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CDOS students learn at the Albany Marriott

Two-week camp brings students into the workplace

 Students learn about the concierge room at the Marriott

Two area high school students earned valuable work-based learning hours while learning job skills on Thursday (Aug. 17) at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road.

The students, Jamell Jackson from Mohonasen and Alexis Scarff-Fairchild from Niskayuna, took part in Capital Region BOCES' two-week Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) "Summer Works" camp that allows them to earn work-based learning hours towards their graduation requirements while also learning valuable work- and soft-skills.

At the Marriott, hotel representatives taught students functions related to serving breakfast.

Students then carried out the task and undertook other duties assigned to the Marriott's concierge.  The CDOS camp, which started on Aug. 7 and concluded Thursday, was one of two BOCES operated this summer through a three-year, $890,312 grant from the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The first session took place in mid-July.

Students must complete 54 work-based learning hours as well as 216 seat-based hours to earn a New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. The credential was launched during the 2013-2014 school year as a move by New York State to show employers that students have the knowledge and skills required for entry-level jobs. A Marriott representative talks to the two CDOS students present on Thursday Aug. 17 for the session at the Marriott.

The Summer Works CDOS 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," Kelsey said.

In the top photo, students learn about the concierge room at the Marriott.

To the right, a Marriott representative talks to the CDOS students.



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