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Herkimer BOCES VP-TECH students shadow
SUNY Polytechnic Institute students

June 23, 2017



Two Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students recently had the opportunity to experience college life by shadowing SUNY Polytechnic Institute students.

VP-TECH students Marietta Altieri, a ninth-grader of Herkimer, Jaden Gushue, a 10th-grader of Herkimer, shadowed different students and both said visiting the college was beneficial.

“Definitely, you want to be able to get used to it and see if you like the environment and the teachers,” Gushue said. “You want to be comfortable with the place you’re going to spend the next couple of years.”

Students from Herkimer BOCES component school districts enter VP-TECH in ninth grade and spend four to six years in the program – leaving it with a Regents diploma, an associate degree in quality assurance from Herkimer College, a certification in advanced manufacturing and connections with local businesses. Altieri and Gushue visited SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Utica Campus on April 4. They had to fill out applications for the visit including writing about why they should be accepted for the visit.

Altieri toured most of the campus, had lunch visited a game room and attended an engineering mathematics class.

“It was a little different, but I’m kind of used to it,” she said, comparing the college class to VP-TECH.

Altieri is thinking as of now that she would like to attend Herkimer College or SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and she liked being able to get a better feel for SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

“It’s just the experience because you’re getting ideas,” she said.

Gushue shadowed her student to class, residential advisor work, lunch and a tour of the library and other buildings on campus.

“I love that college,” she said. “We’ve been up there twice. I think it’s great.”

Visiting SUNY Polytechnic Institute also helped as a reminder that VP-TECH is getting its students ready for college, Gushue said.

“Our setup and how we learn is a lot like they do it up there,” she said. “The freedom we have is something they have too, so it’s definitely going to prepare us for up there or anywhere.”






 
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