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Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News


Construction Executive Delivers Professional Advice to CTE Students

February 15, 2019

“We can’t find enough young talent to fill all the jobs we have in the construction field,” Michael Hanrahan, director of employee development at Schimenti Construction, told students at the Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES recently. Whether a student is looking to go to college and become an engineer, architect, or construction superintendent or wants to go directly into a trade and become an electrician, carpenter, or HVAC worker, the jobs are plentiful as are the salaries that go along with them, according to Hanrahan.

 

Students Share Passion for Fine Food at Valentine’s Luncheon

February 14, 2019

Hospitality students at the Tech Center shared their passion for fine cuisine when they prepared and served a luncheon on Valentine’s Day at the Educated Palate restaurant on the PNW BOCES campus.
 
Patrons feasted on Caesar salad with garlic croutons and Parmesan crisps; sliced roast beef tenderloin with demi-glace; duchess potatoes; and roasted asparagus with caramelized onions. And since no Valentine’s luncheon would be complete without some chocolate, dessert consisted of homemade chocolate mousse cake with raspberry buttercream and sorbet. A festive pink-hued mocktail completed the celebration.

 

Mahopac Students See Programs in Action During Tech Center Tour

February 08, 2019

More than 100 students from Mahopac High School toured Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs — from New Visions Health, Veterinary Science and Sports Medicine to Carpentry, Cosmetology and Barbering — during a tour of the Tech Center at PNW BOCES recently.

 

Summer Camps at Tech Center Make Learning Fun

February 07, 2019

Are you looking for a fun and compelling summer experience for your child that helps them explore interests they are passionate about?  Then PNW BOCES Summer Camp at the Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES is the right place for you.
 
Students ages 12 to 15 can learn about 3D printing, architecture, animation, hairstyling, fashion design, film and sound, law enforcement, health careers, culinary arts, computer repair, sports medicine, metal working and more.

 

Tilly Foster Students Whip Up Delectable Appetizers

February 01, 2019

Tilly Foster Culinary students prepare samples for customers every Friday at ACE Endico restaurant supply and retail store in Brewster. On the menu recently: brats wrapped in bacon with chili and brown sugar and Tex-Mex hot dogs with habanero sauce. #tech2daycareer2morrow
 

 

Peers Influence Peers Searches for Talent at BOCES

February 01, 2019

Buck Heller, Frank Reale and Ian Elk from Peers Influence Peers Partnership came to CTE’s Digital Film, Video and Audio Production class recently in search of talent. Students auditioned for on-air talent spots for the partnership’s public-service commercials. Peers Influence Peers is a not-for-profit that works to help students create and produce public-service announcements in order to effect positive change. This year’s theme is developing empathy, understanding and kindness in teenagers. #tech2daycareer2morrow
 

 

Walden Educators Implement New Curriculum for Students with Autism

January 28, 2019

For students with autism, school can be a frustrating place. A new approach implemented in the Walden School this year, however, is reducing that frustration and helping students learn more.

Armed with instructional strategies that are part of two sequential programs – known as STAR and LINKS – Walden educators are using a unified approach to help students build knowledge and learn appropriate classroom and social behaviors. The approach has already begun paying dividends in individual classrooms and is expected to make transitions easier on students as they move from grade to grade.

 

Staff Gains Tools to Help Students from ‘Therapeutic Crisis Intervention’ Training

January 28, 2019

A nonverbal student starts to become agitated and throw glances at the door. A student with social-emotional challenges comes back from lunch muttering about a classmate’s actions. A young pupil with autism grows frustrated over a routine he is having trouble mastering.
 
Every day, special education staff at PNW BOCES face a variety of situations that could spin out of control. Although PNW BOCES educators have always sought to prevent problems from growing, they recently have been gaining more tools help students head off crises and develop crucial coping skills in the process. About 25 Educators from PNW BOCES’ schools and local school building programs recently participated in a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training program taught by four BOCES educators who recently became certified trainers.

 

Cooking Lessons Teach Lessons that Go Beyond the Kitchen

January 24, 2019

At a recent cooking lesson at the Pines Bridge school, teacher Lisa Giacomini-Essell told her students they would be making s’mores and gingerbread. What she did not tell them, however, were all the ways that the simple recipes would coax them into working on larger goals.
 
As they started to make the gingerbread treats, Giacomini-Essell gently tossed a bag of dough to one student who squeezed it before passing it to a classmate. Students helped open packages, crack eggs, chop butter and mix dough. They helped assemble s’mores and took turns pushing microwave buttons to melt them into gooey treats. One student read instructions aloud while several other classmates followed along by looking at recipe cards showing both pictures and words.

 

Student-Run Luncheon Offers Taste of the ‘Sweet Life’

January 17, 2019

Diners at the Educated Palate restaurant on the campus of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES were served up an Italian feast by Hospitality students on the campus recently.
 
The theme for the luncheon was La Dolce Vita—Italian for “the sweet life”—and it lived up to its name, as patrons enjoyed the savory meal and sumptuous dessert.

 
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