Almost 900 people attended the Madison-Oneida BOCES Fall Open House and College Night on October 21 at the Rossetti Education Center. Despite the weather, the turnout for the Fall Open House was the biggest to date. Students, parents, educators, board members, and the community at large had spent the evening touring the Center and learning about the Career and Technical Education and Alternative Education programs.
Hands-on demonstrations were featured in every program, including Broadcast Technology students hosting a live video production demonstration in the main courtyard. Culinary Arts students exhibited their talents by preparing a range of foods, and Engineering students put together a number of projects, including floating aircrafts. Cosmetology students showed off their skills by treating visitors to manicures. The Equine and Animal Science classroom also featured Pierre, a Percheron horse, to give visitors an understanding of the hands-on, project-based learning that takes place at BOCES.
Several one-year programs that allow juniors and seniors to explore career options in-depth were also highlighted during the Open House. These programs include Allied Health Partnerships for students exploring pre-medical and health careers; New Ventures, a unique career placement program that offers a customized internship; the Professional Horizons Program, a mentorship program that allows students to explore a number of professional careers during the school year or the summer, and a newly developed Airframe and Powerplant Technology Program, a collaborative program with Mohawk Valley Community College that prepares students to obtain an FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate and begin a career as an aviation maintenance technician.
Visitors had the opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges and universities in the region, including Bryant & Stratton College, Crouse School of Nursing, Cazenovia College, ITT Technical Institute, Utica College, Herkimer County Community College, SUNY Canton and Mohawk Valley Community College.
The Madison-Oneida BOCES Career and Technical Education Center offers more than 20 programs serving students from Camden, Canastota, Hamilton, Madison, Morrisville-Eaton, New York State School for the Deaf, Oneida, Rome, Stockbridge-Valley and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. Madison-Oneida BOCES cooperatively and responsibly provides educationally focused programs and services, which enable learners to excel.