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Herkimer BOCES School To Careers program’s Advanced Career
Immersion Experience helps students decide their career paths
Inaugural ACIE Recognition Ceremony took place May 3 at Herkimer College

May 10, 2017



 
Video slideshow shown above from the Advanced Career Immersion Experience Recognition Ceremony on May 3 at Herkimer College.


HERKIMER – Before joining the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program’s Advanced Career Immersion Experience, Central Valley Academy senior Savannah Moynihan knew she either wanted to work as a veterinarian or as a speech pathologist.

Through STC’s ACIE program, Moynihan was able to participate in 12-week internships this school year at Herkimer Veterinary Associates and with speech therapy staff at Herkimer BOCES. She enjoyed and appreciated both internships, and the experience allowed her to narrow down her career choices, she said.

“It was really helpful,” she said. “It helped me decide what I actually want to do. I’m going to Cortland for speech pathology.”

The inaugural Advanced Career Immersion Experience Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Herkimer BOCES School To Careers program took place on May 3 at Herkimer College. There were 15 students from Central Valley and three from Frankfort-Schuyler who participated in the first year of ACIE.

At the ACIE Recognition Ceremony’s student showcase, students stood with displays they made about their internships and talked with attendees about how everything went. Following the reception, each student took the stage to talk about the ACIE experience.

‘The right thing’

School To Careers Director Dr. Christopher Groves, whose Ph.D. has a focus on rural education, said it was important to him that he was able to walk around the student showcase, listen to the students articulately speaking about their internships and hear parents, superintendents and family members talk about how rich the experience was for students.

“When you have several parents, family members and students that express their thanks and appreciation for having this opportunity, then you really know you’re doing the right thing,” he said.

The ACIE program far exceeded expectations, Groves said.

“We wanted to create a program that would essentially support students in the pursuit of their future journey,” he said. “This program evolved quickly and with quality in a way that allowed us to personalize the experience for each student. The ceremony really showcased the passion each student experienced and the learning that went on for each student. Our goal was to be able to allow a student to not only recognize what they want to do but also recognize what they don’t want to do.”

Groves also praised STC liaison and work based learning coordinator MaryBeth Napolitano and STC educational specialist Janelle D’Aoust for doing a “splendid” job with the ACIE program and the Recognition Ceremony.

“Their dedication and efforts were clearly seen throughout the ACIE experience,” he said.

‘Best of the best’

STC liaison and work based learning coordinator MaryBeth Napolitano welcomed guests to the onstage portion of the evening. She thanked parents, educators, business partners and mentors – all of which were invited to the ceremony – for their support of the program.

Napolitano also complimented the students.

“They are the best of the best – stellar students,” she said, adding that it’s not just because of their academics or extracurricular activities. “It’s because they saw an opportunity to make a more informed decision and impact the rest of their lives.”

The students told detailed stories onstage about why they joined ACIE, what their career interests are and how ACIE helped them decide on a career path or rule out possible career options.

At the end of the ceremony, Napolitano reemphasized that ACIE was beneficial to students because it helped them figure out what they do or don’t want to do.

“This is exactly what internships are about,” she said.

‘Really great experience’

Students who participated in ACIE said they would recommend the program to others.

“I would say to do it and go out of your comfort zone and just do it,” Moynihan said. “It will help you figure out what you actually want to do. I know it did for me.”

Frankfort-Schuyler senior Taryn Rackmyer did 12-week internships at A&P Master Images and Catholic Charities of Herkimer County. She said it was beneficial to gain experience working with and talking to adults.

“I thought it was awesome,” she said. “I feel a lot more prepared for college.”

Frankfort-Schuyler senior Megan Raab did her internships at Stanley Center for the Arts and Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute’s performing arts department.

“It was a really great experience for me,” she said, adding that she knew she wanted to go into theatre in some form. “To be exposed to different aspects of it was a great opportunity.”

‘Opened up my eyes’

Central Valley Academy senior Benjamin Girard had internships at the Mohawk Valley Water Authority and with the inpatient unit at Bassett Healthcare Network’s Little Falls Hospital.

