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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
College Day exposes Herkimer BOCES students
to options for after high school

Oct. 29, 2014

A Herkimer BOCES student talks with a SUNY Polytechnic Institute representative during College Day
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES health science careers student Alexis Dawley (left), 17, of Central Valley, speaks with Lisa Krause (right), admissions counselor for SUNY Polytechnic Institute, during Herkimer BOCES College Day on Wednesday, Oct. 29.


HERKIMER – Visiting more than 35 colleges would normally take a long time.

That wasn’t the case, however, during the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES College Day on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in East Herkimer.

High-school juniors and seniors in Herkimer BOCES career and technical education programs were able to visit with representatives from more than 35 colleges during the event. Members of the Herkimer BOCES Future Business Leaders of America helped organize College Day, and the Leatherstocking Conference Rooms, where the event takes place, were more crowded than ever.

“We can’t fit any more in this room,” said Tony Masala, FBLA advisor and Herkimer BOCES Information Technology Academy instructor. “It’s crazy.”

The Herkimer BOCES FBLA members helped organize registrations for the colleges and where they would be located in the room – plus they assisted with hosting the event, said Information Technology Academy student Michael Twomey, a senior of Richfield Springs who is president of the Herkimer BOCES FBLA chapter.

Organizing the event provided the students with good experience, Twomey said.

“It helps prepare us for real world scenarios,” he said.

Twomey was able to tour College Day to get some more ideas for his plans to go into the computer science field toward a job such as network administrator or computer support specialist, he said. In general, he thinks College Day can be very helpful for students.

“I think it’s great to have this to help them make decisions about what they want to do and see what their options are for after high school,” he said.

Herkimer BOCES health science careers student Alexis Dawley, 17, of Central Valley, said she wants to go into nursing and was using College Day to seek out a broader outlook on the choices available.
“I think it gives you more options,” she said.

Lisa Krause, admissions counselor for SUNY Polytechnic Institute, was one of the many representatives on hand from local colleges to talk with students. SUNY Polytechnic Institute was getting “a lot of interest – particularly in the nanotechnology field,” she said.

“It’s wonderful,” Krause said, of Herkimer BOCES College Day. “It gives these kids the opportunity to explore the different careers that are available to them in this area.”

Career and technical education students often have more of an idea what they want to do after high school, so the College Day can be particularly useful, she said.

Korey Hoke and Schuyler Negron, both 17-year-old seniors from Central Valley who are in the criminal justice program at Herkimer BOCES, were looking into college options during the event. Hoke is first planning to join the U.S. Navy after high school, and Negron is considering that option as well.

“I’m looking for a college I can jump into out of the Navy,” Hoke said.

Negron said he was looking for colleges with criminal justice or education programs. Having so many colleges in one place helps the students, he said.

“Instead of having to reach out to all the colleges, I think it’s great they do this,” Negron said.
“It brings the opportunity to us,” Hoke added.


Additional photos:

Herkimer BOCES College Day 2014

Tables set up at College Day






 
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