Friday, July 31, 2015

More than 200 to graduate from Adult Education and Literacy programs

More than 200 adult graduates of OCM BOCES' adult education programs will be recognized for their accomplishments in the organization's annual Adult Education graduation ceremony to be held Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena (4585 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse). The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The public and media are invited to attend.

Graduate Mamie Pinkston (pictured) will speak about her personal and educational struggles that led her to OCM BOCES. The Augusta, Georgia, native came to OCM BOCES in 2012 and, despite many obstacles, successfully completed the National External Diploma Program this year.

The following students are among those being recognized for their accomplishments:

Kailyn Aanonsen, Darius Adjei, Cory Anthony, James Antonacci, Andrew Babbitt, Paul Barbagallo, Damian Bartowski, Mieya Baxtron, Kristie Beaulieu, David Binet, Sarah Bivens, Amanda Braley, Chris Brothers, Rachelle Brown, Cathy Brown, Norman Bryant, Jaylon Butler, Ruth Cadwell, Anthony Camardella, Nicholas Carno, Brenda Casnave, Porcha Chairs, Alex Charland, Shantea Chatman, Jordanne Conklin, Brandon Conway, Nisa Cooper, Patrick Culeton, Dalton Curinga, Krystal Curry, Taylor Dahlin, Shantise Davis, Timothy Deblois, Joseph Demar, Douglas Dever, Landon Dietz, Spencer Dino, Christopher Dolce, Anja Donohgue, Miranda Edlin, Tammi English, Christophe Ennis, Donna Fairbrother, David Foley, Joseph Freitag, Kristina Gilman, John Giuseppetti, Joseph Goldthwait, Lori Goodall, Russell Gribnau, Cortny Hanke, Katelynn Hanson, Ieshia Hardy, Jericka Harke, Erica Hart, Tabatha Hemingway, Yolanda Hemphill, Jonathon Hess, Matthew Hilliker, Nicole Holder, Ashlee Hunt, Kathleen Hurry, Jonathan Hurst, Heather James, Kenneth Jamison, Magic Johnston, Wyatt Kaljeskie, Samantha Kastler, Karen Khammar, Brianna Kite, Larissa Knodel, Erik Kurz, Matthew Lagrow, Kara Lawn, Vicki Lawrence, Alissa Leeman, Samantha Lindgren, Brittany Lloyd, Sara Lopedito, Tyler Lowe, Katherine Lowengard, Brian Magruder, Aaron Malay, David Mallon, Valerie Marr, Phillip Mattiaccio, Robert McGregor, Quiana Mcmillan, Lisa Melendez, Stanley Memmelaar, Edith Mendoza, Travis Michaud, Michelle Mourey, Ashley Nguyen, William O'Donnell, Jesse Olcott, Tahisha Osbourne, Bobby Paige, Adam Partin, Brandi Pendergast, Michael Perry, Sonya Perun, Mamie Pinkston, Jake Pizzi, Kelsea Pop, Everett Presley, Jeffrey Proper, Christopher Prusinowski, Carlos Ramos, Megan Renicker, Chyna Robinson, Patrick Rogers, Justin Ryan, Albert Sanz, Liesl Schanz, Reed Schuster, Rebecca Scott, Michael Shelley, Bradley Short, Alexis Sincerbeaux, Stephanie Smith, Erin Soldo, Seth Spadter, Victoria Sparks, Genevieve Spencer, Mark Squadrito, Rachel Stanton, Ashley St. Denis, Anthony Sucapani, Chris Sweeney, Lenyka Sykes, Nicholas Thompson, Mike Tielbaard, Ben Turner, Jaquan Tyler, Benjamin Tyrrell, Michelle Valentino, Katherine Vassar, Kimberly Vitello, Steven Ward, James Warner, Denelle Waugh, Alicia Weaver, Joseph Wede, Shelby Wilkerson, Alethea Williams, Thompson Willson, Laura Young, Chyenne Youngs.

