed to function autonomously and under remote operator control.
This event was coordinated by the GST BOCES STEM Team.
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, 2015.
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.