On Friday May 12, 2023, the students of Orange-Ulster BOCES CTE Fire Science program participated in Live Burn Day. This is a component of the New York State Interior Firefighting Operations (IFO) Certification, which students in the course have the opportunity to partake in to receive this certification from The Office of Fire Prevention & Control.
This certification allows students the ability to operate as Interior Structural firefighters. During the day, students participate in learning to extinguish three live fires, vent, enter, and search of the building, as well as other techniques and operations essential to firefighting.
Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) welcomed Advisory Board members, businesses, community partners and dignitaries for the annual Partnership Breakfast on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, prepared by our Culinary students.
After Chief Operating Officer Deborah Mc Bride Heppes’ welcoming remarks, Orange County Executive, Steve Neuhaus shared the current and projected economic growth throughout the county, voicing the importance and value of CTE.
On Wednesday, April 19, 2023, the Transportation Academy at Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education held the second annual Manufacturer’s Day. Representatives from the Orange County area including Healey Chevrolet, Healey Ford, Healey Lincoln, Healey Kia, Subaru Training, Johnstons Subaru, Johnstons Toyota, Sunshine Ford and Friendly Acura.
During the day’s activities, students from the Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Programs visited each manufacturer and learned about career opportunities at the dealership and corporate levels within the transportation industry.
Running in the hallways is never allowed in schools. Running in place, though, along with jumping, spinning, and following all the other directions of the new sensory pathway in a hallway at Orange-Ulster BOCES Emanuel Axelrod Center in Goshen is encouraged. An outer space-themed sensory pathway was designed and installed by Orange-Ulster BOCES staff for use by students in the building’s special education programs.
On Thursday, April 13, 2023 Orange-Ulster BOCES hosted the 2023 Humanities Honoree Awards Ceremony and Breakfast. Thirty-four high school students who have distinguished themselves in the arts and humanities were recognized. This event celebrates seniors and juniors who have stood out amongst their peers by showing an impressive dedication, skill, and commitment to the arts and humanities.
Following two weekends of trials between Mock Trial teams from 10 local school districts, Washingtonville High School and Goshen High School faced each other in the Orange-Ulster BOCES Mock Trial Finals held on March 28 in the Orange County Courthouse. The Honorable Judge E. Loren Williams, Supreme Court Justice and supervising judge for all city courts in the ninth judicial district, presided over the trial. After well-developed arguments presented by both sides, Goshen High School was awarded the win.
The Orange-Ulster BOCES’ Mock Trial Program continued on Saturday, March 25 at the OU BOCES campus with teams from eight school districts competing. The competing school districts were Chester, Goshen, Highland Falls, Middletown, Monroe-Woodbury, Port Jervis, Warwick, and Washingtonville. At the end of the day, two teams - Washingtonville and Goshen - came out as the winners of the semi-finals.
The Orange-Ulster BOCES Division of Instructional Support Services' Mock Trial Program began its 2023 multi-round competition on Saturday, March 18 with teams from Chester, Goshen, Highland Falls, Minisink, Middletown, Monroe-Woodbury, Newburgh, Port Jervis, Warwick, and Washingtonville. The high school teams faced off in "courtrooms" on the OU BOCES campus and argued their cases before Orange County judges.
Markus Ferrara, an eighth-grade student who attends Port Jervis Middle School in the Port Jervis School District, became the first place winner of the annual spelling bee held at Orange-Ulster BOCES on March 16, 2023. The event is organized each year by the Division of Instructional Support Services and was sponsored by Orange-Ulster BOCES, in collaboration with the Orange County School Boards Association and the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.
Deborah McBride Heppes has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Orange-Ulster BOCES. Mrs.Heppes was formerly Deputy Superintendent. She replaces William Hecht, who retired at the end of
Mrs. Heppes has worked in education in Orange County for the past 32 years, including the last 21 at OU BOCES.
Orange-Ulster BOCES Chief Operating Officer William will be retiring at the end of 2022 after leading BOCES for 10 years. The 10 years at BOCES capped Hecht’s 40-year career in education.
Mr. Hecht said he is going to miss the people at BOCES, from the leadership team to the students.
The Orange-Ulster BOCES hosted an Active Shooter Hostile Event training day on November 8, 2022, at their Amy Bull Crist Campus in Goshen. This initiative represents a partnership between the BOCES, Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police.
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The STRIVE Student Government sponsored a Food Drive during the month of November as their first community service event this school year.
The student government officers, under the leadership of their advisor, Mrs. Kristen Smith, collected, organized and assisted in the delivery of over 850 items and gift card donations to the Goshen Food Pantry.
Thank you to all our students, families and staff for your support!
On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, the Transportation Academy at Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education held the first annual Manufacturer’s Day. Corporate representatives from Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Kia, Mercedes Benz, Subaru, Snap-On Tools Industrial, and Toyota attended.
On November 2nd, Orange-Ulster BOCES held its annual Conference Day. This year’s theme was “Equity and Care for All,” which emphasized the importance of both staff and students feeling welcome, safe, and having fair and inclusive access to academic resources.
During this day of professional learning participants had the option of choosing from three keynote sessions, 17 live webinars, and 32 self-paced, asynchronous courses.