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Latest News from the Career and Technical Center

Summer program gives students real-life experiences

Students earn valuable work-based learning hours


Laundry workCapital Region BOCES is offering a summer program for students in need of valuable work-based learning hours.

Through its Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Program, BOCES is providing three, two-week "Summer Works" program camps, open to all component school districts, for students with disabilities to earn work-based learning hours in July and August.

In its second year of operation, the initiative is funded by an $890,312 grant from the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

The sessions run from July 10 until Aug. 17 at Mohonasen and Middleburgh central school districts and the Albany Career and Technical Education (CTE) center. During the camps, students can earn 16 work-based learning hours (54 hours are needed to graduate) and 32 seat-based hours (216 hours are required for graduation).

Students will work on the school campuses, as well as with area employers. Among the employers who took part in last year's program was the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road. There, students carried out tasks ranging from preparing guest arrival bags to sorting and folding laundry with the help of hotel staff and BOCES CTE counselors.

CDOS farming"The program is a truly exciting and wonderful opportunity for BOCES and all the components to help prepare more students for life after high school," said CTE Education Deputy Director Dr. Valerie Kelsey. "Working together, the Special Education and CTE divisions are going to be able to do a lot of good for the region."

In the photos, students work at the Albany Marriott and in a garden during the 2016 CDOS summer program.




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