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71 Syracuse-area students inducted to National Technical Honor Society: OCM BOCES recently inducted 71 Syracuse-area students inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). Students that qualify for induction into the technical honor society represent the “best of the best” in CTE programs.   To be inducted into the technical honor society students must have an 85 average or higher, 12 or fewer absences from their program for the year and receive a teacher endorsement. Students must also demonstrate attributes that include: respect, honesty, skill, responsibility, leadership, service and citizenship.   Pictured left: Hayli White, a New Vision Medical Professions student from the North Syracuse Central School District lights the 7th candle of the National Technical Honor Society. The candle she is lighting represents citizenship. ... more >>
April 4 - CTE Open House in Syracuse: Want to learn more about our exciting, hands-on Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs? HIgh school students and their parents are invited to an Open House April 4 that will showcase a large variety of CTE and New Vision programs here at BOCES, as well as our Career Development Program. Open House will also be held in programs that are embedded in local businesses - see the middle flyer below. Programs include: automotive technology, auto collision, computer technology, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, construction, early childhood education, laboratory technology, health occupations, medical professions, physical therapy, media marketing communications, and welding. Please join us! Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Time: 5 to 6 p.m. Location: Henry ... more >>
Kuwait educators visit OCM BOCES program:        Twenty-seven education dignitaries from Kuwait traveled this week to Lime Hollow Nature Center in Cortland to learn from high school seniors and staff about an on-site, hands-on program offered through the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Education Services (OCM BOCES).      One of the visitors to the OCM BOCES’ New Vision program serves as second-in-command in Kuwait’s Ministry of Education. Assistant Undersecretary Fatma Alkandari took copious notes during the presentation and later used one word to describe her impression: “Amazing.”      “She thinks it’s an amazing program where you prepare students for after-school life, whether it’s ... more >>
OCM BOCES CTE seniors reach out for Read Out: OCM BOCES offers a number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses for area high school students. Some are held at BOCES campuses in Syracuse and Cortland, but others are embedded in local businesses through partnerships with organizations like WCNY. Students in the OCM BOCES two-year Media Marketing and Communications program at WCNY gain valuable real-world experience, working alongside WCNY media professionals, while earning their Regents High School diplomas and up to 18 college credits through classes taught by Onondaga Community College professors at WCNY!     Second year CTE Media Marketing Communications students are taking on the task of reaching out to WCNY’s ReadOut Radio listeners. ReadOut is a 24/7 free radio service for the blind or visually impaired ... more >>
Recipe for Success: Culinary Students + Cornell: OCM BOCES + Cornell University Dining = A Recipe for Success For the second year in a row, four representatives from Cornell Dining traveled to OCM BOCES' McEvoy Campus in Cortland to take part in a continuing partnership with Chef Lori Rossi's Culinary Arts class. The result: a culinary masterpiece of fresh pasta and chicken parmesan, as well as fresh oven-roasted tomato sauce and cello basil leaves as a garnish. Chef Timothy Oltz of Cornell Catering, Chef Steven Miller, Matthew Johnson, and Harry Ashendorf made the trip to work with the class of 18 high school seniors from Homer, Cortland, McGraw, DeRuyter and Cincinnatus. "This type of event is to gain new pathways for finding local employees of the future," said Chef Miller, Cornell Dining's director ... more >>
Public forum set for 5 p.m. March 8 at OCM BOCES: OCM BOCES to host regional forum March 8 on New York’s draft plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)         The public is invited to attend a regional forum March 8 at the Onondaga Cortland Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) in Salina to ask questions and provide input on New York State’s draft plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).       The draft plan is particularly important because it addresses a host of educational issues such as standardized testing, school accountability, standards, teacher preparation programs, low performing schools, public school choice, innovative assessments and more. The New York State Education Department hopes to submit a plan ... more >>
