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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!
VP-TECH students share their experiences with state P-TECH officials
March 3, 2016



Video slideshow from state officials visiting VP-TECH shown above.



HERKIMER – Students in the Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School presented on Thursday, March 3, to Robin Willner, director of the Leadership Council for New York State P-TECH, about what they’ve learned so far this school year.

The VP-TECH students at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES talked about projects such as using computer software to design items for three-dimensional printing, designing the classrooms for next school year, creating a robotics club and more.

Willner, who was joined on the visit to VP-TECH by Amy Cox, assistant in higher education opportunity at the New York State Education Department, told the students she was impressed.

“Everybody I saw this morning, did great presentations,” Willner said. “We look forward to coming back and seeing more projects, seeing you all graduate, seeing you all gets jobs and seeing what you do to help the Herkimer community.”

VP-TECH launched this school year with 34 ninth-graders from Herkimer BOCES component school district, and a second class of ninth-graders will join for the 2016-17 school year. When students complete VP-TECH through a program that can last up to six years, they will leave with a Regents diploma, an associate degree in quality assurance from Herkimer College, a certification in advanced manufacturing and connections with local businesses.

After the student presentations, Willner asked the students questions about VP-TECH such as what they like about it, what they would change and whether they would tell other students to join.

VP-TECH student Skylar Whittle, of Little Falls, volunteered her thoughts on VP-TECH to Willner.

“It challenges us, and it pushes us in our education,” she said.

VP-TECH student Crysta Clute, of Dolgeville, was another one of the students who responded.

“This school lets you experience and explore what you want to do with your future career,” Clute said.

Clute also said VP-TECH allows you to familiarize yourself with technology such as 3-D printers.

VP-TECH students talked a lot during their presentations about working in groups on projects, and Willner said that is very important.

“The No. 1 thing that businesses say today is that if you want to be successful in your career, you have to know how to work in a group,” she said.

In response to a question from Willner about what other skills students learn in VP-TECH, Clute talked about speech and presentation skills. The more students do presentations, the more comfortable and better at it they get, Clute said.

“Here, you do it all the time,” Clute said.

VP-TECH Principal Brittany DerCola said it was great to have Willner and Cox visit and see how many things are going on at VP-TECH.

“Our students are very impressive and they are so proud of what they are doing,” DerCola said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to be able to share their excitement with people from the New York State Education Department and P-TECH Leadership Council.”





VP-TECH student shows project to state P-TECH director
Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School student Stephen Petkovsek, of Dolgeville, describes a project that has VP-TECH students looking for alternate solutions to culverts used to prevent flooding in Herkimer, as Robin Willner, director of the Leadership Council for New York State P-TECH, looks on during her visit to VP-TECH at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES on Thursday, March 3.


VP-TECH robotics club
Members of the Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School Robotics Club explain their club and robots they’ve made so far during a visit on Thursday, March 3, from Robin Willner, director of the Leadership Council for New York State P-TECH, and Amy Cox, assistant in higher education opportunity at the New York State Education Department. Pictured, from left to right: Tyler LiBritz, of Frankfort; Devon Flannagan, of Central Valley; Zachary McMahon, of Central Valley, and Shaila Foley, of Mount Markham.



State P-TECH director talks to VP-TECH students
Robin Willner, director of the Leadership Council for New York State P-TECH, speaks to Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students on Thursday, March 3, in the VP-TECH classrooms at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES.





 
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