June 12, 2009


BOCES programs switch city buildings

BOCES programs switch city buildings

BOCESBob Ellis/staff photographer
Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES’ Center for New Careers on Port Watson Street will swap space with the BOCES Alternative Junior High School in the McEvoy Center on Route 13. Growing demand for BOCES’ adult career education programs has prompted the move.

Staff Reporter

Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES’ Cortland-based adult education and alternative junior high school programs will switch locations as of June 30.
The BOCES Center for New Careers, which offers job training programs for adults, will move from its building on Port Watson Street to expanded facilities at the McEvoy Center on Route 13.
The Alternative Junior High School, for students in seventh through ninth grades who have trouble functioning in a traditional school setting, will move from McEvoy to the Port Watson Street building.
The adult education programs — which offer certificates and training in such careers as nursing, business and office skills, cosmetology, design, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as well as general education degree testing — will have more classroom space.
The switch was prompted by growth in the BOCES adult education training programs, which added programs this year in automotive technology and pharmacy technician work.
Adult education students will use an entrance on the back of the McEvoy Center.
The 30 students at the Alternative Junior High School will join the 55 students in grades 10 through 12 at the Alternative High School. The combined school will have a library, computer lab and science lab — all for the first time.
Karen Clark, director of alternative education, said the alternative senior high started at SUNY Cortland’s Van Hoesen Hall about 25 years ago and moved to the Port Watson Street building in 1999, while the junior high stayed at the McEvoy Center.
The high school currently has four classrooms, which it shared with night adult education courses.
Instead of a science lab, the high school students use a room where lab functions can be performed. There are computers for the classrooms but no computer lab.
Without a library, students have used the Cortland Free Library and BOCES library services to do research.
The cost involved in renovating McEvoy Center and reconfiguring rooms at Port Watson Street was not available.
“The new setup will allow us to share resources and staff,” said Jessica Cohen, OCM BOCES district superintendent.
As the Center for New Careers grew recently, with the new programs, BOCES administrators decided to make the switch, Clark said.
The 28-week pharmacy technician and 32-week automotive technology programs began last fall.


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