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SUNY-ESF Partners with OCM BOCES for New Vision

Experiential learning for high school seniors


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has teamed up with OCM BOCES to provide an innovative learning experience for college-bound high school seniors.

Beginning in fall 2002, seniors can attend ESF and take up to 6 college credits as part of New Vision, a comprehensive program that enables students to gain real-life knowledge and experience in the environmental field.

Students will examine environmental issues and impacts and conduct field-site research. Through mentorships with environmental professionals, students will gain an understanding of various environmental science careers. Program topics will include forestry, fish and wildlife, soil and water, energy and technology, land use, and environmental issues.

Participating students do not have to give up their senior year in high school to be a part of the New Vision program. They will spend one to three periods at their high school, then from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. take classes on the ESF campus. Students then return to their home school for extracurricular or sport activities.

"This is very hands-on, experiential learning," said Dr. Charles M. Spuches, associate dean.

The ESF initiative is the only environmental science New Vision program offered by OCM BOCES and it marks the first time BOCES has teamed up with the college.

Interested students are invited to attend an open house Feb. 12 and 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 19 Moon Library on the SUNY-ESF campus. For more information regarding the open house or the New Vision program at ESF, contact Tricia Abbott, OCM BOCES coordinator of secondary programs, 315-453-4481 or 453-4477, or Dr. Charles Spuches, associate dean, 315-470-6817. Information about the New Vision program is also available on the ESF Web site at www.esf.edu/newvision.

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