Thanks to a new technical program, some BOCES students will be receiving a high school diploma and and Associates degree together.
Instead of attending Central Valley Academy, Brooke Newtown decided to enroll in the first year of Valley P-TECH, or VP-TECH for short. This is a special program at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES, which allows students to receive both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. When she graduates, she will be a step ahead of her former classmates from Central Valley Academy.
Students, parents, teachers, and administrators have all had to make adjustments to a new way of teaching. “I feel this opportunity will open so many (more) doors for me than I would have had if I stayed at Central Valley,” said Newtown, who aspires to be a doctor. “I feel like I can finally control my own education. It’s a chance to go at my own pace and really get ahead.”
VP-TECH Principal Brittany DerCola has proclaimed the first year a success. She says that students who are moving ahead to the second year are taking a “tremendous risk” in their education, for which she has praised them.