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Mandated on-the-job training for security guards course offered

MONTICELLO (January 30 - The Adult and Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is offering the Mandated On-the-Job Security Guard Training course on Tuesdays & Thursdays from   February 21st through March 2nd from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the St. John Street Education Center in Monticello. 

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Two fifth grade students play with a 3D printed dinosaur during a field trip to SUNY New Paltz
to see their own designs being printed in the college’s 3D printing center

Learning takes on new dimension for Lenape class

NEW PALTZ (January 22) – For students in Meredith Oppenheimer and Jane Beck’s class at Lenape Elementary School, math took some interesting twists and turns this school year.

Whether it was tweaking the angle of a roller coaster track, or choosing the right block for the foundation of a resort hotel, the class of Grade 5 students became budding young architects and civil engineers as they created their own virtual amusement park.

“We’ve done a lot of math,” Beck said of the project, in which students used 3D digital design software called Tinkercad to build everything from candy stores to castles from the ground up.

According to Beck and Oppenheimer, the project involved “intense critical thinking.” Students needed to understand how two-dimensional shapes were represented in three dimensions and they learned through direct experience how angles, direction, size, and other factors influence a design.

“Whenever my roller coaster went uphill or downhill, I had to adjust the track,” explained student Katie Otis, who said she enjoyed the design process.

To help them work out their challenges, and ultimately bring their designs to life, the students had some expert help. Michael Otis, Katie’s father and an engineering professor at SUNY New Paltz, visited the class once a week to provide guidance and work with students on building the higher level math skills used as part of 3D printing.

When the designs were complete, the class visited SUNY New Paltz to watch all of them being printed simultaneously on MakerBot 3D printers in the college’s 3D printing facility. While there, they learned more about how a 3D printer works and got a better grasp on concepts like printer resolution. They also had a chance to watch their teachers being scanned with a 3D body scanner, play with other printed objects, and talk about the future of design and 3D printing with Otis and other college staff.


The Chamber Foundation 2017 Scholarships now open

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 22) - The Chamber Foundation, Inc.—the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—is now accepting applications for a broad array of scholarships as part of its ongoing mission to aid local students seeking to further their education. 

Since 2002, The Chamber Foundation has awarded nearly half a million dollars in scholarships. To apply for any of the scholarships available this year or for more information, candidates should visit

All applications must be submitted online via the scholarship portal hosted by The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.  Applicants should create a login ID and password and will then be able to access his or her application at any time. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2017.

The Chamber Foundation, Inc., was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for local youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the Hudson Valley region’s future of economic growth. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service. For more information about the individual scholarships and to apply, visit


SUNY Ulster seeks participation from for focus groups on adult educational needs

STONE RIDGE (January 17) - SUNY Ulster is hosting four focus group meetings to obtain input from Ulster County adults who have never attended college or attended but never earned a degree. The purpose of the focus groups is to obtain the thoughts, ideas and advice of this group on how the school can better serve the educational needs of the adult learner in Ulster County.

SUNY Ulster is looking for both men and women, age 30 and above who live or work in Ulster County and have never attended college or attended but did not earn a degree to volunteer to attend one of the following four sessions:

• Tuesday, January 24 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (snow date Wednesday, January 25, 6:00 pm – 8:00pm)
• Tuesday, January 31, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (snow date Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 pm – 8:00pm)
• Saturday, January 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (snow date Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon))
• Tuesday, February 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (snow date Wednesday, February 8, 6:00 pm – 8:00pm)

The sessions will be held at the Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster at 94 Mary's Avenue, Kingston. A light dinner will be served at the evening sessions and a light breakfast on Saturday.

All information obtained during the sessions will remain confidential and will be used solely by SUNY Ulster to plan college programs.

To volunteer for one of the focus groups, please sign up online at:
or contact Mindy Kole, or 845-688-6041.


Delaware Highlands Conservancy accepting scholarship applications

NARROWSBURG (January 17) - The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is currently accepting applications from eligible high school seniors for the “Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship” and the “Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship,” both in the amount of $1,000.

The Yeaman Scholarship has been given annually since 2004 to a student planning to pursue a field in environmental studies in college, in honor of the Conservancy’s founder, Barbara Yeaman. It is open to students in school districts bordering the Upper Delaware River in New York and Pennsylvania. These include Hancock Central, Deposit Central, Eldred, Monticello, and Sullivan West in NY, and Wallenpaupack Area, Honesdale, and Delaware Valley in PA.

In 2015, the Conservancy established a Memorial Scholarship in honor of Vanessa Joy Van Gorder, who tragically lost her life on December 26, 2014. A recent graduate from West Chester University with a degree in education, Vanessa was passionate about the outdoors and loved exploring the lakes, rivers, and forests of the Upper Delaware River Region with her friends and family. The Conservancy established this scholarship in Vanessa’s memory and to honor her dream of becoming an educator.

The scholarship is open to high school seniors pursuing a career in education or environmental stewardship, in school districts bordering the Upper Delaware River in Pennsylvania, including Wallenpaupack, Honesdale, or Delaware Valley.

For both scholarships, students at eligible districts should contact their guidance counselors for applications. Applications must be submitted through the school’s guidance counselor for transmittal to the Delaware Highlands Scholarship Committee by March 30, 2017. Recipients of the scholarship will be notified in May.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the lands and waters, eagles and eagle habitat, sustainable local economies, and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region. For more information on the Conservancy or to make a donation to the scholarship fund, visit


SUNY Ulster Nursing Club collects Christmas toys

STONE RIDGE (December 17) - The Nursing Club of SUNY Ulster collected toys for needy children. This year the Angel Tree program will support Christmas Wishes of Ulster County.  The program began two years ago, helping about five families.  This year, about 700 children are on their list.

Christmas Wishes of Ulster County was established in 2014 by a local, single mother looking to help 4-5 families have a special Christmas. Now in 2016 they have over 700 children on their Christmas wish list



SUNY Ulster’s Vet Tech Club gathers donations for Ulster SPCA

KINGSTON (December 14) - SUNY Ulster’s Veterinary Technology Club gathered lots of great donations for The Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and delivered them to Kingston.

Pictured from left to right: Assistant Professor of Veterinary Technology, Sandra Wiltshire, students Chelsi Mitchell, Shaterra Smith and Danielle Evans


Dr. Hackett

Dr. Nancy Hackett joins SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees

LOCH SHELDRAKE (December 6) - Sullivan West Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hackett joined the SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees in November as its newest member.  Dr. Hackett was appointed by the Sullivan County Legislature to fill the seat recently vacated by former Board Chairman Russ Heyman, whose term ended. Her term will run through 2023.
“The entire board is very pleased to have Dr. Hackett join us. This is a win-win for all educational entities in the county,” said Dr. Theresa Hamlin, chairperson of the SUNY Sullivan Board of Trustees. “Residents will see the positive impact of this appointment, as ties between the high schools and college strengthen. Students, their parents and the college will all benefit from increased communication, improved strategic planning and ultimately, enhanced educational opportunities.”

Dr. Hackett has served as the Superintendent of the Sullivan West School District since 2012. During her tenure she has developed and implemented a $34 million budget; negotiated a 4-year teacher contract; a 3-year administrators contract, and a 4-year SRP (School-Related Professionals) contract. Under her leadership the district has also sold two vacant schools, and passed and completed a $5 million capital project.

Dr. Hackett earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership from the Warner School at the University of Rochester in 2009. She earned a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from the SUNY Brockport in 1997; her Master of Science in Education from SUNY Buffalo in 1987 and her Bachelors of Science in Physical Education and Elementary Education from SUNY from SUNY Brockport in 1975.





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