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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 >>
Seven Valleys New Tech Academy Celebrates its Grand Opening: Our second New Tech school is officially open! Called Seven Valleys New Tech Academy, this cutting edge high school at 240 Watson St. in Cortland celebrated its GRAND OPENING and ribbon cutting this morning (9/12) with more than 60 guests that included local and state lawmakers, local school superintendents and administrators, guidance counselors, students, teachers, OCM BOCES trainers, local business leaders, parents and more. The school opened this year with 43 students and eight staff members. Seven Valleys embodies a national New Tech movement that now includes 128 high schools in more than 25 states across the country. Two years ago, in 2014, OCM BOCES opened its first New Tech high school in Liverpool, called Innovation Tech. With a history that began two decades ago in ... more >>
What's New at OCM BOCES: For the 2016-2017 school year, there are some exciting new programs and initiatives at OCM BOCES. One of the most significant changes is that OCM BOCES now has a Main Campus, the home for all Syracuse-area adult education programming, at 110 Elwood Davis Road in the Town of Salina. Also housed at the Main Campus location are all of OCM BOCES administrative, instructional support and business services. The move of these programs to a single location has freed up space at additional OCM BOCES locations allowing for more appropriate groupings and enhanced opportunities for other programs. New at OCM BOCES : Seven Valleys New Tech Academy (315/317-6017) 240 Port Watson Cortland, NY 13045 Principal: Renae Montroy About the school: Seven Valleys is the second New Tech high school ... more >>
OCM BOCES names new assistant superintendent:      Jennife r L. Spong, an administrator at southwestern New York’s Cattaraugus-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services, will soon become the new assistant superintendent for Instructional Support Services at the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES.      This ISS division assists 23 school districts in Central New York with a wide range of services, including professional development, curriculum and instruction, school library systems, science resources, summer school, youth development, special education support, teacher evaluations and more.      At OCM BOCES, Spong will oversee 89 employees and manage an annual budget of $7.6 million. She replaces former Assistant Superintendent Jeff Craig, who recently became ... more >>
Adult Education Graduation Wednesday, August 10: More than 200 adult graduates of OCM BOCES' adult education programs will be recognized for their accomplishments in the organization's annual Adult Education and Literacy Program graduation ceremony to be held Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena (4585 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse). The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The public and media are invited to attend. Bradley Carpenter, a graduate of OCM BOCES’ medical assisting program, will address his fellow graduates and ceremony attendees about his life changing experience with BOCES. Mr. Carpenter, a 2009 high school graduate from Watervliet, NY, came to BOCES approximately six months ago, after experiencing several disappointments with his work situation at the time. After learning ... more >>
Former Astronaut Leland Melvin Shares Inspiring Story at PBLNY:      When Leland Melvin was a young boy growing up in Lynchburg, Va., he had no desire to become an NFL football player or astronaut – both of which he eventually achieved.      Instead, Melvin wanted to become a professional tennis player like Arthur Ashe, an African American athlete who trained nearby. The reason was simple, Melvin explained: “He looked like me.”        Melvin discussed the importance of role models during his keynote speech this week at the OnCenter in Syracuse, where more than 250 educators from across the country are gathering for four-day conference sponsored by the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) in conjunction with the nationally acclaimed ... more >>
250 educators head to Syracuse for PBLNY:                          SYRACUSE, NY – More than 250 educators from across the country will converge Aug. 2-5 at the OnCenter for a convention that starts with a keynote address from former NASA astronaut and NFL player Leland Melvin, who is also a national education leader for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).       The conference is being sponsored by the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) in conjunction with the nationally acclaimed Buck Institute for Education (BIE).      Much of the conference will focus on the research-driven success of Project Based Learning (PBL), in which “students gain knowledge ... more >>
LPN Graduates Inspire Each Other:         In the course of nine years, while her husband suffered from brain cancer, Marilyn Valkema found invaluable comfort from the nurses who stood by her side.      One nurse gra sped her hands and prayed fervently with her in the intensive care unit of a Toronto hospital, where Valkema’s husband, Andrew, had his first craniotomy. Another poured love on the entire family, not just Andrew, when he needed frequent care in his home. A third stayed with Valkema at the time of her husband’s death, giving her strength and calling family and friends in the pre-dawn hours.      On Thursday, July 21, Valkema recalled these stories as she stood on stage at Gillette Road Middle School in North Syracuse. She had just become ... more >>