"Chit Chat Train" project promotes positive interaction: It was full-steam ahead for OCM BOCES students at our Crown Road campus, where teachers and staff in our Stellatta and K-8 special education programs recently piloted a social communication project, called the "Chit Chat Train," to encourage students to display positive and appropriate interactions with their peers. For four weeks, students earned paper train cars for using appropriate nonverbal gestures and social greetings, as well as for asking/answering each other's questions and making appropriate comments during peer interactions. The train cars started their long and meandering journey at the main entrance of the school and traveled down several hallways in the building to finally make it to the “train station.” Speech Therapists ... more >>
Media Marketing Communications graduates reunite: OCM BOCES' Media Marketing Communications Program graduates Joe Green and Miranda Hart (left and middle) are pictured with current MMC student Chris Costello. On Friday, Jan. 13, the first (and only at this point) graduating class of OCM BOCES’ Media Marketing Communications (MMC) program came back together to share experiences with current MMC students. “Take advantage of every experience offered here, don’t be afraid to take risks and cherish the time you have left in high school,” were some of their words of wisdom. They also shared how they are doing now and how the MMC program and WCNY helped transition them into college life.   Joe Green – Electronic Media Communications at Onondaga Community College (OCC) : Going to WCNY was ... more >>
OCM BOCES launches GO GREEN challenge: Sarting today, January 27, employees at OCM BOCES will be challenged to ramp up their recycling efforts and use less energy through the new “Go Green Challenge.”   In a nutshell, the Go Green Challenge is meant to be a fun but ruthless competition to see which OCM BOCES building can demonstrate the largest improvement in energy reduction and recycling efforts by the end of the school year. Bonus points will be awarded for special sustainability projects. The goal is to make our work environment healthier and more sustainable for future generations.   What’s at stake? Staff and students in the winning building will take home the coveted (and repurposed) GO GREEN CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY LAMP to display in their building until the next winner ... more >>
Accepting nominations for CTE Alumni Hall of Fame: OCM BOCES is currently seeking nominations for its Career and Technical Education (CTE) Alumni Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors OCM BOCES CTE program graduates who demonstrate leadership in their field. Two individuals will be selected for recognition as 2017 Hall of Fame inductees: one graduate from the Irvin E. Henry Campus in Syracuse, NY and one graduate from the Charles E. McEvoy Education Center in Cortland, NY.   The 2017 inductees selected from each campus will be honored at individual award ceremonies held at their respective campuses in June. To be considered for the OCM BOCES Alumni Hall of Fame, individuals must be a graduate of an OCM BOCES Career and Technical Education program, must be currently engaged in a career related to their BOCES program of completion ... more >>
20 OCM BOCES students graduate as LPNs: Steven Corr, one of 20 LPN graduates      Steven Corr was one of 20 LPN graduates this week at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES who felt a profound sense of appreciation for the classmates and instructors who made the achievement possible.      Corr spoke at graduation ceremonies Thursday night at Gillette Road Middle School in North Syracuse. He called his message, “The Gratitude Speech.”      “I’ve been profoundly affected by each and every one of them,” he said of his classmates and instructors. “I want them to be recognized.”      Fifteen years have passed since the tragedy of 9/11 pushed Steven Corr into an unexpected direction, one that ultimately ... more >>
Innovation Tech students share "Passion Projects": If it is passion you are seeking, these students have it – and for all the right reasons. Students at Innovation Tech in Liverpool recently shared more than 30 “Passion Projects” on subjects dear to their hearts, from the prevalence of teen violence to the life of Benedict Arnold to a relief effort for victims of Hurricane Matthew.   Parents, classmates, teachers, administrators, friends, local education leaders and other guests, including state Sen. John DeFrancisco, stopped by Dec. 21 to listen to presentations that spanned two hours.   One presenter, Cheyenne MacDonald, called her project about negative body image “Perfectly Imperfect” and shared numerous images of her classmates – photographs she took herself. “When I showed my ... more >>
Consider a career in Manufacturing Tech: If you want to make yourself marketable for jobs in a variety of manufacturing settings, consider our full-time program as a manufacturing technician. This course offers a wide variety of essential workplace and technical skills such as working with blueprints, understanding the basics of CAD, managing projects, developing materials lists, safety training, working with production budgets, analyzing design prototypes and much more.    For more information, give us a call at 315-453-4400 or visit our  web site.   more >>
