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OCM BOCES celebrates 438 graduates from our Career & Technical Education, New Vision, and Career Development programs at Thompson Road Campus OCM BOCES celebrates 438 graduates from our Career & Technical Education, New Vision, and Career Development programs at Thompson Road Campus: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;}   OCM BOCES celebrates 438 graduating seniors from our Thompson Road Campus   Posted June 12, 2024 Congratulations to 438 OCM BOCES seniors who walked the stage on Tuesday, June 11, to celebrate their awards and certificates from our Career & Technical Education, New Vision and Career Development programs at the Thompson Road Campus! The Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds was packed with students, teachers, staff, school administrators, families, friends and other guests who clapped and cheered for each graduate as they crossed a brightly lit stage. Many of these seniors are eligible for a CTE seal on their high school ...
OCM BOCES students sweep Syracuse welding competition OCM BOCES students sweep Syracuse welding competition: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} May 24, 2024 OCM BOCES students sweep Syracuse welding competition OCM BOCES welding students recently swept five of the eight top places in a business-sponsored welding competition in Syracuse that was part of a four-city event called “The Thruway Cup.” Later, at the culminating event in Rochester, OCM BOCES students took third place overall. They won more than $2,000 in scholarships, prize money, and welding gear. The qualifying event in Syracuse was held March 12 at the Syracuse City School District’s welding facility at Corcoran High School. Four local companies—Haun Welding Supply, Bennett Bolt Works, JPW Companies, ...
14 students commit to ‘service above self’ through Rotary Interact Club at Seven Valleys New Tech Academy 14 students commit to ‘service above self’ through Rotary Interact Club at Seven Valleys New Tech Academy: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;}   14 students commit to 'service above self' through Rotary Interact Club at Seven Valleys May 24, 2024 Fourteen students at Seven Valleys New Tech Academy in Cortland vowed to put “service above self” and volunteer for their community as part of their induction into the Rotary Interact Club on May 23 at the OCM BOCES Cortlandville Campus. The new inductees joined 23 classmates already participating in the club, which partners with the the Cortland Breakfast Rotary Club. During the ceremony, students shared a slide show of this year’s activities, which included the following activities and more: Raking leaves and doing ...
“Tools for Success” ceremony honors outstanding CTE students “Tools for Success” ceremony honors outstanding CTE students: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em; line-height:1.5em;} .caption {color:#666;} .left {float:left; margin-right:10px;} .right {float:right; margin-left:10px;} .w10 {width:10%;} .w20 {width:20%;} .w30 {width:30%;} .w40 {width:40%;} .w50 {width:50%;} .w60 {width:60%;} .w70 {width:70%;} .w80 {width:80%;} .w100 {width:100%;} May 22, 2024 “Tools for Success” ceremony honors outstanding CTE students   Ten exemplary Career & Technical Education (CTE) students at the OCM BOCES Thompson Road Campus were honored today at the annual “Tools for Success” ceremony. One by one, CTE teachers from the auto collision, auto technology, construction, culinary, heavy equipment,  and welding programs commended ...
Three Seven Valleys New Tech Academy Students are inducted into the National Honor Society Three Seven Valleys New Tech Academy Students are inducted into the National Honor Society: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} .caption {color:#666;} .left {float:left; margin:5px 10px 5px 0;} .right {float:right; margin:5px 0 5px 10px;} .w10 {width:10%;} .w20 {width:20%;} .w30 {width:30%;} .w40 {width:40%;} .w50 {width:50%;} .w60 {width:60%;} .w70 {width:70%;} .w80 {width:80%;} .w100 {width:100%;} May 21, 2024 Three Seven Valleys New Tech Academy Students are inducted into the National Honor Society Seven Valleys New Tech Academy celebrated three students for their commitment to scholarship, service, leadership and character by inducting them into the National Honor Society (NHS) on Tuesday. Students must maintain a GPA of 85 percent or above, hold a leadership position at work or in an extracurricular activity, perform ...
