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Senator Betty Little Gives BOCES Top Grades

Friday, October 06, 2017

Aaron Dorr (Granville CSD); Kylee Granger (North Warren CSD); Senator Betty Little; Jonathan Hart (North Warren CSD)

Senator Betty Little (R, C, I – 45th Senate District) toured the Southern Adirondack Education Center on October 4. Culinary Arts students prepared and served lunch, while WSWHE BOCES staff updated Senator Little on the organization's rebranding efforts and gave an update on programming.

Talking about CTE and New Visions programs, the senator said "I am a big fan of BOCES, and these are some of the most wonderful programs they have."

"We are always trying to make sure our students, not only get a good education, but some go to college, we want to make sure that they are prepared for that, and some to make sure that they are prepared for a job. And that's a job that we have right here in our community," she said.

The senator visited students in the New Visions Engineering program, who discussed their future plans in the engineering field. When learning about the Advanced Placement classes the students are taking, the senator said, "you are really making your senior year count".

Welding students gave the senator an overview of their program. Staff also explained how math and English are integrated into all CTE programs so that high school students earn the appropriate credits for graduation.

Members of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and SkillsUSA, both student organizations guided the tour and talked about competitions.

Upon the conclusion, the senator said "I give you students an A plus for preparation and presentation."

To read the Post Star's article about the visit, click here. LookTV also joined the tour. Click here to see their interview.



Culinary Arts student Marcus Opulski (Salem CSD) greeting the senator.


Senator Little with the New Visions Engineering class.


Gary Hill (Warrensburg) shows Senator Little a weld he is working on.


Welding students Justin Heibler (Granville CSD) and Gary Hill (Warrensburg (CSD) with the senator.


The senator with NYS SkillsUSA Parliamentarian Lindsey Wilcox (Argyle CSD) and Instructor Cheryl Richardson.


Senator Little tries Conservation's mini excavator.