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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 >>
Media Marketing Communications students up close and personal with Public Affairs: The OCM BOCES Media Marketing Communications’ senior class participated in a taping of Connect:NY with host Susan Arbetter. Connect:NY, is WCNY’s statewide TV news and public affairs series, which continues to convene conversations that matter to all citizens of New York State.  Erin McCormack, Executive Producer of WCNY, took the time to walk students through all phases of the production. She discussed the nuances associated with producing a news show of this magnitude. Students spoke with production assistants to learn more about lighting, camera operation, set design and sound and watched the pre-production setup in the control room. The seniors observed the host in hair and makeup before the show, and escorted guests from the lobby to the green room before the taping ... more >>
Thank you, Veterans!: Thank you, veterans! Veteran's Day marks a time to pay tribue to all our past and present military personnel, from every service branch, and from every time period in American history.  These are the brave men and women who have sacrificed to keep this nation free for more than two centuries. OCM BOCES would like to thank everyone who has served or sacrificed in any way to keep this great country safe. "The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude."  -- Jeff Miller more >>
Disabilities Mentoring Day: Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is an international event held on the third Wednesday of October, which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. DMD’s focus is promoting career exploration for students and making employers aware of available qualified candidates. Students went to work sites for about 2 hours in the morning before returning to McEvoy for lunch, energizing activities and a presentation from guest speaker Geoff “Deaf Geoff” Herbert from Syracuse.com. Geoff spoke about not letting his hearing impairment stop him from becoming a radio DJ, freelance DJ and entertainment reporter for Syracuse.com. Four OCM BOCES students participated in DMD in Cortland County. Chris Elliott (LaFayette) welded for the first time at SuitKote. Jessey Cross (Tully) and ... more >>
Science Conference Breaks New Ground:        More than 300 educators from across Central New York will converge on Roxboro Road Middle School in Mattydale on Nov. 8 for a science conference thatoffersfour “live” research lessons in which students and teachers will engage in practices aligned with the new state science standards.      The event marks a unique collaboration between the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES), the Syracuse University School of Education, the Smithsonian Science Education Center and several local teacher centers: Central New York/Oswego County; Jamesville DeWitt/Syracuse University; West Genesee/Syracuse University; Syracuse; and Cayuga-Onondaga.       ... more >>
Cortland SkillsUSA students’ hard work leaves a legacy: For the past 25 years, Cathy Wakeman has lived in a small town near Cortland, New York. Cathy always loved everything about her small town life and appreciates the fact that she grew up living at a slower pace than most people.   As a child, Cathy had opportunities right within her neighborhood to ride bikes and play ball and hang out with her friends. But there was one thing she didn’t have – a playground.   “When you wanted to meet your friends at the playground, you had to go miles away and leave our safe little community,” Cathy said.   That changed in early October though as her community came together to build the Montgomery Park Playground with help from OCM BOCES SkillsUSA students from Cortland.   In just under one week, ... more >>
OCM BOCES issues statement after Kasson Road announcement: After Onondaga County recently announced its intent to close the Kasson Road Day Treatment Program in Syracuse, administrators and staff at OCM BOCES have been moving quickly to find the best possible placements for all students affected by this change, OCM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Jody Manning said.   “Serving students has always been our top priority,” he added. “We are working very closely with our school districts and our parents to find appropriate placements that best serve the individual needs of our students. We will work very hard in the coming weeks to make this a smooth transition for everyone.” For more information about the closure, PLEASE CLICK HERE to read the letter OCM BOCES and other districts received from the Onondaga County ... more >>
Acclaimed graphic novelist to speak at OCM BOCES school library conference:      The fir st graphic novelist to be nominated for a National Book Award is heading to Syracuse Oct. 26 as the keynote speaker at the 2016 Greater Central New York School Library Systems Conference at the Syracuse OnCenter.      About 250 educators are expected to attend the annual event to hear Gene Luen Yang , whose 2006 graphic novel, “American Born Chinese,” won the prestigious American Library Association’s Printz Award and the Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album.      Yang was also appointed as the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader. His selected platform is “Reading Without Walls,” a ... more >>
BOCES Literacy Student to Receive Statewide Honor: In 2007, as a high school sophomore,  Wilnisha Sholtz Breland  became pregnant and dropped out of school. She was doing fine - making decent money - until the unexpected death of her daughter in 2011 dropped her into a deep depression. Later, as she searched for a new job and a new start in life, Breland made a quick discovery.    "Almost all the jobs I applied for required a high school diploma or GED," she said. "I began doing some research online for free literacy programs, and I came across OCM BOCES."   Thanks to the caring and support of her BOCES literacy instructors, Breland now has her high school diploma - and a new job. She is also continuing her education at Onondaga Community College. She hopes ... more >>
McEvoy special education principal receives “Community Partner” award: Congratulations to Carol Ann Davies, OCM BOCES’ special education principal at McEvoy, for recently receiving the “Community Partner” award from Cortland’s Franziska Racker Centers. The award is presented annually to a group or business that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities. In presenting the award to Carol Ann, Susan Thomas of Racker Centers, stated, “I can’t think of a more deserving partner than Carol Ann Davies and OCM BOCES.” Thomas went on to provide a glowing account of Carol Ann and the tremendous work she has done through OCM BOCES and beyond to enhance the lives of students with disabilities and break down barriers. “Carole Ann is an administrator who does everything possible to ensure kids, families and staff ... more >>
McEvoy Auto Students Refurbish Zoo Train: All aboard for community servic e: Auto collision students at our McEvoy Campus played a key role last year in refurbishing a kiddie train for the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park that was finally revealed in mid-September. Students in Dale Gendron’s class took a rusty, dented industrial train that was purchased by the zoo online and worked on it for months so the zoo could use it as a new attraction. Toby Rice, the zoo’s marketing and special events coordinator, said the zoo pursued the project because patrons fondly remembered a train ride from decades past and thought it might be nice to bring it back.   Students sanded cars, filled in scratches, and primed, painted and clear-coated the panels. Many reflected on their experience and said it was a huge and sometimes-overwhelming ... more >>



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