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Herkimer BOCES School to Careers Steering Committee to provide helpful insight for educators
Jan. 29, 2016







HERKIMER – The recently launched Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School to Careers Steering Committee will bring the perspectives of local business officials to help guide the STC program.

During the meeting, STC Director Chris Groves, STC liaison MaryBeth Napolitano and Herkimer BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua explained the background of the STC program and had discussions with the committee members.

Vivacqua said STC’s goals include making sure students have the skills needed to be ready for careers, that students and parents are aware of career opportunities and that they’re doing some career planning. With that in mind, Herkimer BOCES officials know they want input from the committee about how to reach parents and technical assistance such as how to bring career skills to the classroom.

Groves said the committee members will also help decide what other ways the group can help STC.

“We believe the members of this committee are the experts who best know how they can best help us achieve the goals of STC, and we have the right people in the room to move us forward,” Groves said.

The STC Steering Committee’s welcoming meeting took place on Jan. 12 at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex.

Groves and Napolitano talked about what they have done thus far with STC, since the program started with the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. STC works with students in grades 6 to 12 in the 10 Herkimer BOCES component school districts: Central Valley, Dolgeville, Frankfort-Schuyler, Herkimer, Little Falls, Mount Markham, Owen D. Young, Poland, Richfield Springs and West Canada Valley.

Career exploration becomes more focused as students get older – starting with providing resources and data and advancing to determining what fields students are interested in, organizing business tours and guest speakers and arranging for job shadowing and internship opportunities.

STC also has participated in helping students from the component school districts and in Herkimer BOCES programs to attend regional events such as SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Manufacturing Expo and the Mohawk Valley Construction Career Day. Herkimer BOCES STC also teamed with Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES and Madison-Oneida BOCES to put on Seventh Grade Construction Career Day, which took place at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES last year and will be at Herkimer BOCES this year.

In addition to the regional events, STC also organizes events at Herkimer BOCES to introduce students to career opportunities and to career and technical education courses offered at BOCES. These events include The Journey from 8 to Great for eighth-graders, Sophomore Visitation Day, the Women’s Career Experience and the Men’s Career Experience.

“Our initiative is for exposure, but we’re also exploring too,” Napolitano said.

At the end of the first meeting, committee members were asked to complete feedback forms that will help determine the direction of the next meeting and ultimately the goals of the committee. The questions included feedback on STC, the focus of STC, how the committee members can support STC and what the committee’s purpose and function should be.

After the STC internal focus team completes its review of the feedback provided by the Steering Committee members, the next meeting will be scheduled.

The members of the committee are:
  • Bernard Armata, of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
     
  • Ken Brinck, of Bassett Medical Center.
     
  • Mark Cushman, of Giotto Enterprises.
     
  • Regina Derocco, of Valley Health Services.
     
  • Art Graves, of Mycogen Seeds/Dow Agroscience.
     
  • Lynn Hocking, of Valley Health Services.
     
  • Francesca Magro, of Francesca’s Banquet Hall.
     
  • Robin Mattox, of Career Connections.
     
  • Lori Nichols, of Adirondack Bank.
     
  • Karin Piseck, of Working Solutions.
     
  • Bob Reina, of Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District.
     
  • Daniel Voce, of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co.
     
  • Robert Watkins, of Advanced Group Financial Services.



STC Steering Committee meets for the first time
The first meeting of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School to Careers Steering Committee took place on Jan. 12 at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex.



STC liaison MaryBeth Napolitano and STC Director Chris Groves
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School to Careers liaison MaryBeth Napolitano and STC Director Chris Groves explain the STC program to members of the STC Steering Committee during the group’s first meeting on Jan. 12 at Herkimer BOCES.








 
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