BOCES 2 CWD Adult Student Receives Statewide Student of the Year Award
Patricia Douglas received the New York Association for Continuing and Community Education (NYACCE) Student of the Year award in Albany. She is an adult student in the High School Equivalency (HSE) class at the Monroe 2-BOCES Center for Workforce Development (CWD) in Gates.
Her CWD teacher, Theresa Parsons, nominated Douglas for the award. In her nomination letter, Parsons wrote, “Patricia left High School in the tenth grade due to unfortunate life circumstances. After years away from education, Patricia summoned the courage to try attending school again. Douglas joined the HSE class one year ago at the Center for Workforce Development and has consistently achieved gains. She works diligently every day to meet her goal and achieve her High School Equivalency.”
“I returned to school because this has always been a goal to me. Even when I was told many years ago by a mentor that I could never do it,” said Douglas. “All the staff members at CWD have shown me that they have confidence in me, that I can do this.” Upon winning the award, Douglas said, “I finally feel like I was noticed in what I do to try to help others and also that I was not invisible. All I ever wanted to do was to help others in my lessons, to be positive, and remind others to not give up on their goals.”
At 65, Douglas owns a small and successful hat making business, Patty D Originals, and is a patent holder. “This diploma will opens doors for me,” she said. “Maybe, I can go to college. It would be a good challenge for me.”
In addition to receiving the NYACCE Student of the Year Award. Douglas was honored before her HSE class in a ceremony by BOCES 2 CWD Director Tom Schulte (l-r); her current teachers Andrea Parker and Carolyn Yarton; Senator Joseph Robach; BOCES2 Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Programs Tim Dobbertin; and BOCES 2 District Superintendent JoAnne Antonacci. Senator Robach presented Douglas with a certificate. All agreed she is an inspiration to them and to her fellow HSE adult students.
Douglas continues to work on obtaining her HSE and hopes to graduate in 2020.
Elizabeth, Dental Assisting Program Graduate
It is Elizabeth’s goal to be a dental hygienist. She had originally planned to attend a two-year college to pursue an associate degree. However, the cost and time involved in earning that degree was prohibitive at this point in her life.
After researching other dental programs, she found the Dental Assisting program at CWD.
“I was excited to be able to pursue a program that was less expensive and offered me a faster route to working in the dental field,” she said.
“I am really looking forward to working as a dental assistant. There’s such a variety in the job duties which will give me great experience until I am ready to go back to school for dental hygiene.”
Sarah, Medical Office Assistant Program Graduate
When Sarah received the Center for Workforce Development Program Guide in the mail, she didn’t know her life was about to take a new direction. After reading the information on the Medical Office Assistant program, she decided it was something she wanted to pursue.
“The instructors were wonderful,” said Sarah. “I really appreciated their personalized approach to learning and the way they got to know the people in the class.”
Sarah was hired for a long-term temp position through Robert Half International as a P4P Quality Analyst at Rochester Regional Health before she graduated from the program.
“There are so many things you can do with this training, and the internships provide a way to explore those different areas. CWD really opens doors,” she noted.
Vincent, Welding Certificate Program Graduate
Vincent finished his welding certificate program with CWD and was looking forward to the opportunities the training provides. After working at a ski resort in Colorado for six years, Vincent was ready for a career that offered more opportunities for advancement and continuous learning. He had been thinking about welding as a career and began looking into training programs both in Colorado and around Spencerport, where he was originally from.
“The training program at CWD is so affordable compared to the other options I found, and it offers flexibility with my schedule,” Vincent said. “I am very happy with my choice to attend training here.”
Vincent credits the instructors at CWD with fueling his love of the program and helping him to figure out where he wants to take his skills. “I have a bachelor’s degree and good work experience. Now with this training, I have lots of options to explore for my career path. I am excited for the opportunities.”