For more information about Adult Education full-time training programs, Continuing Education, Literacy programs or the annual graduation celebration, contact OCM BOCES at (315) 453-4400.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

OCM BOCES program receives PEB Partnership of the Year award; Four students receive Student of the Year nominations

The Media Marketing Communications program at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) received the Partnership of the Year Award from Partnership for Education and Business, Inc. (PEB) at the organization's Annual Awards ceremony held June 10 at Le Moyne College. Additionally, four OCM BOCES students, Kimberly Cusson (Culinary Arts), Alizabeth Knout (Health Occupations), Hunter Moore (Graphic Communications) and Kristin Rogers (Laboratory Technology) were recognized at the event for receiving prestigious Student of the Year nominations.

L-R: Debbie Stack, Director of Education and Community Engagement, WCNY Public Broadcasting; Colleen Viggiano, Assistant Superintendent, OCM BOCES; Phil Grome, Director of CTE, OCM BOCES; Michael Kaminski, OCC Instructor/Department Co-Chair Electronic Media Communications
The PEB Partnership of the Year award is given to successful partnerships that have clear and well-understood goals, are committed to continuous improvement, are characterized by curriculum which integrates academic and workplace skills, and demonstrates the partnership’s effectiveness through documentation of outcomes. The Media Marketing Communications Program is a partnership between OCM BOCES, WCNY, and Onondaga Community College. There are currently 10 students in the program, which began at the start of the school year in September 2014.

The two-year program offers a rigorous high school and college level of study that pairs hands-on learning in a real world setting at WCNY, Central New York’s public media organization. WCNY’s Broadcast and Education Center serves as a 21st century classroom for students under the instructional guidance of OCM BOCES, Onondaga Community College and WCNY professionals. In this course, students work alongside WCNY staff on projects across TV, social media, radio, web and print platforms, learning firsthand the fundamentals of the work of broadcast media, marketing and communications.

L-R: Kristin Rogers, Alizabeth Knout, Hunter Moore (not pictured: Kimberly Cusson)
Another integral component of the program is the dual credit courses offered through Onondaga Community College, where students begin building their transcript by taking college courses on-site with college instructors. Students are also eligible to earn a Career & Technical Education Endorsement on their diploma by successfully passing an industry-based technical assessment.

“The awards are intended to increase the quality and effectiveness of school/business partnership activity in the CNY region in order to enhance the career preparation of our students," says PEB Executive Director Joe Vargo. "At the same time, the awards provide an opportunity to recognize the level of commitment that many schools and businesses share for the benefit of youth in our community."

PEB’s Partnership of the Year Award has been a traditional part of PEB’s awards for more than 20 years.  PEB was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1993, one of its original programs was the “Adopt-a-School” program—a partnership between local businesses and organizations and schools within the Syracuse City School District.  For more information about PEB, visit their website, For more information about OCM BOCES, visit

Monday, July 6, 2015

OCM BOCES to open Cortland County New Tech high school in Fall 2016

The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) will open a New Tech high school in Cortland County in September 2016. The school will serve area high school students in grades 9-12, and will provide an innovative learning environment that aims to improve students’ college and career readiness through project-based learning, collaborative workspace and technology.

The school will also serve to equip teachers with resources that facilitate the creation of engaging curriculums with relevance to the needs of the 21st century. The new school, which has not yet been named, will be located at 240 Port Watson Street, Cortland.

“Not only will this be a school for students, but it will also be a place where teachers from all OCM BOCES districts will come to learn about project-based learning and innovative practices,” says OCM BOCES Superintendent J. Francis Manning.

There are currently more than 150 New Tech schools in 29 states across the country. This new school will join Innovation Tech High School, which OCM BOCES opened in Liverpool last fall, as the first and only two New Tech schools in Central New York.

Manning recently invited local school district leaders and local business partners together to the OCM BOCES McEvoy campus to discuss the Central New York Regional Vision for College, Career and Citizenship Readiness and ways in which both groups can collaborate and work together to provide engaging projects, shadowing opportunities, and internships for students that will be attending the new school. Cortland business leaders provided input and guidance about which employee skills and attributes would most benefit their organizations and the Cortland community.

The Central New York Regional Vision for College, Career and Citizenship Readiness represents a steadfast commitment to preparing students for their future as lifelong learners, as skilled workers or entrepreneurs, and as global citizens.

