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CORE in the News

Students and staff examine 3D printed objects
Milford, BOCES team up for tech-themed week


The Daily Star


MILFORD — Robots, drones, 3-D printing and virtual reality were among the attractions during Milford Central School’s inaugural STREAM Week event.
The celebration of science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math (STREAM) is a collaboration between the school district, Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES, and the Career Opportunities in Rural Education program, or CORE.
According to CORE Director Liz Rickard, the four-day STREAM Week program focused on a different area each day.
“It was a great experience to reach out to local organizations and make those connections,” Rickard said, noting that STREAM Week was also supported by the Oneonta World of Learning and the Catskill Regional Teacher Center.

Students Prepare For Modern Manufacturing Jobs
Adults and young people look at circuit board kids on a table

By Solvejg Wastvedt



Manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are growing steadily, although the industry still hasn’t rebounded to its pre-recession levels. But in New York, manufacturing has actually lost jobs recently, due partly to relocations and more automated machines.

A program at area schools is trying to train young people for manufacturing jobs that look a lot different than they used to.The new face of manufacturing needs workers who can solve basic math problems and program a computer.

“And that is actually the way the industry is going,” says Greg Ward, operations manager at Burt Rigid Box in Oneonta. “Computer science is going to be huge in the manufacturing industry.”

That’s where Liz Rickard comes in. Rickard runs an initiative called C.O.R.E., or Career Opportunities in Rural Education, at six schools in upstate New York. C.O.R.E. classes teach engineering and computer skills to middle and high schoolers.

“Creating this pipeline between K-12, higher ed, and businesses locally is really what this is all about,” Rickard says.

On the Bright Side: Area schools get grants for career-focus initiative


Jessica Reynolds, Staff Writer

The Daily Star


MILFORD — Toby Harmon, a ninth-grader at Milford Central School, said he never imagined he would be in a room with a senator. But that was the case at State Sen. James Seward’s press conference Monday to announce a special legislative grant for the school’s Career Opportunities in Rural Education Initiative.

“I have a feeling it won’t be the last time,” Seward, R-Milford, told the energetic young man, who was one of three former CORE students in attendance.

Summit highlights the science of job growth

Denise Richardson, Staff Writer 

The Daily Star


Area business owners and managers joined educators Wednesday to find a formula for matching students with STEM, jobs of the future.


Elements of the equation include classroom instruction, mentoring, job shadowing, degree programs, internships, and more, according to speakers and participants at a Workforce/Education Summit in Oneonta on Wednesday.


However, several educators in attendance also cited challenging factors facing students, including poverty, the need for core courses and for time to mature.

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