Innovation Tech inducts four students into the National Honor Society Innovation Tech inducts four students into the National Honor Society: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} .caption {color:#666;} .left {float:left; margin:5px 10px 5px 0;} .right {float:right; margin:5px 0 5px 10px;} .w10 {width:10%;} .w20 {width:20%;} .w30 {width:30%;} .w40 {width:40%;} .w50 {width:50%;} .w60 {width:60%;} .w70 {width:70%;} .w80 {width:80%;} .w100 {width:100%;} May 20, 2024 Innovation Tech inducts four students into the National Honor Society Four Innovation Tech students were inducted Monday into the National Honor Society (NHS) at a ceremony held at the school. Each student demonstrated excellence in scholarship, service, leadership and character. To be inducted into the NHS, students had to have a GPA of 85 percent or above, held a leadership position at work or in an ...
OCM BOCES New Vision Criminal Justice students win scholarships, recognition from Onondaga County District Attorney’s Advisory Council OCM BOCES New Vision Criminal Justice students win scholarships, recognition from Onondaga County District Attorney’s Advisory Council: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} .caption {color:#666;} .left {float:left; margin-right:10px;} .right {float:right; margin-left:10px;} .w10 {width:10%;} .w20 {width:20%;} .w30 {width:30%;} .w40 {width:40%;} .w50 {width:50%;} .w60 {width:60%;} .w70 {width:70%;} .w80 {width:80%;} .w100 {width:100%;} May 16, 2024 OCM BOCES New Vision Criminal Justice students win scholarships, recognition from Onondaga County District Attorney’s Advisory Council Two OCM BOCES New Vision Criminal Justice program students received $500 scholarships this week at the 53rd District Attorney’s Advisory Council Awards & Scholarship Luncheon at The Oncenter in downtown Syracuse. Madeleine Brown-Paul, a senior at Tully Junior-Senior ...
Thompson Road CTE Welding Technology students forge relationship—and metal—with local business Thompson Road CTE Welding Technology students forge relationship—and metal—with local business: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} .caption {color:#666;} .left {float:left; margin-right:10px;} .right {float:right; margin-left:10px;} .w10 {width:10%;} .w20 {width:20%;} .w30 {width:30%;} .w40 {width:40%;} .w50 {width:50%;} .w60 {width:60%;} .w70 {width:70%;} .w80 {width:80%;} .w100 {width:100%;} May 15, 2024 Thompson Road CTE Welding Technology students forge relationship—and metal—with local business Representatives from Schilling Forge Inc. visited the OCM BOCES Thompson Road Welding Technology program to thank students for completing a four-month-long project at their request and continuing a mutually beneficial relationship. Earlier this year, students were given blueprints to create two kneeling ...
From West Africa to BOCES: One student's mission to heal his hometown From West Africa to BOCES: One student's mission to heal his hometown: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} .caption {color:#666;} May 13, 2024 From West Africa to BOCES: One student’s mission to heal his hometown When Kokou Magnon left his home in West Africa to come to the United States, a lifelong dream came true. “Back home, everybody wanted to come to America to have that experience,” said the  33-year-old OCM BOCES Practical Nursing student. “As little kids, we put American flags in our rooms, and we just loved America.” Kokou Magnon Growing up in the West African country of Togo, in the capital city of Lomé, Magnon was responsible for taking his father, who is blind, to get medical checkups—if they were lucky enough to find healthcare. ...
OCM BOCES students play key role in Cortland Mental Health Awareness Walk OCM BOCES students play key role in Cortland Mental Health Awareness Walk: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} May 8, 2024 OCM BOCES students play key role in Cortland Mental Health Awareness Walk Students from four OCM BOCES programs in Cortland contributed significantly to organizing, supporting, advertising, presenting, and participating in the community-wide Cortland County Mental Health Awareness Walk on May 7. A record 250 community members participated in the 12-year-old event, which kicked off at 11:30 a.m. with 30 community resource tables assembled inside and outside the former Parker School on Madison Street. Later, after speeches from local leaders and student helpers, walkers took to the streets at noon to make a statement about the importance of mental health.   Health Occupations Program - Cortlandville ...
