MOVING ON UP — Students from the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services graduated June 6, during a ceremony held at East Aurora High School.
SPRINGVILLE — During a graduation ceremony held June 6, 230 students from school districts throughout Erie County were recognized for completing two years of study in career and technical education programs, offered by the Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, at the Ormsby Educational Center in East Aurora.
Since the beginning of their junior years, these students have spent approximately half of each school day at the Ormsby Center, studying the careers of their choosing. They all took national assessments, near the end of their senior years. Most were also required to complete a three-week internship at businesses, organizations and agencies related to their specific programs.
In addition to receiving training in their chosen fields, students who completed the programs and met the necessary requirements received a technical endorsement on their Regents diplomas. Participation in these programs allowed many of the students to earn scholarships toward their post-secondary education. Many were also offered employment opportunities.
Students could earn certification and licensing, through BOCES. They could compete in a variety of career events and participate in student organizations, such as SkillsUSA, National Technical Honor Society, Health Occupations Society of America, Explorers and Future Farmers of America.
The graduation ceremony took place in the East Aurora High School auditorium.
“These graduates were exemplary, in all respects,” said Tom Huebert, principal of the Ormsby Center. “Many of our students represented themselves admirably at career competitions, some going as far as the national level, and they collectively earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in academic scholarships. They should all be immensely proud of their achievements.”
Students participated in CTE programs, through the participation of home districts, including East Aurora, Eden, Holland, Iroquois, Lake Shore, North Collins, Orchard Park and Springville. All are component school districts of the E2CC BOCES, in addition to Frontier and Hamburg.
The Ormsby Center offers 15 two-year CTE programs for high school juniors and seniors. Students study specialized fields of their choosing, while earning a Regents diploma. Programs offered at the Ormsby Center include animal care, automotive body repair, automotive technology computer-assisted design and drafting, conservation/natural resource management, construction technology, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, diesel mechanics/heavy equipment repair, emergency medical services, health careers, motorsports fabrication/precision machining, personal trainer and small animal science.
Springville-Griffith Institute graduates included Nicholas Brisley, Justin Broomfield, Zachary Chmielowiec, Rebecca Clark, Kacie DePasquale, Kinga Domokos, Paul Ekes, Kristy Ellison, Heidi Frank, Taylor Glass, Matthew Glover, Samantha Golabek, Kala Gostomski, Sam Harris, Ashley Hawkins, Dakota Hecht, Rebecca Kroll, Halie Mesch, Matthew Mitchell, Ashley Murray, Kyle Odom, Chris Phinney, Timothy Rascoe, Kristi Regnet, Brittany Rosenblatt, Nathan Stresing, Dylan Turner, Justin Willibey, Kailyn Marie Willibey and Kym Zynda.
Hecht received the Katie Gorbett Award and the Timberwolf Award. Phinney received the Southern Erie County Counselors Award.
Golabek and Hecht were named students of the month, during the 2012-13 school year.