The New Tech Network and the CNY Regional Vision share three main tenets, which are “instruction that engages,” “culture that empowers,” and “technology that enables,” a philosophy which strives to empower students with engaging instruction and real-world learning opportunities, while providing a collaborative, interactive, technology-based learning environment.

Friday, June 19, 2015

STARS student awarded bronze medal in competitive art exhibition

Megan Kinney, an OCM BOCES STARS student and a junior at Westhill High School, was recently awarded a bronze medal for her three-dimensional artwork in the 43rd Annual Teenage Competitive Art Exhibition at Syracuse's Community Folk Art Center.

Megan received her honor at the exhibit's opening ceremony held on Saturday, May 30. Her creation, "Pumpkin," was on display with the exhibit through June 13.

"Megan has excelled as an art student and is planning on pursing art in college ... possibly at a two-year college first and then transferring," says Pam McNabb, Megan's art teacher in the STARS program.

Megan has been a student in the OCM BOCES STARS program for the past two years. She is pictured at the May 30 exhibit opening with her parents, Emmett and Tammy. Congratulations and great job, Megan!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

BOCES Reach students hold cultural celebration at Wegmans

On Friday, June 5, students and staff in the OCM BOCES Reach program partnered with Wegmans in Liverpool to present a cultural celebration in the store's restaurant cafe. Students worked groups of seven, each responsible for presenting a different country. The project tied together the students' work from their social studies, health and English language arts classes.

In social studies, students were learning about immigration and the "push" and "pull" factors for people coming to America from different countries. In ELA, students had been researching the social, economical, and political situations during different
immigration periods. In health class, students were learning about nutrition. Staff at the school decided to use the opportunity to partner with Wegmans for a cultural celebration as a way of showcasing their work.

Each group analyzed primary sources and created a presentation on the country they chose to study. For the celebration, staff at Wegmans provided food samples for each country, which were presented with the corresponding country's student-created display, and given out free of charge to attendees.

"It was a great opportunity to partner with Wegmans so that students could really get a taste of what they were learning," says Reach program social studies teacher Marc Cizenski. "China had chicken and broccoli, Italy had linguine with sauce, Germany had spaetzle, Poland had pierogi, and Ireland had shepherd's pie.  It was truly an amazing event. Wegmans was absolutely outstanding and our students did a great job."

265 CNY high school students earn NYS CTE endorsement

More than 250 students from the 23 component school districts of Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES have earned the distinction of receiving a New York State Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsement on their 2015 high school diploma. Earning a CTE Endorsement is considered a distinction of honor. Having achieved the designation demonstrates a student’s academic strength and signifies their readiness to enter the workforce or enroll in college.

“Earning a CTE endorsement is a complex process, requiring a student’s excellence in their field of study, as the tests are developed according to industry standards and the endorsement signifies that students have attained the necessary entry-level technical skills,” says OCM BOCES District Superintendent Jody Manning.  “In New York state, students who wish to earn a CTE Endorsement must meet rigorous requirements, including passing nationally recognized tests in their field of study.”

Students must take and pass both written and performance exams, which can be norm-based, requiring students to achieve higher scores than are typically accepted for passage. Performance exams are observed and scored by field experts not affiliated with the educational institution.

Students who pass the test demonstrate competence in their specific trade area and their readiness to meet the high standards of employment, or entrance into a secondary education program, in their field of study. To achieve the endorsement, students must also meet a number of additional standards including: passing their CTE course, completing approved work-based learning experiences, passing national assessments, completing 22 graduation credits, achieving passing grades on five Regents exams (or approved alternatives) and meeting all high school graduation requirements.

The following is a complete listing, by school district, of the 265 students who earned CTE endorsements this year. Their OCM BOCES program of study is listed in parentheses.