Consider a Job in CADD: Do you have a desire to work in the architectural, engineering or manufacturing industry? Or perhaps in the Interior Design field? If so, check out our popular Computer Aided Drafting & Design Program, or CADD. you will enjoy this intensive training program that uses state-of-the-art equipment and software. Gain comprehensive knowledge of drafting principles and techniques through the use of board/instrument drafting and AutoCAD and its many functions.   Through lectures, demonstrations, hands-on applications, individual/group projects, job shadowing and a four-week internship, students will develop into versatile employees, capable of multitasking in the demanding engineering, architectural, and manufacturing settings of today.   To get started,  give ... more >>
Financial Aid Available: Adult students at OCM BOCES are eligible to receive many different types of financial aid. An average financial aid package may look something like this:   Average tuition: $7,593 Average Pell grant: $3,956 Student loan: $4,574   The actual cost for your education may vary. Not all students qualify for a Pell grant, local grant or student loan. However, our Financial Aid Office staff will assist you in securing the best available financial aid package to meet your goals. Why not give it a try? Give us a call at 315-453-4677 more >>
Course Offerings Now Available for FALL: GO ONLINE at or look in your mailbox soon for the latest course catalog from OCM BOCES. We offer 15 full-time certification programs and dozens of part-time classes with one goal in mind: improving your life! Our latest catalog offers all the newest courses for fall 2016, as well as dates, times, instructors, job placement rates and more. Go to and click on ADULT EDUCATION to get started. more >>
New CNYRIC Director Named for OCM BOCES:      Pamela. Mazzaferro, director of information technology for the Rome City School District, was appointed July 14 to become the new director of the Central New York Regional Informational Center (CNYRIC), which provides a broad range of technology services to 50 school districts in the region.       Mazzaferro replaces former CNYRIC directo r Michael Fay, who retired earlier this year after 11 years at the helm. The CNYRIC is a division of the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Education Services (OCM BOCES). It is based at 6075 East Molloy Road in Syracuse.      “We are extremely fortunate to have Pam on board because she possesses a great depth of knowledge, has experience in both the public and private ... more >>
Lieutenant Governor Visits BOCES Summer School: SPECIAL GUEST:   New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited Cortland Junior Senior High School this week to check out a free summer food program available to millions of children across the country. OCM BOCES is hosting a regional summer school at the Cortland site, where dozens of students can take advantage of the program for breakfast, lunch and snacks. The program, called the Summer Food Service Program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is open to anyone 18 years old or younger and has no other eligibility requirements.   Hochul visited the program on the second day of its launch and had a great time chatting with food-service workers, serving trays of food and checking out a register to see how many students ... more >>
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Summer reading made easy with free digital books: This sum mer, more than 60,000 students across Central New York will have access to thousands of free e-books through their school district because of a pilot program being offered through the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES). The OCM BOCES School Library System is participating in the myOn digital library, which gives students access to thousands of books that can be read on computers, laptops and other devices. Since May, students have already finished more than 20,000 books. OCM BOCES School Library System Coordinator Doreen Bergman is excited to bring the program to Central New York students. “The program allows students to choose books at their reading level and within their areas of interest to keep them reading all ... more >>
More than 300 CNY high school students earn NYS CTE Endorsement: More than 300 students from the 23 component school districts of Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES have earned the distinction of receiving a New York State Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsement on their 2016 high school diploma. Earning a CTE Endorsement is considered a distinction of honor. Having achieved the designation demonstrates a student’s academic strength and signifies their readiness to enter the workforce or enroll in college.   “Earning a CTE endorsement is a complex process, requiring a student’s excellence in their field of study, as the tests are developed according to industry standards and the endorsement signifies that students have attained the necessary entry-level technical skills,” says OCM BOCES District Superintendent Jody ... more >>
OCM BOCES web site gets a NEW LOOK!: Did you notice? OCM BOCES this week launched a brand new web site with a fresh, colorful look. Our new site continues to have the same information you've to come to expect (and then some), but it will also be easier to navigate and much more pleasing to the eye. We hope you will use it and spread the word! OCM BOCES is committed to giving you the information you need to have access to all our programs and services. Please take the time to check out our site. You'll be amazed at everything OCM BOCES has to offer. You can also find us on Facebook at One great summer offering for educators: Our "Making Learning Happen@PBLNY 2016" conference, which we are hosting in August in conjunction with the Buck Institute for Education. ... more >>

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