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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!
Students learn information technology, soft skills
during summer program at Herkimer BOCES

Aug. 5, 2016



Student launches a rocket
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES summer youth employment and training program student Joseph Mendola, 16, of Little Falls City School District, successfully launches a rocket on July 25 outside Herkimer BOCES during his information technology session of the summer program.



HERKIMER – How is launching a rocket like programming a computer?

That’s one of the questions that students in the information technology session of the summer youth employment and training program at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES learned the answer to this summer from teacher Andrew Carpenter.

“Rockets are like programming,” Carpenter said. “Either everything is correct, and it works, or if even one thing is wrong, it won’t work.”

The summer youth employment and training program at Herkimer BOCES runs for six weeks for 33 local students who are ages 14 and 15. The students attend for five hours per day, four days per week and are paid $9 per hour through a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant that funds the program. Students attend two-week sessions in three of the four available career clusters: agriculture, food and natural resources; hospitality and tourism; information technology; and transportation, distribution and logistics.

Carpenter, who was the instructor of the Herkimer BOCES Information Technology Academy last school year and will teach in the Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School this school year, taught the students a variety of skills in the information technology field.

The students’ work-focused activities included building websites, making videos using Microsoft PowerPoint, making Android apps, doing coding using Java and Visual Basic, doing updates to computers in the Herkimer BOCES Information Technology Academy classroom at Herkimer College and visiting and touring WKTV in Utica to see what the employees do for their jobs there.

Carpenter also showed a video each day about a career that involves technology – which is just about any career, he said. One of the videos had to do with NASA, so he tied that into having the students put rockets together as a team-building activity, and then students launched the rockets in teams outside of Herkimer BOCES.

In addition to the information technology skills, the students were learning things that will help them in any career, Carpenter said.

“One thing that everybody is learning out of it is the soft skills that they need to be employable,” he said.

The summer program – through collaboration with First Source Federal Credit Union – also provides students with financial assistance such as how to handle their pay deposits from the program, he said. The students have also shown that they are well behaved, he said.

“First of all, I think it’s great that they chose to be here,” he said.

Summer program student Madison Muller, 14, of Poland, took the information technology, hospitality and tourism and agriculture, food and natural resources sessions of the program.

Madison said she wants to go into nursing psychology, but she considers the program a good life experience, a chance to learn a lot of different things, obtain skills to support her ability to be independent and gain experience working in three career fields she hadn’t explored yet.

“There are a lot more careers in each industry than I thought,” she said. “There are a lot more opportunities.”

Additional stories spotlighting each of the four career cluster programs will be coming soon including online at www.herkimer-boces.org, www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES and www.twitter.com/HerkimerBOCES.



Students and teacher prepare a rocket for launch
Andrew Carpenter (right), teacher of the information technology session of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES summer youth employment and training program, works with students Maggie Keady-Dooley (left), 15, of Herkimer Central School District, and Shelby Davis (middle), 16, of Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District, to prepare a rocket for launch.


Students about to launch a rocket outside Herkimer BOCES
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES summer youth employment and training program student Sarah Esty (right), 15, of West Canada Valley Central School District, triggers the launch of a rocket on July 25 outside Herkimer BOCES, as her classmates Rachel VanOrden (left), 15, of Little Falls City School District and Raheem Alkubi (middle), 15, of Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District look on.





 
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