HVAC/R group visits Main Campus: OCM BOCES in Liverpool was the much-anticipated destination for about 25 representatives from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), who met here for their regular meeting. During a tour, instructor Joe Miuccio's students demonstrated a trainer that ASHRAE funded for the class. In addition, OCM BOCES Facilities Director John Wisniewski gave a tour of the heating and air conditioning system at the OCM BOCES Main Campus.    ASHRAE has more than 55,000 members from more than 132 nations, representing building system design and industrial processes for professionals around the world.   Interested in learning more about our OCM BOCES full-time HVAC/R program?  Click here   or give us a call at 315-453-4400. more >>
Educators embrace digital literacy platform: In his 18 years of teaching, second-grade teacher Rick Mace (pictured) has seen a few educational trends come and go. But an online literacy platform called myOn® has pushed his students into happily reading thousands of books in class and at home, and has increased their reading proficiency at the same time. “It blew me away,” said Mace, who first started myOn® last fall at Cherry Road Elementary School in the Westhill Central School District. “I started to realize it was like having a gold mine.” Mace shared his experience Dec. 13 with about 30 teachers, school media specialists and administrators who attended an all-day workshop in Liverpool at the Main Campus of the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Educational Services (OCM BOCES). The ... more >>
Corrective plan implemented in response to state audit:      The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) has developed and is already implementing a corrective action plan to address the findings of a recent state Comptroller’s Office audit regarding the Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC).        OCM BOCES District Superintendent Jody Manning said, “As soon as we became aware of the issues identified in the audit, we took it upon ourselves to implement a plan that ensures all state technical support requirements are met.”        “We worked hard to fully and effectively address the issues raised by the Comptroller’s Office and, more importantly, to put a plan in place to make sure this ... more >>
Celia Volbrecht is retiring!: Congratulations and THANK YOU to literacy instructor CELIA VOLBRECHT , who retires this week after 27 years of dedicated service to thousands of students here at OCM BOCES. Celia touched the lives of countless students of all ages and from all walks of life, many of whom would NOT have reached their goals without her inspiration. Celia always impressed everyone at OCM BOCES with her kindness, dedication, commitment and passion for teaching. She is very humble about her accomplishments, but one award that stands out is her selection in 2012 as Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE).  She also helped more than 1,000 students acquire their high school equivalency diplomas – a conservative estimate by all accounts. ... more >>
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Culinary students at McEvoy present a grand feast: Fantastico Dinner: Students in the McEvoy Campus Culinary Arts program recently hosted a dinner for the Cortland and Madison Boards of Education. Members were greeted by the culinary students of Chef Lori Rossi’s class with strawberry lemonade, spinach-artichoke crostini, and crispy panko-parmesan tortellini. A classic variety of Italian music played in the background while members were served a salad of fresh mozzarella, arugula and cherry tomato. The molto bene main course featured chicken saltimbocca, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and “Action Stations” where the culinary students showed off their saute skills with pasta, vegetables, shrimp and a variety of homemade sauces. To cap off the evening of La Dolce Vita, members of the Board were treated to red and green ... more >>
OCM BOCES releases Annual Report: OCM BOCES has just released its 2015-2016 Annual Report, which highlights the 2015-16 school year as well as many of our services and activities leading into this fall. As stated in the report, the 2015-16 school year marked an unprecedented period of growth for OCM BOCES and outstanding progress toward our ultimate mission: preparing students for the future. District Superintendent Dr. Jody Manning said he was proud to share the accomplishments of OCM BOCES and grateful for the ongoing support of our 23 component districts, our state education leaders, our elected representatives in government, and our many business and community partners. Please take the time to peruse the pages of this report to learn more about OCM BOCES and how we can work with you - and for you. ... more >>

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