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OU BOCES Holds First Annual Career and Technical Education Signing Day

Group of students in nursing uniforms behind table draped with Orange Regional Medical Center sign
  • Career & Technical Education

On February 27, Orange-Ulster BOCES held its first Career and Technical Education (CTE) Signing Day. The event recognized 18 seniors who, after completing their CTE programs in June and any additional requirements by the hiring agency, will be heading directly to careers at LEGOLAND New York and The Greater Hudson Valley Health System comprised of Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) and Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC).

Representatives from both organizations were on hand to present the students with ceremonial paperwork, and the audience was filled with proud family members, fellow classmates and OU BOCES faculty and staff members.

Orande Daring, Director of Career and Technical Education, explained that though signing days are a routinely held for high school athletes committing to college teams, doing the same for CTE students is a new and growing concept intended to help get the word out about the value of CTE.  

OU BOCES offers 37 CTE programs which give students the opportunity to graduate from high school with technical experience, professional skills, and national industry certifications. 

Joshua Decker, a Minisink Valley HS student in the Basic Office Applications Program, has been doing an internship at LEGOLAND New York and has accepted a permanent position there.

The following students have been chosen by GHVHS for positions:

Allied Health Program (Medical Assistant):

  • Katherine Carranza (Monroe-Woodbury HS)
  • Lejanna Duffus, Dulce Mendez, Ashley Paredes (Middletown HS)

Nurse Assistant Program:

  • Betsy Barrera, Fabienne Justin, Bethany Morales, Adeana Pearson (Middletown HS)
  • Anayah Jackman, Micahla Marner (Pine Bush HS)
  • Courtney Elwood, Samantha Knibbs  (Minisink Valley HS)

Medical Administrative Executive Assistant Program:

  • Nancy Nieves (Chester Academy)

Culinary Arts Program:

  • Anna Predmore , Shaniece Wiggerton (Middletown HS)
  • Andres Santiago (Pine Bush HS)
  • Shawn Beach (Port Jervis HS)