Conference also tapped BOCES staff expertise in work readiness, insurance
Marc Peimer, a work-based learning coordinator and teacher at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School, was named Work-Based Learning Coordinator of the Year by the New York State Work Experience Coordinators Association. Peimer was honored at a March 31 dinner at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany, where he was also elected president of the association for the coming year.
Capital Region BOCES was well-represented at the two-day conference. Career & Tech Guidance Counselor Eileen Coffey was part of a panel discussion about employability and workforce readiness credentials, while BOCES Attorney Kevin Harren presented on Workers Compensation and School Certificates of Insurance along with Steve Carbone of the New York State Workers Compensation Board. Peimer was part of a team facilitating a workshop called "A Day in the Life of a Work-Based Learning Coordinator."
"Marc has spent the past decade working tirelessly to insure relevant and safe internships, job shadowing and cooperative learning experiences for Capital Region Career & Technical School students," said Peimer's colleague, James Haas, a coordinator of work-based learning and Middle States strategic planning at the school."Marc also has been active on a statewide basis in creating such opportunities and has contributed significantly to the New York State Work-Based Learning manual."
In addition to coordinating work-based learning, Peimer currently teaches MSSC-certified Manufacturing Technician, a course for adult students offered jointly through a grant with the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES.
According to Career & Tech School Executive Principal Terry Swett,"There's no substitute for the experience offered by work-based learning in a career and technical education program. If presented to a student only in a book or lecture, the same information would rarely be conveyed as effectively. Using the business community as a classroom familiarizes students with the world of work. They build career and life skills, become more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, and gain experience working both independently and with others."
Hands-on and real-world learning and problem-solving are cornerstones of career and technical education, and they boost student mastery of academic subjects. Work-based learning experiences at area businesses and through community service are key elements of the more than 40 courses of study offered for high school and adult students at the Capital Region Career & Technical School.