Baldwinsville Central School District: Fay Coffey (Physical Therapy), Kevin Collins (Computer Technology), Joseph Fiorini (Automotive Collision), Timothy Floess (Graphic Communications Technology), Eva Korczakowski (Cosmetology), Melissa Kraus (Early Childhood Education), Destinee Luciano (Cosmetology), Skyler Lyons (Culinary Arts), Meghan McVicker-Lagoe (Physical Therapy), Frank Mento (Automotive Technology), Samantha Nieciecki (Cosmetology), Connor Oakes (Laboratory Technology), Timofey Ososkalo (Construction Technology), Lucas Phillips (Culinary Arts), Clinton Pierce (Automotive Technology), Andreana Reed (Culinary Arts) and Skye Stevenson (Cosmetology).

Cazenovia Central School District: Seamus Ahern (Pastry Arts), Holly Eberle (Culinary Arts), Caitlin Goodfellow (Culinary Arts) and Margaret Hodinger (Cosmetology).

Chittenango Central School District: Matthew Bixby (Automotive Technology), John Doris (Automotive Collision), Jacob Fair (Laboratory Technology), Jacob Fields (Culinary Arts), Lucas Fuller (Graphic Communications Technology), Ronald Kingsley (Automotive Technology), Anthony Lozipone (Culinary Arts), Alexander Miller (Automotive Technology), Kenneth Misercola (Automotive Technology), Grace Nicholas (Health Occupations), Ashley Price (Cosmetology), Ericka Stanhope (Health Occupations), Christopher Stastny (Automotive Collision), Cody Stucker (Automotive Collision), Mikayla Switzer (Culinary Arts), Delvin Williams (Culinary Arts) and Brandon Zaccanelli (Graphic Communications Technology).

Cincinnatus Central School District: Melanie Cass (Cosmetology), William Farrow (New Vision Environmental Science), Kylee Gardner (Cosmetology), Chelsea Gerrard (Health Occupations Technology), Keaton Hotaling (Welding Technology), Madison Knickerbocker (New Vision Environmental Science), Daniel Ludwig (New Vision Environmental Science), Collin McKee (Welding Technology), Matthew Monroe (Automotive Collision Technology), Sydney Sherman (Welding Technology), Jeffrey Stith (Welding Technology), Dalton Sudbrink (Welding Technology) and Dylan Teichert (Automotive Collision Technology).

Cortland Enlarged City School District: Sherida Artis (Health Occupations Technology), Shaniqua Artis (Health Occupations Technology), Chace Bentley (Construction Technology), Hannah Blanchard (Cosmetology), Chelsea Breed (New Vision Medical Professions), Brooke Campbell (New Vision Medical Professions), Caitlin Donahue (Cosmetology), Zack Felix (Computer Technology), Kenna Hartmann (New Vision Medical Professions), Kasey Kabanuk (New Vision Environmental Science), Alizabeth Knout (Health Occupations Technology), Bogdan Kostiv (Welding Technology), Lyudmila Levitskaya (New Vision Medical Professions), Rebecca Mathewson (Health Occupations Technology), Danielle Mathewson (Health Occupations), Deirdre Monroe (Cosmetology), Hunter Moore (Graphic Communications), Nicole Nichol (Health Occupations) Gavin Overbaugh (Automotive Technology), Logan Root (Automotive Technology), Joshua Rzepka (Graphic Communications),  Nikolai Tubbs (New Vision Environmental Science), Patrick Turner (Automotive Technology), Samantha Underwood (Health Occupations), Andrew Wheelock (Automotive Technology), Justin Wing (Computer Technology), Kaleb Wingard (New Vision Environmental Science), and Ryan Woodin (Automotive Collision).

DeRuyter Central School District: Michael Booth (Automotive Technology) Jack DeCicco (Automotive Technology), Jack Fink (New Vision Environmental Science), Cory Marshall (Construction Technology), Travis Newton (Automotive Collision), Courtney Randall (New Vision Medical Professions), Veronica Stanton (Health Occupations), Zachary Way (Construction Technology), Zachary Wheeler (Automotive Technology), Daniel Wood (New Vision Environmental Science) and David Zinn (Automotive Technology).

East Syracuse Minoa Central School District: Dante Clapp (Graphic Communications).

