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We need to work together to create pathways and experiences that connect our students to careers

Perry Dewey III - DCMO BOCES District Superintendent

School, Business, and Community Working Together 

2017 Boys Career Day

DCMO BOCES brings together Business Mentors and Students


On October 14, 2017, DCMO BOCES hosted a successful mentor and career day at the SUNY Oneonta campus.  It’s a Guy Thing invites middle school male students to explore career goals and to connect with mentors.  A similar event is held in the spring for female students.  Based on employment opportunities data, aviation and manufacturing career workshops were introduced.  The event opened with an inspiring presentation by the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Daniel Ketchum entitled Go For The Gold.   Ketchum inspired students to challenge their fears and take the risk.  He also explained how good teamwork connects everyone to achieve worthy goals.  The breakout sessions included “The World of Aviation” presented by the Mohawk Valley Community College aviation team.  The other career session engaged seven senior leadership team members from ACCO Brands who worked with the students to develop a dream board.  The students completed a self-assessment document that will be forwarded to the career counselors to help them develop an academic pathway to reach their dream job.  Other event amenities included a fun presentation on how to develop computer animations and also the traditional Lunch Like a College Kid activity that allows young students the opportunity dine with college students.

When Local Employers Take Leadership - Students WIN!


Students from the DCMO BOCES Career & Technical Education Program benefited from a new educational partnership. On March 8, 2017, ACCO Brands Corporation, one of the world's largest suppliers of branded school, office and consumer products and print finishing solutions in Sidney NY opened their doors to welcome our CTE students.  The career exploration and work readiness orientation event benefited almost 50 students who enjoyed a facility tour and presentations delivered by the leadership team at ACCO Brands.  We thank ACCO Brands for their support and welcome other local employers to take an active role in preparing the workforce of the future. 

Regional Spelling Bee Champion Makes Us Proud


On March 4, 2017, Melodie Loya, a sixth grade student from the Sidney LEAH school took the regional championship.  She represented the region at the 2017 SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee Competition in Washington, D.C.  She ranked number 18 from 290 competitors reaching the highest achievement for our program since it's inception 15 years ago.  This event is possible thanks to a collaboration between DCMO and ONC BOCES.  The event is funded by the Daily Star, a long time supporter of this initiative.  The competition is hosted at the Goodrich Theater at SUNY Oneonta thanks to the support of the Office of the President.  Congratulations to Melodie. (For more information on supporting the spelling bee program please click here.)

Partnership with Golden Artists Colors - a successful endeavor for our teachers

On Saturday, February 11, eleven Art Teachers displayed their creations at the Golden Artist’s Loft Gallery.  The art exhibition celebrates the culmination of the first Golden Artist Colors Master Teacher program offered in collaboration with DCMO BOCES.  Professional artist Carrie Mae Smith led the 8-week professional development program.  Teachers from the DCMO BOCES region and beyond had the opportunity to explore a range of painting media and techniques to reinforce or establish their own voice.  The participants agreed that the experience expanded their horizons and provided opportunities to teach their students the learned techniques working with new mediums, materials, and processes.  DCMO BOCES is proud to partner with first-class organizations like Golden Artist Colors to inspire educators to discover new ideas.  CEO Mark Golden commented that based on the positive feedback received, the organization is planning to offer similar training opportunities in the future.

Rogers Environmental provides students relevant learning experience


Miranda Niles, a senior at DCMO BOCES Chenango VISCOM Program supported Rogers Conservation with the development of a publication to promote their Summer Adventure Camps.  


Opportunities like this provide both the students and the hosting organization opportunities and benefits.  

Hayes judges Skills USA regional business plan competition


Chris Hayes, a real estate and retail business expert was among those recruited to judge at the Skills USA Entrepreneur Competition in February.  Three teams competed with a public presentation and also with a business plan entry.  Hayes commented that the experience was rewarding and that the student's poise, professionalism and commitment to the process was admirable.  

Rentals To Go provides relevant hands on work experience


Bradley Darling, a student attending our Conservation program was interested in diesel mechanics.  Thanks to Rentals To Go, a business located in Norwich, NY, Bradley had the opportunity to work alongside with Talon Schoeder to apply welding and repair techniques. 

Curtis Lumber Mentors Students


Austin Delong (pictured on this photo with the Curtis Lumber team) was among the students who benefited from workbased learning experiences at Curtis Lumber. 


John Sullivan, another senior student had the opportunity to work with a wonderful team and receive evaluations that will help him prepare for the workforce.

CDC Custom Milwork hosts company learning tour 


CDC Custom Milwork in Norwich hosted a plant tour and welcome our Carpentry and Building Trades students to learn about their practices and the applications they use for the development of high end cabinets.  

Classic Car Museum brings a taste of history to the automotive program
On February 8th, Gary Benson's Auto Collision students were given a tour of the approximate 170 vehicles, located at the Northeast Classic Car Museum, in Norwich. The tour was given by retired Auto Technology Instructor and Car Museum volunteer, Mr. Dick Shutt.