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Mandarin Chinese Program Recognizes Young Authors Celebrating Chinese Culture
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Chinese Author winner Allison King
Ms. King, 2nd place winner Allison King, Warwick MS; and Mandarin Chinese Instructor Ms. Moroney
The Orange-Ulster BOCES’ Mandarin Chinese Program, in partnership with Orange County Chinese School, held its first annual Hudson Valley Regional Mandarin Chinese Book Writing Contest in the month of April.  Students were asked to create a picture book written in Mandarin Chinese about families, nature, sports, or culture for kindergarten to 2nd grade students.  Students at... more info

Dial-a-Bus Provides Independence for BOCES Students
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Dial a Bus picks up students in Goshen
Navigating their surroundings is a work and life skill which all students need.  Those students enrolled in the Including Communities program at Orange-Ulster BOCES in the Village of Goshen are learning and practicing these skills as they travel via Dial-A-Bus to their internships in Chester.  “One of the greatest barriers for our students is not just getting job when they... more info

Including Communities Students Learn About Floral Design
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Sarah Hambrick and Tyrel
The students who attend the Including Communities program in the Village of Goshen were recently visited by Sarah Hambrick of Chester Greenery who came to teach them about her profession as a florist. Sarah began her visit by distributing flowers to each student so they could create their own Mother's Day floral arrangement. The students learned that floral... more info

Digital Design "Dynamic Duo" Casey LaBar and Hayley Mant Win National Design Awards
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Derek Diaz, Casey LaBar, Hayley Mant, Madeline Lennon
Derek Diaz, Casey LaBar, Hayley Mant, Madeline Lennon
Hayley Mant and Casey LaBar, standouts in the Digital Design & Advertising Program at the Career and Technical Education Center won first & second place in the 2017 “Ocean Pals” National Poster Contest. This year’s Computer Graphic Poster Contest theme was Turtle Turmoil. The contest goals are to encourage young people to become aware of and share their... more info

CTE Student Award Winners Recognized by Cooperative Board and Administration
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Deanna Villegas
Deanna Villegas of Goshen
Before their May Board meeting, the members of the Orange-Ulster Cooperative Board and BOCES administration gathered to honor award-winning students who attend one of the 12 Career Academies at the Career & Technical Education Center.  The students and their families came together to be acknowledged for their outstanding accomplishments in various regional, statewide and national... more info

CTE Students Shine at NYS SkillsUSA - Law Enforcement Students Heading to Nationals!
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Skills USA participants
NYS SkillsUSA Participants
From April 26 through 28, thirty-one CTE students who are SkillsUSA members traveled to Syracuse for the annual SkillsUSA New York State Competition at the NYS Fairgrounds. The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best practices and skills of CTE students in the nation. The philosophy behind the events is to reward excellence in... more info

Congrats to Engineering Student Camerin Figueroa for Placing Tops in the Nation in Netriders
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Camerin Figueroa
Camerin Figueroa
Congratulations to Camerin Figueroa who scored 10th in the nation out of 287 of his peers who made it to the final round of the 2017 Cisco Networking NetRiders IT Skills Competition! Camerin is a senior at Pine Bush HS and a 2nd year student in the CTE Engineering/STEM Careers Academy. Camerin, along with Magnus Roberto (Pine Bush), Xander Crissinger (Port Jervis), Flynn Ramos (Warwick... more info

Orange County Sheriff's Department Brings Operation Safe Child to Chester Learning Center
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Lt. Tamara Dreyer helps Brayden with his finger printing.
On April 26, 2017, the staff at the Chester Learning Center partnered with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to host Operation Safe Child. Students met with local law enforcement representatives and talked about safety in the community.   Operation Safe Child was designed by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services. At this event, deputies took a picture... more info

Lego Man Visits OU BOCES to Commemorate Autism Awareness Month
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Caleb from Ms. Hutchinson’s class couldn’t stop smiling!
In celebration of April being Autism Awareness Month STRIVE, IDT and SPARC students recently received an extra special surprise visit from the Lego man! Students were amazed and interacted spontaneously with one of their favorite characters, Lego Man. Students could not believe their eyes when they saw the life size Lego hero appear in the Chester Learning Center hallways. From hugs, to high... more info

CTE Staff and Students Show Appreciation to Local Community Partners 
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Partnership Breakfast Group
CTE Partnership Breakfast Group
Each May, the Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center holds a breakfast to thank their work-based learning partners who have been instrumental in providing hands-on, real world work experiences for CTE students. Representatives from local government, business and industry enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by the staff and students in the Culinary Careers... more info

Newly Certified Fiber Optic Technicians Set to Join the Workforce
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Newly certified fiber optic techs
Newly certified fiber optic techs
Orange Ulster BOCES CTE is proud to announce that the Telecommunications and Wireless Specialist program has certified twenty new fiber optic technicians.  These students worked diligently to complete the 40-hour certification. They were trained in fiber optic systems theory, construction, splicing and trouble shooting.  All twenty students are seniors, ready and willing... more info

Otisville Elementary Satellite Celebrates Autism Awareness Month
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Otisville Elementary Celebrates Autism Awareness Month
To celebrate Autism Awareness month, the Otisville Satellite enjoyed a week filled with school spirit.  We celebrated with crazy hats, favorite characters, pajama and movie day, sports day, and go blue!   It was a fun week for all who celebrated especially for the staff and students of Otisville Elementary school!  

2017 Transition Fair Opens Doors to Local Resources
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On April 20, 2017 Orange-Ulster BOCES hosted the 4th Annual Transition Fair in collaboration with the Orange County Transition Council. Each year the fair provides resources and information about local options to parents and families of the special needs population. More than 24 agencies and community-based resources in Orange County participated as exhibitors this year. We welcomed over 90... more info