Fabius-Pompey Central School District: Evan Ambrose (Welding Technology), Myranda Belge (Cosmetology), Megan Cash (New Vision Medical Professions), Hunter Clark (Automotive Technology), JeriAnn Eccleston (Health Occupations), Christopher Geariety (Automotive Collision), Andrew Hawley (Automotive Technology), Nathan Perry (Automotive Technology), George Schmid (Automotive Technology) and Austin Vadala (Automotive Technology).

Homer Central School District: Brett Barden (Welding Technology), Nathaniel Bishop (Welding Technology), McKenzie Brown (New Vision Environmental Science), Hiland Bush (New Vision Medical Professions), Randall Carew (Construction Technology), Harley Casterline (Automotive Collision), Robert Conger (Welding Technology), Sarah Covey (New Vision Environmental Science), Lucia Ferro (New Vision Environmental Science), Lauren Fisher (Culinary Arts), Vincent Fittanto (Computer Technology), Damon Ford (Automotive Collision Technology), Grace Gugerty (New Vision Environmental Science), Marc Harris (Computer Technology), Kiersten Hawks (New Vision Medical Professions), Charlotte Hollenbeck (Automotive Technology), Bridget Hulbert (Automotive Technology), Colton Hulbert (Health Occupations), William Loiselle (Graphic Communications), Aaron Loveless (Construction Technology), Amara Potts (Cosmetology), Tyler Purvis (Automotive Technology), Ashley Reid (Construction Technology), Gage Root (Automotive Technology), Eric Rowley (Automotive Collision), Cody Rowley (Automotive Collision), Cameron Sallis (Computer Technology), Samantha Sechrist (Health Occupations), Brittany Slater (Health Occupations), Mackenzie Vandee (Cosmetology), Brian Welch (Computer Technology), Taylar Williams (New Vision Medical Professions) and Kurtis Wothe (Computer Technology).

Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District: Nyree Mitchell (Health Occupations) and Tajanay Tearney (Health Occupations).

LaFayette Central School District: Brett Koons (Automotive Technology).

Liverpool Central School District: Alex Alessi (Culinary Arts), Brooke Barber (Career Academy Laboratory Technology), Ambrielle Beaudion (Cosmetology), Kennedy Bell (Cosmetology), Maria Brennan (Early Childhood Education), Chelsea Daniels (Health Occupations), Najala Davis (Health Occupations), Bryan Doran (Automotive Technology), Ashanti Dorsey (Cosmetology), Tyler Farley (Automotive Technology), Terrill Graham (Automotive Technology), Brendon Granger (Automotive Technology), Andrew Hazard (Career Academy Culinary Arts), Hunter Hiltbrand (Automotive Technology), Dominique LaRose (Pastry Arts), Garrett LeBlanc (Automotive Technology), Matthew Morrow (Automotive Technology), Hannah Northrop (Cosmetology), Marissa Pate (Culinary Arts), Linda Perry (Health Occupations), Kathleen Smith (Automotive Technology), Alexander Temple (Automotive Technology), Marie Vassallo (Cosmetology).

Marathon Central School District: Loyd Barker (Automotive Collision), Annamarie Bell (Cosmetology), Liam Chilson (Welding Technology), Katelyn Collins (Health Occupations), Marissa Emeigh (Cosmetology), Cera Henninger (Graphic Communications),  Curtis Ingrahm (Cosmetology), Tyler James (Welding Technology), Taylor Larrabee (Cosmetology), Bailey McCarthy (Health Occupations), Joseph Monroe (New Vision Medical Professions), Jerralynn Vogt (Cosmetology), Matthew Williams (New Vision Medical Professions) and Dayna West (Health Occupations).

Marcellus Central School District: Juliana Beratta (Cosmetology), Corey Cabrinha (Computer Technology), Gabrielle Coon (Pastry Arts), Kelsey Crysler (Health Occupations), Brooke Guernsey (New Vision Medical Professions), Alexandra Henry (Cosmetology), Joshua Kianka (Automotive Technology), Kayla Lader (Health Occupations), Matthew Morgan (New Vision Environmental Science), Alexis Nightingale-Stevens (Graphic Communications), Trayton Tanudjaja (New Vision Environmental Science), Joseph Thompson (Computer Technology), Jules Vanhelsdingen (Laboratory Technology) and Kaelee Waldref (Cosmetology).

