MEXICO – Started in 1949 as the Oswego Board of Cooperative Educational Services, the newly rebranded Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation is now celebrating its 65th anniversary.
First established to provide cost-effective shared educational programs and services to school districts throughout Oswego County, CiTi now serves a student population of approximately 22,000 and provides a diverse mix of innovative student programs as well as educational and management support services to school districts in Oswego County and beyond.
CiTi has evolved over the years to include a focus on preparing students for their role in the local and global economy while working with school districts to close any gaps in student achievement.
The organization also continues to serve the community by offering high school equivalency diplomas, enrichment classes and adult literacy lessons.
According to CiTi District Superintendent Christopher Todd, one constant that the organization has provided since its establishment in 1949 is the fact that it continues to provide opportunity.
“Since BOCES was originally established, we have seen BOCES flourish all over the state based on the fact that they were established to provide opportunity,” Todd said. “And they have changed and continue to change to adapt to the regional needs.”
A 65th anniversary cake, complete with the CiTi’s logo, was presented during a recent board of education meeting as a way to celebrate the organization’s achievement of 65 years of educational services.
Since the rebranding was announced in early September, Todd said he has refocused his attention to the idea of the organization being the “center” of educational needs.
“Not only is our Mexico campus in the geographical center of the county, but it’s the place where students, teachers and districts can come for a multitude of different educational needs,” Todd said.
With a long history in Oswego County, the organization looks forward to all the opportunities the future presents, including the completion of its first major renovation project in decades.
If you want a sneak peek at some of the new spaces, join us for the Career and Technical Education open house scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 5 at CiTi’s Mexico campus.
You can also find CiTi on Facebook by searching for the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation, where alumni are encouraged to discuss the positive impact of a CiTi education.