OCM BOCES nursing student wins two business innovation contests OCM BOCES nursing student wins two business innovation contests: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} May 3, 2024 OCM BOCES nursing student wins two business innovation contests   Anahja DeLee is an OCM BOCES nursing student with big aspirations. The 21-year-old Syracuse woman recently won two back-to-back “pitch” competitions for her growing eyelash extension business, Skyla Esthetics, and took home nearly $18,000 to boost it to the next level. DeLee most recently pitched her business to a panel of judges at the eighth-annual “Dolphin Tank” competition at Le Moyne College. Held in a packed auditorium, judges awarded regional entrepreneurs varying amounts of money from a $50,000 pot. Like the famous “Shark Tank” television ...
OCM BOCES students excel at New York State SkillsUSA championships OCM BOCES students excel at New York State SkillsUSA championships: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} May 1, 2024 Nine students from OCM BOCES placed in the top three on April 25 at the New York State (NYS) SkillsUSA championships at the New York State Fairgrounds. One finisher, senior Maddox “Max” Albro of Tully, took the top prize. His first-place finish in the category of Information Technology Services allows him to compete at the national SkillsUSA championships from June 24 to 28 in Atlanta. “Max did it! I am so proud of him!” said Richard Tokar, Albro’s Computer Technology teacher at the OCM BOCES Cortlandville Campus. Max is a senior who spends half his day in the Career & Technical Education program in Cortlandville and the other half at Seven Valleys New Academy, ...
OCM BOCES and Micron  Introduce Cortland-Area Eighth Graders to STEM Careers OCM BOCES and Micron Introduce Cortland-Area Eighth Graders to STEM Careers: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} .caption {color:#666;} .left {float:left; margin-right:10px;} .right {float:right; margin-left:10px;} .w10 {width:10%;} .w20 {width:20%;} .w30 {width:30%;} .w40 {width:40%;} .w50 {width:50%;} .w60 {width:60%;} .w70 {width:70%;} .w80 {width:80%;} .w100 {width:100%;} OCM BOCES and Micron Introduce Cortland-Area Eighth Graders to STEM Careers Cortland-area eighth grade students were recently introduced to careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields through the second of two spring events hosted by Onondaga-Cortland-Madison (OCM) BOCES and Micron Technology Inc.   The event, held April 25, was organized and emceed by Landon Loeber, STEM Outreach and ...
What happens to waste in Cortland County? New Vision students get a first-hand look What happens to waste in Cortland County? New Vision students get a first-hand look: h3 {margin-bottom:0;} p {margin-top:0; font-size:1.2em;} April 24, 2024 What happens to waste in Cortland County? New Vision students get a first-hand look Most people use the restroom or toss a bit of trash in the garbage and never give it another thought. The opposite is true for students in the New Vision Environmental Science program at OCM BOCES. They learn about the harmful effects of domestic waste that’s improperly treated or disposed, leading to discharges of pollutants into the soil, air and water. Instructor Chad DeVoe gives the students a “systemic” view of domestic waste on an annual field trip to Cortland County facilities that work hard to manage it in environmentally friendly ways. Most recently, on April 17, students traveled by bus on a 4½-hour ...
OCM BOCES Thompson Road Campus students inducted into National Technical Honor Society OCM BOCES Thompson Road Campus students inducted into National Technical Honor Society: OCM BOCES Thompson Road Campus students inducted into the National Technical Honor Society Tuesday, April 16, 2024 One hundred and thirty-six OCM BOCES Thompson Road Campus students were inducted Tuesday into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at a ceremony held at Onondaga Community College.   Each student inductee achieved scholastic excellence in their Career and Technical Education (CTE) or New Vision program and met additional membership eligibility requirements. Students are required to earn an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and demonstrate both high achievement and skill development. Interim Thompson Road CTE Principal Phil Grome welcomed NTHS inductees’ parents, families and friends to the ceremony, highlighting the hard work that ...
