Goshen. Orange-Ulster BOCES featured at Goshen Chamber networking breakfast

| 20 Sep 2021 | 03:20

The Goshen Chamber of Commerce recently hosted representatives from Orange-Ulster BOCES, including administration and three Career & Technical Education students, as featured guest speakers at their September networking breakfast.

OU BOCES Deputy Superintendent Deborah Heppes gave an overview of what OU BOCES is and explained how important the organization is to the students, school districts, local economy and community in its supervisory area.

Director of Career & Technical Education Kathleen Smith explained how CTE programs give students the opportunity to graduate from high school with technical experience, professional skills, national industry certifications and college credit in a wide variety of high-demand occupations.

The highlight of the morning was when three OU BOCES CTE students, all from Goshen High School, shared their experiences CTE programs. Samantha Pickering in the Digital Design & Advertising Program, Daniel Bassani in the HVAC/Program and Dayra Delgado-Santana in the Cosmetology Program each spoke with confidence and joy about their time in CTE and their plans for the future.

The students were chosen by their teachers and administration to speak because of their outstanding performance and academic achievement in their programs.

CTE maintains relationships with more than 187 business partners in the OU BOCES supervisory area, offers 33 programs, has more than 1,900 students and a completion rate of more than 97 percent.

For more information about OU BOCES CTE programs, www.ouboces.com/CTE or call (845) 291-0300.

To contact the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, visit www.goshennychamber.com/contact-us or call (845) 294-7741.