DCMO BOCES District Superintendent Perry Dewey and educators gathered on September 4,2018 to discuss the 2018-19 School Year. Among the exciting sessions was Mark Perna's presentation on a new career development approach that will impact over 500 students attending the Chenango and Harrold campuses. Dewey informed that the paradigm shift was critical when dealing with economic and community development needs. “We need to proactively work together to manage the alarming population decrease, respond to workforce preparation requirements, and prevent our youth from leaving the region,” said Dewey
DCMO BOCES retained the services of Mark Perna, a nationally recognized educational consultant who has led successful implementation of career development programs across the nation. Dewey added that the program’s success depends in great part to the involvement of business and community partners. “The time is now for all of us to work together to prepare our youth and keep them right here as successful members of our community,” said Dewey.
Perna, who is the author
of the new book Answering Why, led the planning sessions and coached all involved to follow proven success strategies. “I believe that today’s young people have incredible potential in the workforce; we just have to unleash it. The strategies we are implementing at DCMO BOCES will empower these students to make the most of their educational and career journey,” said Perna.
According to Dewey this is a leading edge approach to education that connects seamlesly to the organization, "Following our strategic vision to propel regional growth at a premier provider of educational services, we needed to step forward to curve the loss of young professionals leaving our region. Our organization is taking the lead to inspire multiple stakeholders to work together to promote our exciting local career and job opportunities,” said Dewey.
Employers, parents and community leaders interested in partnering to support this local career and workforce development efforts can contact Jennifer Waite-Ambra at 607-335-1234 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.