McGraw Central School District: Taylor Bush (Health Occupations), Zoe Foster (Cosmetology), David Harvey (Automotive Technology), Jessica Newby (Cosmetology), Levi Parks (Automotive Collision), Cody Reome (Automotive Technology) and Dylan Thompson (Automotive Collision).

Onondaga Central School District: Elizabeth Murray (Cosmetology), James Otis (Welding Technology) and Jade Towne (Cosmetology).

North Syracuse Central School District: Isack Alvarado (Automotive Technology), Sarah Amato (Pastry Arts), Rachel Andreson (Health Occupations), William Austin (Culinary Arts), Austin Bailey (Graphic Communications), Brianna Beeles (Cosmetology), Matthew Caraher (Automotive Collision), Devin Coelho (Graphic Communications), Ryan Colon (Automotive Collision), Kachelah Flournory (Physical Therapy), Sarah Fogarty (Cosmetology), Nathan Gardner (Culinary Arts), Megan Gorman (Cosmetology), Dylan Hemingway (Graphic Communications), Louis Hickman (Automotive Technology), Anthony Ingalls (Culinary Arts), Corey Kenyon (Computer Technology), MacKenzie Lanaux (Laboratory Technology), Christopher Manger (Culinary Arts), Bradley Murphy (Automotive Technology), Benjamin Nelson (Pastry Arts), Brevin Nicholson (Automotive Technology), Olivia Orlando (Pastry Arts), Alicia Paul (Culinary Arts), Sidney Perks (Pastry Arts), Kristin Rogers (Laboratory Technology), Ian Saunders (Computer Technology), Zachary Smith (Laboratory Technology), Morgan Solak (Cosmetology), Jessica Sorbello (Health Occupations), Felicity Stevens (Health Occupations), Kaylee Taylor (Cosmetology), Jonathan Wicker (Laboratory Technology) and Benjamin Zellar (Culinary Arts).

Solvay Union Free School District: Joseph Barton (Laboratory Technology), Natosha Black (Cosmetology), Sierra Hassett (Health Occupations), Daniel Heinley (Graphic Communications), Brian Salvetti (Automotive Collision), Loren Scripa (Pastry Arts), Chelsea Stinson (Cosmetology) and Miya VanFossen (Cosmetology).

Tully Central School District: Matthew Amidon (Automotive Technology), Samuel Bernstein (Computer Technology), Jeffrey Cota (Automotive Technology), Ashley DuVall (Health Occupations), Lawrence Hayes (Construction Technology), Kyle Hoke (New Vision Environmental Science), Zachary Kays (Automotive Technology), Anthony Negrete (Construction Technology), Montana Patriarco (Computer Technology), Mackenzie Prince (New Vision Medical Professions), Matthew Quinlan (Construction Technology), Ashlie Schaber (Cosmetology), Taylor Soderholm (Cosmetology), Katie Spaulding (Graphic Communications), Jacob Stanton (Construction Technology) and Caitlynn Taylor (Health Occupations).

West Genesee Central School District: Celina Carrasquillo (Health Occupations), Jacob Clark (Automotive Collision), Jonathan Colombo (Automotive Collision), Taylor DelMoral (Cosmetology), Lisa Hall (Cosmetology), Lauren Kerr (Cosmetology), Chiarra Krafft (Cosmetology), Trista Kuhn (Construction Technology), Ryan Ledec (Culinary Arts), Jocalyn Renshaw (Cosmetology), Emily Stevens (Cosmetology) and Angela White (Graphic Communications).

Westhill Central School District: Shannon Conley (Early Childhood Education), Jada Cousins (Early Childhood Education), Olivia Flanders (Cosmetology) and Veniamin Ososkalo (Construction Technology).

Monday, June 15, 2015

OCM BOCES Regional Summer School Programs begin July 8

OCM BOCES 2015 Regional Summer School programs at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Cortland Jr./Sr. High School, Fayetteville-Manlius Wellwood Middle School and West Genesee High School are taking place this summer beginning (for students) Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

Click here for additional information about OCM BOCES Regional Summer School programs.