12/10/13 5:00pm
12/10/2013 5:00 PM
BOCES COURTESY PHOTO | Animal Science Program students present $600 and assorted sundries to Kent Animal Shelter Office Manager Linda MacDonald.

BOCES COURTESY PHOTO | Animal Science Program students present $600 and assorted sundries to Kent Animal Shelter Office Manager Linda MacDonald.

Animals at the Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton will be a little bit cozier this holiday season thanks to donations raised by students from the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Animal Science Program.

Students from the program, who are preparing themselves for careers related to working with animals, collected towels, food, bones, and quilts, and also raised about $600 by selling candy grams and muffins, to be donated to the not-for-profit shelter.

Linda MacDonald, office manager at Kent, said “one hundred percent will go directly to the care and feeding of [the] homeless animals.”

Students said they heard on the radio that the shelter was in need of donations, and asked their teacher Lisa Mongiello if they could hold the fundraiser for the holiday season.

“The goal is to develop and implement initiatives that support calm, confident, and caring kids,” Ms. Mongiello said, adding that teaching students social, emotional, and critical skills like the fundraiser will help them in interacting with people and animals.

The Kent Animal Shelter – in the process of fundraising to build a new $2.5 million facility – is a not-for-profit humane society proving a haven for homeless, abused, and abandoned animals until new homes can be found.

12/04/13 4:00pm
12/04/2013 4:00 PM
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

Eastern Suffolk BOCES has launched a new department that aims to better prepare students for the future and will also open a regional high school in Bellport which students interested in studying the sciences can attend starting next school year.

The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, known as “The Academy,” is a “transformation” of the career and technical education department at ESBOCES, officials said in a statement issued Tuesday. Its programs are offered to more than 1,700 students in 51 school districts and are designed to help students with college and career preparation and readiness, officials said.

Engineering, advanced manufacturing and veterinary technician courses have been added to next year’s class offerings. ESBOCES currently offers more than 30 classes in career trades and about 20 exploratory programs for students in grades 8 through 10 during the summer months.

The Academy’s programs are offered at the Brookhaven Technical Center in Bellport, the Edward J. Milliken Technical Center in Oakdale, the H.B. Ward Technical Center in Riverhead, and the Suffolk Aviation Center in Shirley.

In addition to launching The Academy, ESBOCES will also open its new STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school at its Bellport campus next school year that will have a concentration on engineering and applied science.

The school also is partnering with SUNY Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab, as well as the Long Island Matrix of Science and Technology and the Long Island STEM Hub, to develop the high school curriculum.

Last year, ESBOCES commissioned a 25-member task force to draft new programing that would meet the needs of high school students preparing for college or careers.

“We listened to students and parents and believe a newly-focused college, career and technical education-based curriculum will fill a void that has been missing in Suffolk County,” said Julie Lutz, ESBOCES deputy superintendent of educational services. “The ultimate goal is to close the gap between rigorous, relevant, STEM-based skills now necessary for success in college and the traditional academic coursework that is currently being offered at the high school level.”

jennifer@timesreview.com