08.16.15 -- A group of educators from several European countries toured the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) Albany campus on Aug. 13, where BOCES and CTE officials shared their knowledge of cooperative education, social media and overcoming the middle skills jobs gap.
Guests of the U.S. Department of State, the educators included Dr. Mattias Hallberg, president of Raoul Wallenberg Difference Makers in Sweden, Artyom Tyunyakin, an English teacher in Russia, Oleksandra Skyba, information director of a Ukrainian institute, Aidan Sloane, chief executive of Spring Vale Learning in Ireland and Siham Sahed, director general of a school in Paris.
While at CTE, they visited the building trades, nursing, alternative energy, welding and other program classrooms, viewed the national-award winning video the BOCES Communications Services created for CTE on the middle skills jobs gap, and heard about the difficulties CTE and other similar programs have in communicating the value of middle skills jobs to parents, students and others.
"That is one of the best videos I have ever seen on the situation," said Sloane, who said educators in Ireland face a similar situation in attracting students to programs that will solve the national middle skills jobs gap.
BOCES Assistant District Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Lynne Wells, retired Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District Superintendent Dr. Lynn Macan, CTE Executive Principal Denise Capece, BOCES Communications Program Manager Steve King and communications specialists Audrey Hendricks and Mike McCagg led the discussion and tour.
Wells, Capece and Macan spoke about a myriad of topics, including how CTE provides educational offerings — like culinary and automotive programming — that a school district would find financially unfeasible to offer.
Meanwhile, King, Hendricks and McCagg lent insight into the use of social media to market and promote schools in the U.S. The communications team provided the visitors with information on how successful the BOCES and CTE Facebook and Twitter accounts have been in helping to recruit students and spread the word on BOCES and CTE offerings.
The European delegation arrived in the U.S. on July 27 and has visited a number of institutions from the West Coast to the East Coast. Their visit to the U.S. concluded on Aug. 14.
In the top photo, CTE Executive Principal Denise Capece talks about the building trades program to visiting educators.
Below, the delegation poses with several CTE and BOCES officials.