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Monday, October 21, 2019
Assemblyman Dan Stec (112th District) spent a good portion of October 18 touring WSWHE BOCES programs. He learned about several Exceptional Learners Division (ELD) and Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs at the Southern Adirondack Education Center (SAEC), Sanford Street Teaching and Learning Center and ended at the Early College Career Academy (ECCA) at SUNY Adirondack’s Queensbury Campus.
While at SAEC, Stec met with students from the Heavy Equipment Program, Culinary Arts, Adult Practical Nursing and New Visions Engineering. The instructors and students were able to talk with Stec about the value their programs bring to not only them as individuals but to the industries that have a growing need for trained and qualified employees. The growth that the students build while in their program helps them prepare for opportunities that would not otherwise allow them a position without that certification they receive with CTE.
Stec stated, “I was impressed with the variety of opportunities that [students] have and are ready to hit the ground running in this economy.” He also said it is great to see that “...there is a pathway or niche for so many different interests.”
While at the Sanford Street Teaching and Learning Center in Glens Falls, Assemblyman Stec met ELD principals and staff. He learned the value of the program brings to emotionally and behaviorally challenged children (K-6). Staff discussed the wide variety of services and how the uniform structure and language ensures consistency and respects each student’s individual needs.
During his time at the SUNY Adirondack campus in Queensbury, Stec heard from the students themselves about their programs, what they offer and how much they enjoy their programs including how much they’ve grown in them. Students in the Advanced Manufacturing, IT & Networking, and New Media classes all made presentations. Students and instructors also led a tour of the ECCA labs including showing them current projects they are working on.
Assemblyman Stec concluded the day by saying, ‘it was interesting to see the wide variety of offerings for not only high-school-aged students but also some adult learners and that there is a pathway or niche for so many different interests that are relevant as these students who are about to enter the workforce or are about to graduate high school. Some of them are ready to hit the workforce and if they have picked their passion or picked a field they are interested in, that there are opportunities for them to learn it whether it’s at SUNY ADK or whether at WSWHE BOCES. I was impressed with the variety of opportunities that they have and are ready to hit the ground running in this economy.”
Exceptional Learner Students with Assemblyman Stec
Culinary Arts Students with Assemblyman Stec
New Visions Health Careers Exploration Program Students with Assemblyman Stec
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