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Gouverneur Tribune Press - Thursday, October 5, 2006 - Page 2 GCS, Southwest Tech partnership continued from page 1 Colleges offer anywhere from three to 18 credit hours, depending on the program. The cost savings can help parents and students choose a good college based on finance and curriculum offerings.\ Mr. Betrus also' noted that students from Southwest Tech are instructed on the means of giving back to the community through community service projects. \Students are requested to give back to the community. We hope to instill a sense of civic duty in our students. We have adopted the highway that runs in front of our building and will often have groups out cleaning the roadsides. Of course, many other projects that are beneficial to the community also take place each year,\ said Mr. Betrus. He noted that Gouverneur students do very well at Southwest Tech, and he presented numbers to prove it. \Currently there are 32 Gouverneur students on the National Technical Honor Society. They were inducted in June. There were 25 GHS members who graduated (with cords and sash) last year. And 31 Gouverneur grads had technical endorsement on their 2006 diplomas, this is a seal affixed' to the diploma indicating excellent grades and performance in Career and Technical Education.\ \We are very proud of our Gouverneur students. They continue to take advantage of the programs we have to offer. It has been a very good partnership,\ said Mr. Betrus. Carrie Dickinson, a Gouverneur High School graduate, who has worked for BOCES for 18 years, currently in transitional services, spoke briefly about her program. \What we do is work with kids with special needs, to help them into the work force. We have a very successful program that involves internships for our students at area businesses. They work, in the field, in ten-week work blocks. It is their intention to earn a letter of recommendation from the employer. Over 40 area businesses participate in the program,\ said Ms. Dickinson. As far as the- success of the program... The numbers speak for themselves. \ Our students begin applying for jobs before graduation. To date, 90 percent end up finding a job. We are very proud of our students and Volunteers aid flood victims continued from page 1 bond and learn the lifestyles and personal past and present lives that gives life-long residents the joy of relating, and great memories for the volunteers who had in their short lives never been acquainted with Their morning started at 6:30 a.m., and included a devotional time, games, making, posters on how to help their own community when they returned to the North Country, and preparation for the daily schedule The mining area was affected by fluctuation of coal prices comparable to what this area endured with zinc prices that created closure even though engineers have determined there is still another 50 years of mining at full schedule available in the area, if and when the market price dictates profits. In recent years the only coal mining activity in the little town is •one train in and out once a day bringing coal in from a surrounding mining area for cleaning. Raising fresh fruits and vegetables is not an option, nor is raising animals for food or milk, since only a 20-foot plot of ground surrounds a home with a cliff bordering the property in the rear, and mountains meeting the one lane road in the front. With the exception of a couple of roosters used for illegal cock fighting, not even a chicken is on the premises to supply eggs. Flooding closed down the school system in The Holler that, in turn meant a 40-minute bus ride to the nearest school and entailed an entire day from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. for kids of all ages. Mary's granddaughter Tammie now carries on her grandmother's work with home cleaning in the area at a rate of $7 an hour as opposed to $1.50 a day, when grandma was supporting 11 children. Lack of jobs being second nature to the area, the folks there plug along day-to-day and pick and sing in small groups to while away the time as they did one evening when four of them organized a evening of entertainment on a makeshift stage and insisted the North Country volunteers take center stage and, in turn; entertain the locals. As the North Country kids stood back and assessed completion of four days of renovations on Mary's bedroom, and the joy they Continued on page 3 appreciative of the businesses that offer to be a part of our program.\ Ginger Thomas, who also works in the transitional services section at Southwest Tech, presented a slide show to the board and discussed what some of this year's 19 students do on a day-to- day basis. Helene Mellon, Director of Instruction and Staff Development, also made a brief presentation to the board discussing the various program offered to district schools, Some of the services offered include: shared teachers, summer sclioixl programs, exploratory or eirrichment programs, performing artS| arts in education programs and e?etra curricular activities.\ Board of Education President Nancy Cappellino thanked the BOEES staff members and board members for the presentation. \\\We've been partners with :Sou!huvest Tech, and BOCES, for a fang, long time and have always felt that the relationship is a great one; \We work very well together, and look forward to many continued successes,\ said Mrs.. Cappellino. The early childhood curriculum at Southwest Tech is always one of the most popular programs offered at Southwest tech. Youngsters interact with a SWT student in the above photo. 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