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SARATOGA SPRINGS — In collaboration with the SPAC School of the Arts, the Saratoga Springs City School District has announced a new after school enrichment opportunity for Saratoga Springs students in grades 2nd–5th. The Arts Discovery Program is designed to introduce students to a variety of art forms with an emphasis on building creativity, curiosity, emotional awareness, and self-expression. Students will be grouped by age and rotate through art forms every few weeks.
This 11-week program mixes in theatre, music, and dance while building toward a collaborative performance piece. Space is limited and students will be placed on a first come basis. Register online at forms.gle/rC8sJo3L6BLbqCaa7 by Dec. 17.
All courses will be held at the SPAC School of Arts in Saratoga Springs (99 South Broadway) on Tuesdays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Program dates are Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15; March 1, 8, 15, 22 (snow date: March 29). Tuition is $220 per student (make checks payable to Saratoga Springs City School District). Mail tuition checks to WSWHE BOCES, 267 Ballard Rd., Suite 5, Wilton NY 12831. Transportation to the SPAC School of the Arts will be provided; parents are responsible for pick up (must sign student out).
For more information visit www.saratogaschools.org.
SARAT0GA SPRINGS – On Tuesday, Oct. 30 New York State Senator James Tedisco (R, C – 49th Senate District) toured the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs. Members of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and SkillsUSA led the tour, providing Senator Tedisco with information about the Career and Technical Education programs they are enrolled in. Students in the Exceptional Learners Division made presentations about their Boys Town Merit projects.
FFA is an American 501 youth organization, specifically a career and technical student organization, based on middle and high school classes that promote and support agricultural education. SkillsUSA is a United States career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school, college, and middle school students and professional members enrolled in training programs.
Tedisco is a former special education teacher, guidance counselor, athletic director, and coach.
“I think this program is a building block. When you are standing on a building block you have an advantage over a lot of other young people. This is a program that gives them that information, that education, to be ready for industry. Preparation is what education is about. This is real preparation,” Tedisco said.
WSWHE BOCES Superintendent of Schools, James Dexter told the senator that all CTE programs, as well as most Exceptional Learning programs include internships, or job shadowing, which provides students with real world experiences, and exposure to prospective employers or continuing education opportunities.
Environmental Conservation and Forestry Program Instructor, Dennis Flynn spoke about FFA and the national convention his students recently returned from.
“The forestry program has an articulation agreement with Paul Smiths College. Students can finish this program with five college credits at Paul Smiths. Nine of my students who completed the forestry program in 2017 are attending Paul Smiths this year,” Flynn acknowledged.
Also during his visit, Tedisco had the chance to see a Regents math class. Shayne Bishop, an instructor in the Exceptional Learners Division, showed the senator how he works with students to engage them in mathematics.
“We like to connect the real world with some of the algebra and geometry that we are working on. This is just one class of many,” Bishop stated.
Senator Tedisco made a comment that when he meets local businesses they tell him that while there are many good jobs to have but not enough skilled workers to work them.
“We are fortunate to have great relationships with industry partners,” Dexter assured Tedisco.
“The kids did a great job, you are all dong a great job. Now we, the Senate and the Assembly, need to do our job and make sure the funding comes through to keep supporting these programs,” Tedisco said.
[Graphic provided by Ryan Van Amburgh.]
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga-Warren-Washington Workforce Development Board, in conjunction with The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) BOCES and the Saratoga County Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), are presenting the region’s inaugural Career Jam on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
“Career Jam is a one-day hands-on career exploration event for eighth and ninth grade in our area,” according to the SEDC statement.
These Clusters are: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, A/V Technology and Communications; Business, Management, and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Sciences; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics.
A contact at Clarkson University reached out to SEDC and introduced them to the Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Development Board (WDB) who has been hosting this event for the past three years through the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES in Watertown, New York.
This will be the first time Career Jam is taking place locally. The closest it has taken place previously is in the Finger Lakes Region and Watertown Region.
Ryan Van Amburgh, Economic Development Specialist for SEDC, said “our main goal for the event is to highlight local job options to young students.”
Approximately 500 kids will be attending from school districts around the region.
“We are working with The Clean Tech ECHS junior and seniors as our volunteers and Joseph Dragone, Superintendent from Ballston Spa Central School and Joseph Greco, Director of K-!2 Math, Science, and Technology Integration, from Saratoga Springs Schools as our volunteers,” Van Amburgh said.
“We are most excited about showcasing the business community and all the opportunities locally for students,” Van Amburgh stated.
“Local businesses from each Career Cluster will be present with hands-on activities that will engage and encourage students to look at the many career opportunities and areas of study that are relevant to our local area. We want to provide our youth with this valuable information as they decide what careers and education to pursue in their futures,” the statement declared.
“Our objective is to expose students early on to the careers that are available right here in their own region as well as the opportunity to be educated for them in that region and provide well paying jobs and it’s not really too early for them to start considering what that looks like. So we have some great business partners throughout that come and help us with our curriculum so we thought it would be a great idea to offer an opportunity for all these students to come in and see what’s there. The thing that we wanted to make sure that it was not just one of those career fairs where you get a brochure and you hear about the company but you don’t actually do anything. So, the intent is to have each business partner have a hands-on event, so students get to do some hands-on experiments,” said Kim Wegner, Coordinator of Enrichment S.T.E.M. and Career Connections at BOCES.
This event will take place in the TEC-SMART building, which is on Hermes Road in Malta.
If you are a business or students interested in learning more about Career Jam, visit www.Career-Jam.com.