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  • Southwest Tech Graphic Communications Students Work on Stop Animation Projects

    Check out some of the great first attempts at stop animation by our Graphic Communications I class and subscribe to their YouTube Channel to check out all of their work!

    Still from stop animation video at SWT

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    Job Fair November 8, 2016

    There will be a BOCES sponsored job fair on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Massena Public Library. Come connect with local employers in your area. 

    Job Fair 11.8

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  • Seaway Area Tech Students Complete Metalworking Project for Local Charity Event

    Seaway Area Tech Center in Norwood has recently began training their Metalworking Technologies students on the program's new Plasma CNC table. The integration of the programming with the technology of the table brings a new training opportunity to the program. The first production projects created with this new tool were sponsor plaques for a local charity event, custom-made by two seniors in the Metalworking Tech program.

    The Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures organization recently held their Second Annual Warrior Challenge Run. The students wanted to lend their new skills to this event. Using various design software, the students created custom plaques that will be given to sponsors of the event. Pictured below (left to right) are: Coleman Whitman (Canton High School), Mr. Ken Plumb (Instructor and WWOA organizer), and Noah Hargrave (Massena High School).

    WWOA Plaque Project

    The two students created, cut, welded, and painted these plaques. Great job to these hardworking individuals! Thank you to WWOA for working with our students to create these plaques  and for all you do for our veteran and active military members and their families.



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  • Agricultural Studies Academy Fall Fest

    ASA Fall Fest Flyer

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  • Community Connections Students Visit Adventure Bay Inn for Outdoor Experience

    Recently, the Community Connections Program based in Ogdensburg participated in an educational kayaking adventure day thanks to the support of Mike Stock, owner of Adventure Bay Inn located in Chippewa Bay.

    Leading up to the trip, the students learned about water safety and responsibility to ensure everyone had a fun and healthy adventure.

    Upon arrival at Adventure Bay Inn, Mr. Stock met with students to discuss employment opportunities, job expectations, and examples of private business demands.

    The students listened attentively, particularly when Mr. Stock shared stories about accidents with boat rentals, highlighting the importance of water safety. The students were provided kayaks and first paddled to Cedar Island. The student then visited Manzanita Island, which the students learned was first purchased in the 1800's for only $300. The owner of the island shared stories about the children who had attended school on the island.

    Thank you to all who made this exciting opportunity possible for the Community Connections students!

    Kayaking Students  Community Connections Field Trip

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  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Celebrates Annual Opening Day of 2016-2017 School Year

     On September 2, 2016, St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) welcomed over 600 faculty, staff, and administrators to the Opening Day ceremony at Ogdensburg Free Academy’s auditorium.

    Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ronald Burke was master of ceremonies, and District Superintendent Thomas Burns gave a presentation explaning what to expect in the new year.

    “With a lagging economy in the North Country and changes in state aid for schools on the horizon St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and the services we provide are more important than ever,” said Burns. “In the past 50 years, BOCES has been and is the single most successful intergovernmental vehicle in NYS.” 

    Tom presents at opening day











    To view Mr. Burns’ presentation, visit:

    Four employees received special recognition for exceptional service and dedication to the BOCES mission. Robert Domurat, Peggy Hayes, Karl Smith and Nicole Ashley were presented with the awards. Additionally, Michael Colby, an alumnus of Seaway Technical Education Center, was honored with a Hall of Fame Award for his contributions to his community.

    Several BOCES employees were recognized for their years of dedicated service.

    Recognized for 20 years of service were Tara Bartlett, Dawn Phippen, Susan Robinson and Carrie Runner.

    Recognized for 25 years of service were Jayne Carbone, Carolyn Mcpherson, Julia O’Brien, Ben Scharf, Brenda Schober, Carol Sibley and Kimberly Toomey.

    Recognized for 30 years of service were Cheryl Harper, Susan Hart, Debra Pearl, Sheryl Sabre and Deborah Smith.


    Recognized for 35 years of service were Maureen Bomyea, Susan Collins-Rickett, Susan Huntley and Kenneth Murray. 

    The Opening Day celebration marked the start of the 2016-2017 academic year for schools in 18 BOCES component districts throughout St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.

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  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Offers Flu Shot Clinics


    St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and the St. Lawrence-Lewis Counties School District Employee Medical Plan will again be hosting flu shot clinics at all three Tech Centers and the Educational Services Center. 

    The flu shot clinics are only for active employees that are participating members of the St. Lawrence-Lewis Counties School District Employee Medical Plan.  At this time, we are not able to accommodate dependents, retirees, or the public.  

    As a participating member of the Medical Plan, the cost of the flu shot will be billed directly to the Medical Plan so there will be no cost to you to attend one of these clinics. 

    There will be sign-up sheets in the main office at each Tech Center and in the mail room at the ESC.  Please be sure to sign up if you’d like to receive a flu shot.

    Below is the schedule for the flu shot clinics:

    Educational Services Center

    Wednesday, October 5th

    9:00 am – 11:00 am


    Southwest Tech Center

    Wednesday, October 5th

    2:15 pm – 3:15 pm


    Northwest Tech Center

    Wednesday, October 12th

    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


    Seaway Tech Center

    Friday, October 14th

    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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  • Adirondack Folk Singer Visits BOCES Summer School


    Alex Smith, a folk singer from Long Lake, NY recently treated the Potsdam BOCES summer school program to a performance. Students danced along to the music and one BOCES student even joined Alex onstage for a sing-along. To learn more about Alex and his music, visit


    Alex Smith plays for a group of BOCES students.

    Alex and a student perform for BOCES Summer School.

    BOCES students dance to music by Alex Smith

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  • Northwest Tech Students Learn About Police Dogs

    K9 Agents from the US Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security in Ogdensburg, NY recently provided the Northwest Technical Center criminal justice students a demonstration on the application and use of police dogs.  


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    BOCES Wears Purple for Stephanie McKeel


    Staff and students wore purple today to show support for our student Stephanie McKeel, who is battling Cystic Fibrosis.



    Seaway Tech




    Northwest Tech




    BOCES ESC Staff

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    'Paying it Forward' at Seaway Tech

    Seaway Tech recently held a Movie Night Basket contest. Students had to guess how many gums were in the bucket. The prize was a basket full of movies, snacks, drinks and your choice of a Seaway Tech hoodie/t-shirt. The catch if you win was to give out a Pay It Forward prize. The winner was able to pick a friend to win the bucket of gum and a Seaway Tech hoodie/t-shirt. Anthony Foster was our lucky basket winner. He decided to give the hoodie to someone outside of Seaway planning to attend next year. The bucket of gum he graciously decided to share with his entire Culinary Arts class! Congratulations Anthony!



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  • Northwest Tech Alumna Named JCC Honors Student of the Month

    Dia M. MacKay, of Madrid, is the featured Jefferson Community College (JCC) Honors Program student of the month for February 2016. Dia was a 2015 graduate from the Criminal Justice program at Northwest Tech.  Dia was also student of the month at Northwest Tech as a senior in October 2014.  Congratulations to Dia; keep up the good work! 




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  • Community Connections Classes Visit Wild Center

    Students in Canton Community Connections classes recently stepped out of the classroom for a fun and educational excursion to Tupper Lake. Students in Lisa Ames and Bryan Burnett's classes visited the Wild Center for exploration and team building activities to enhance social relations and define roles within teams.

    Wild Center

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