Student welders step up to the plate with community projects Student welders step up to the plate with community projects: Student welders step up to the plate with community projects April 16, 2024 Community leaders recently turned to OCM BOCES welding students in Cortland for projects that improved residents' quality of life near Owasco Lake and added a little fun to the Greek Peak terrain park for ski and snowboard enthusiasts.  They also sought help from a welding student at the Thompson Road Campus to fix a batting cage at Westhill High School. For the first project in Cortlandville, students designed and welded a large, rectangular-shaped catch basin to sit near a ditch at a campsite off Owasco Lake. The project was necessary because debris from the lake had floated down a waterway and plugged the culvert, peeling up nearby blacktop and pushing the mess into people’s ...
OCM BOCES announces new director of Section III Athletics OCM BOCES announces new director of Section III Athletics: OCM BOCES announces new director of Section III Athletics Thurs., April 11, 2024 Jason Czarny will become the new Executive Director of Section III Athletics after serving as its assistant director since August. Czarny, a former Onondaga Central School District athletic director, was honored to be selected for the new role. He said he looks forward to continuing his work “with all of the dedicated individuals throughout Section III. “Interscholastic sports produce experiences that lead to long-lasting memories,” he said. “I am honored to be in a position to help shape these experiences in a positive and meaningful way.” Czarny will replace Interim Section III Executive Director Timothy P. Ryan, a retired superintendent from the Fabius-Pompey ...
Student-led SEL initiative spreads hope at East Syracuse Minoa High School Student-led SEL initiative spreads hope at East Syracuse Minoa High School: Student-led SEL initiative spreads hope at East Syracuse Minoa High School Weds., April 10, 2024 East Syracuse Minoa High School (ESM) is strengthening its culture of well-being, coping, belonging and help-seeking through a national peer support program called Sources of Strength—and sharing its message of hope and success with all OCM BOCES’ component districts.  Four students from ESM’s Sources of Strength chapter Wednesday spoke to a group of 22 regional school counselors, social workers and administrators at OCM BOCES’ Main Campus to share how their training as “peer leaders” is advancing social and emotional learning (SEL) initiatives in their district. Pictured L-R: Ava D'Agostina, Leah Barone, Anthony Fogel, ...
OCM BOCES Cortlandville students inducted into National Technical Honor Society OCM BOCES Cortlandville students inducted into National Technical Honor Society: OCM BOCES Cortlandville students inducted into National Technical Honor Society Fri., April 5, 2024 Ninety-seven students across nine school districts were inducted Friday into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at the OCM BOCES Cortlandville Campus.   Each student inductee achieved scholastic excellence in their Career and Technical Education (CTE) or New Vision program and met additional membership eligibility requirements. Students are required to earn an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and demonstrate high achievement and skill development.   CTE Principal Deborah Wood welcomed NTHS inductees’ parents, families and friends to the ceremony, highlighting the effort and prestige that goes along with a nomination for membership. ...
Magdhi Hill, '24: U.S. Air Force veteran embraces future as an electrician Magdhi Hill, '24: U.S. Air Force veteran embraces future as an electrician: Magdhi Hill, ‘24: U.S. Air Force veteran embraces future as an electrician March 22, 2024 Magdhi Hill recalls the moment that first inspired him to enroll in OCM BOCES’ adult education Electrical Maintenance Technician program.  “Growing up, we bought a fixer-upper house,” he said. “We got a whole house—the basement, first story, second story and attic—and we bought it for $6,000.”  Hill’s family lived in the home, which had been destroyed by a fire, and made repairs one project at a time.  There was one repair, however, that the family wasn’t willing to do itself. “My dad always tried to do whatever he could by himself because we didn’t have a lot of ...



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