The Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services offers its 18 component school districts high quality services to students, teachers, administrators, parents and community.
These include Career/Technical Education, Programs for Exceptional Students, shared teacher services, staff development, curriculum development, instructional support services, educational communications, non-instructional support services, and assistance with state and federal educational programs.
In the area of Career/Technical Education, the Bohlen Technical Center in Watertown, N.Y. and the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center in Glenfield, N.Y. offer programs preparing students for careers in business, welding, mechanics, building trades, service-related employment, fashion design, nursing, electronics, forestry, computer assisted design/drafting, visual communications and many others.
To prepare students for careers in these fields, B.O.C.E.S. places students in a setting much like the one that awaits them in the world of work. Master craftsmen teach courses that are kept up to date with the help of advisory committees comprised of individuals from local businesses and industry.
On-the-job work experiences prepare students to move successfully from school to earning a living. Job placement assistance from B.O.C.E.S. and articulation agreements with colleges offer qualified students advanced standing.
The Programs for Exceptional Students team provides services to those with unique educational needs.
Special Education teachers and support staff work together to develop individualized programs. An emphasis is placed on helping students who are challenged reach their greatest degree of self-sufficiency.
Component districts have the opportunity to share general education courses through BOCES in areas such as math and foreign language. This enables them to expand the number of a variety of programs available to their students.
B.O.C.E.S. also offers services to local schools in staff development. Workshops are offered to teachers and principals on strategies for improving student achievement, staff evaluation, teacher effectiveness training and student motivation.
B.O.C.E.S. also assists schools with the process of updating curricula. By utilizing this service school districts are able to keep pace with changing New York State Education Department requirements. Teacher training on the Reading Recovery Program is also available.
Instructional support services also are available. Each year, B.O.C.E.S. operates a high school equivalency program that provides an opportunity for adults to obtain a high school equivalency diploma.
A Performing Arts Committee comprised of teachers and administrators meets with B.O.C.E.S. staff to review and select assembly programs which will be presented in schools throughout the year. Final arrangements with performers are completed in the spring before each new school year.
The Educational Communications Center includes an audio-visual equipment repair service, graphic arts service, in-service workshops, educational TV and microcomputer repair support services.
In the area of non-instructional support, B.O.C.E.S. provide employer-employee relations services, at the-table negotiation services, planning services, policy manual development, bus driver training and a health and safety program.
B.O.C.E.S. also works with component schools in the development of consortium programs utilizing state and federal funds. By working cooperatively and combining these funds, school districts are able to provide comprehensive service to eligible students. These programs include the Special Education Training and Resource Center.
The Jefferson-Lewis Teacher Center provides a variety of inservice programs to teachers as well as a peer support program, substitute teacher training, a classroom management program and a student teaching program to name a few.
Stephen J. Todd