Putnum Northern Westerchester (PNW) BOCES - Urban Forestry and Arboriculture
Students who enter the Urban Forestry and Arboriculture program at PNW BOCES are exposed to Arbor-culture, an introduction to the “green industry” learning everything from pruning, cutting, landscaping, pesticide use, soil and tree diseases and hands-on knowledge of the latest machinery and heavy equipment needed to succeed in this industry. Safety is utmost in this classroom, utilizing the military acronym HOPE; History/Hazard, Obstacles, Plan/Procedure and Equipment. At times the “D” is added to indicate “drop zone” when felling trees. PEP Personal Enhancement Program is an entry level curriculum that is introduced, however the main course of study is based on (TCIA) Tree Care Industry Association and the (ISA) International Society of Arbor-culture. The TCIA skill set is especially attractive to potential employers who realize that the cost to train a new employee in this area would exceed $40K. There is a high demand to hire graduates from the Urban Forestry program and was documented through discussion with Consultant Committee members, graduates and parents of graduates. Students graduate with the 10-hour OSHA certificate card, as well as the NCCER certificate to operate heavy machinery. The students are very proud of these documents and openly shared them with the review committee. Students travel each year to either the Paul Smith College or SUNY Morrisville to compete in the NYS Conservation Competition and are usually successful. In fact, a recent graduate competed in a national competition, with college students, and garnered third place in the tree climbing competition.
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
The Law Enforcement program at Milliken and H. B. Ward Technical Centers at Eastern Suffolk BOCES enrolls approximately 1,600 secondary students and provides access to its secondary program to adults. The Law Enforcement program operates at two BOCES Technical Centers. At the Milliken Center (700 CTE students), Tom McGrath and Jennifer Martino provide leadership as principal and assistant principal. At the H. B. Ward Center (430 CTE students), Marie Davis and Harold Dean provide leadership as principal and assistant principal. The Law Enforcement program enrollment is strong. In April 2014, it exceeded 120 students. All program instructors are CTE certified and possess other professional certifications. Academic integration specialists in ELA, math, science, and social studies support the CTE programs in the two centers. Given the size of the programs, this staff is limited. Ward support in ELA is at the .5 level and math and science are at .2 each. At Milliken, ELA services are provided at the 1.0 level and math and science are at .4 each. These services are available at a minimum level to the Law Enforcement program as they are shared by all of the programs at each site. Much of the specialists' work is consultative and curriculum related. While integrated credits are available for students, they are primarily used as a safety net for students who may need the credit as a result of scheduling limitations. Significant work has been done on curriculum development, and work is continuing to align the program curricular base and design to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). Regularly scheduled meetings for program staff support this work on program and curriculum development across the BOCES.