Students in the New Visions: Journalism and Media Studies program will hone their skills while also helping hospital patients and their families.
Students in the program, which is jointly administered by Capital Region BOCES and Questar III BOCES, will run a social media campaign early next year highlighting the involvement of Capital Region BOCES CTE students with Jacks Place.
Located in Schenectady, Jacks Place will be used as a refuge for families of patients in Ellis Hospital and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital. It is being funded by the Jack Falvo III Foundation, named in honor of an area man who died in a 2005 watercraft accident.
Students from a number of Capital Region BOCES CTE programs, including Electrical Trades, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC/R), Carpentry and other programs, have been hard at work on the home since January. Using a $25,000 grant received from Lowes, the schools SkillsUSA chapter (which is a student organization) that work is continuing throughout this school year.
On Monday, New Visions students visited Jacks Place to gather video footage for their social media campaign. Students from Cohoes, Schalmont, Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Greenville and elsewhere shot video and still photographs that will be used in the campaign promoting the facility and the work of CTE students and the SkillsUSA chapter.
"Its a great opportunity for our students to get hands-on experience in the industry," said Anne-Marie Sheehan, teacher of the New Visions: Journalism and Media Studies.
"I like the hands-on learning," said Emily Farrell, a senior from the Ichabod Crane Central School District. "I enjoy learning new skills and practicing those skills like we are doing here today."
In the top photo, Niamh Molumby, of Scotia-Glenville, shoots a picture of the construction inside Jacks Place.
To the right, students Morgan Hume of Lansingburgh, Caitlyn Bonniwell of Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Ashley Atkins of Cohoes smile while filming on Monday.