Girard said he had a good experience at the hospital but realized he could tell people they were going to be fine but wouldn’t be able to tell people they weren’t going to be fine.

His time at the Mohawk Valley Water Authority also clarified his desired career path, he said.

“It confirmed environmental engineering was what I want to do,” he said.

Central Valley Academy senior Abby Schultz did the whole 24 weeks of her internship at ConMed Corp., and it supported her goal of becoming a mechanical engineer.

“It was just a really great experience because they do so many types of engineering there,” she said.

Central Valley Academy senior Ryan Bulger spent 12 weeks with the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department and 12 with the Herkimer County 911 Center.

Bulger knew he wanted to go into the law enforcement field, and seeing the Herkimer County officials always working to help people further motivated him. His plan is now to go into the U.S. Navy Reserve then go to Utica College to study cybersecurity and eventually work his way up to federal law enforcement.

“It was practically a little of everything,” he said, of the internship. “It basically opened up my eyes to what I want to do and how I should get there.”
 


Central Valley ACIE students at Recognition Ceremony
Central Valley Academy students who participated in the inaugural year of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program’s Advanced Career Immersion Experience pose for a photograph during the ACIE Recognition Ceremony on May 3 at Herkimer College


Frankfort-Schuyler ACIE students at Recognition Ceremony
Frankfort-Schuyler students who participated in the inaugural year of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program’s Advanced Career Immersion Experience pose for a photograph during the ACIE Recognition Ceremony on May 3 at Herkimer College. From left: Ashley Thompson, Taryn Rackmyer and Megan Raab.


ACIE student holds her niece during student showcase at Recognition Ceremony
Central Valley Academy senior Savannah Moynihan holds her niece, Rhileigh Garbera, 3, during the student showcase portion of the inaugural Advanced Career Immersion Experience Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program on May 3 at Herkimer College. Through ACIE, Moynihan did internships at Herkimer Veterinary Associates and with speech therapy staff at Herkimer BOCES.


ACIE student at the student showcase at the Recognition Ceremony at Herkimer College
Frankfort-Schuyler senior Megan Raab poses during the student showcase portion of the inaugural Advanced Career Immersion Experience Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program on May 3 at Herkimer College. Through ACIE, Raab did internships at Stanley Center for the Arts and Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute’s performing arts department.


ACIE student at the student showcase at the Recognition Ceremony at Herkimer College
Frankfort-Schuyler senior Taryn Rackmyer poses during the student showcase portion of the inaugural Advanced Career Immersion Experience Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program on May 3 at Herkimer College. Through ACIE, Rackmyer did internships at A&P Master Images and Catholic Charities of Herkimer County.


ACIE student at the student showcase at the Recognition Ceremony at Herkimer College
Central Valley Academy senior Abby Schultz poses during the student showcase portion of the inaugural Advanced Career Immersion Experience Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program on May 3 at Herkimer College. Through ACIE, Schultz did a 24-week internship at ConMed Corp.


ACIE student at the student showcase at the Recognition Ceremony at Herkimer College
Central Valley Academy senior Benjamin Girard poses during the student showcase portion of the inaugural Advanced Career Immersion Experience Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program on May 3 at Herkimer College. Through ACIE, Girard did internships at Mohawk Valley Water Authority and with the inpatient unit at Bassett Healthcare Network’s Little Falls Hospital.


ACIE student at the student showcase at the Recognition Ceremony at Herkimer College
Central Valley Academy senior Ryan Bulger poses during the student showcase portion of the inaugural Advanced Career Immersion Experience Recognition Ceremony hosted by the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program on May 3 at Herkimer College. Through ACIE, Bulger did internships at the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department and Herkimer County 911 Center.



MaryBeth Napolitano speaks during ACIE Recognition Ceremony
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers liaison and work based learning coordinator MaryBeth Napolitano welcomes guests to the inaugural Advanced Career Immersion Experience Recognition Ceremony on May 3 at Herkimer College, before inviting students onstage to talk about their internship experiences.








 
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