Ulster BOCES Hudson Valley Pathways Academy (HVPA) students presented their final projects for the year—digital portfolios— to an audience of educators, industry leaders, and family members on May 29 at the Ulster BOCES Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning at Anna Devine.
The young scholars demonstrated the work they did this past year, reviewed their positive growth, and chose a word that described what their hopes were for the year.
HVPA student Anthony Ramsell, from the Kingston City School District, who is a Chapter 3 or the equivalent of a junior in a traditional high school, says enrolling in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) model school has changed him and his perspective on education and life.
“My expectations for the future are to always be happy, not to procrastinate, and to have better social skills,” he says. Ramsell says the school feels like a small community and the environment fosters engagement between both students and educators.
His mother Gail Ramsell agrees. “He’s very excited about the things he gets to do. It’s very hands-on,” she says, noting the real-world work situations her son experienced during industry challenges, including creating a more efficient shipping schedule for a local business to avoid product loss.
Garon Buchter, from the Saugerties Central School District, stood in front of the audience and shared that his experience resulted in his social growth. “In the beginning I could barely speak to anyone at all and barely participated in school,” he described.
HVPA, a unique educational experience, is comprised of a six-year pathway of study that leads to earning an associates degree and workforce readiness skills that puts graduates first in line for available positions with industry partners. At the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, secondary educators, colleges, and industry leaders work together to build a program of study that will ensure student success through this educational journey. Students enjoy smaller class sizes, real-world learning experiences, personal relationships with their teachers, and individual learning plans.
HVPA principal Peter Harris says, “They were asked to reflect on areas of growth, as well as the areas they need to grow in. The mindset of growth and positivity, which they have developed, is evident as they were listening [to their classmates’ presentations] and empathizing and sharing in the process of learning.”
The mission of HVPA is to develop and support pathways to higher education that lead to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math through rigorous academic programming and work-based learning through industry partners. This program prepares students to transition into 21st century career fields in the Hudson Valley.
Find out more about the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy program here.