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Friday, October 31, 2014

Local Teachers Tour 8 Olean Industries

Dozens of teachers see industry up close

Tours for local educators stress STEM studies to combat brain drain

By Kelsey M. Boudin, Olean Times Herald 

OLEAN — In a mass professional development day, more than 70 educators from schools and institutions across Cattaraugus and Allegany counties toured eight Olean-area industries Thursday.

The interactions and presentations — facilitated through Dream It. Do It. (DIDI-WNY) and Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES — exposed teachers, guidance counselors and administrators to a wealth of job opportunities soon to become available for their students. To get there, organizers said, kids need to acquire skills in science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.).

But the participants weren’t all S.T.E.M. educators, said DIDI-WNY project coordinator Evelyn Sabina. She named a number of art, history, English and business teachers, as well as a school librarian.

“It’s so important all of the teachers see this,” Mrs. Sabina told the Times Herald. “No matter what they’re teaching, they know the students. A lot of our activities that we do — we have our presentations, tours and fairs — but the most effective way of getting the word out there is through the teachers.”

Participants included personnel from Allegany-Limestone, Austin (Pa.), Bolivar-Richburg, C-A BOCES, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Ellicottville, Elm Street Academy in Cuba, Fillmore, Franklinville, Friendship, Genesee Valley, Olean City School District, Pioneer in Yorkshire, Portville, Port Allegany (Pa.), Randolph, Salamanca, Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center, Wellsville, West Valley and Whitesville.

They toured Dresser-Rand, Napoleon Engineering, Eaton Power Systems, Scott Rotary Seals, Mazza Mechanical Services, SolEpoxy, Pierce Steel and Keystone Tool and Die.  Read more...

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

CHS teacher's should take this tour-Open up some minds!