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  • BOCES College Day a ‘great opportunity’

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  • HERKIMER — Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES visual communications student Tori Peters wants to go to college for graphic design, and she had heard SUNYIT has some strong technology programs.
    At the recent College Day at Herkimer BOCES, Peters, 17, a senior of Central Valley, got to find out more information first hand by talking to SUNYIT admissions counselor Aaron Swancott.
    “I think it helps a lot because now you have to think about what college you want to go to,” Peters said. “It’s exciting for me because I’m excited to go to college and move toward my career.”
    Representatives from 31 local colleges attended the Herkimer BOCES College Day on Oct. 30. BOCES career and technical education students and college admissions officials packed the Leatherstocking Conference Rooms throughout the day.
    The Herkimer BOCES Future Business Leaders of America organized the event, said Tony Masala, FBLA advisor and Herkimer BOCES Information Technology Academy instructor.
    “It’s a great opportunity for students in this building to see what’s out there in their fields of interest as far as colleges and technical institutions, so that they get some exposure for their future,” Masala said.
    After talking with Peters, Swancott said he gets a large variety of questions during such events, and he always wants to give students helpful information.
    “It definitely gives students the opportunity to gain exposure to schools they haven’t heard about and to learn more about schools they might be interested in,” Swancott said.
    Clare Burth, senior admissions assistant at Herkimer County Community College, said she talks to students about what HCCC offers, and she encourages them to visit the campus.
    Herkimer BOCES students come prepared and ask great questions during the College Day, Burth said.
    “It’s an excellent opportunity for them to explore many colleges,” she said.
    Herkimer BOCES visual communications student Brian Ewanyk, 17, a senior of Little Falls, said he is interested in Cazenovia and Mohawk Valley Community College. He asked questions about internships, athletics and the grade-point average required to get in the colleges, he said.
    “I think it’s good,” he said, of the event.
    Herkimer BOCES Career and Technical Education Principal Kathy Fox said the goal of the career and technical education programs is to make students college and career ready.
    “Introducing students to colleges is an important part of helping many of the students through that process,” Fox said. “College Day is a chance for students to directly get information from a variety of colleges all in one place.”
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