High school juniors who are looking to bolster their college resume by enrolling in a New Vision course their senior year can learn about the program during an information night beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Sheldon Hall Ballroom at SUNY Oswego.
The event, for prospective New Vision students and their parents, aims to introduce students to the program and provide information ranging from the application process to the specific opportunities available.
“The night is not mandatory but it is a great way to get all your questions answered,” said New Vision team leader Dianna Nesbitt.
The New Vision Program is offered on the SUNY Oswego campus through a partnership between the college and Oswego County BOCES, and provides unique experience-based educational opportunities to college-bound seniors.
Students explore a variety of career fields, including law and government, health, business and other specialized careers.
The curriculum provides one high school credit for English 12 honors, one high school credit for social studies 12 honors, and two career and technical education credits.
Students also have the ability to obtain up to 12 college credits from SUNY Oswego.
In addition to earning academic credits, students will receive invaluable real-life experiences two days each week exploring occupations during diverse rotations throughout Oswego County.
The remaining three days each week are spent in a traditional classroom setting on campus.
In 2014-15, New Vision will expand by adding a business course, which will place students at sites such as banks and other financial institutions.
“I am very excited that we are able to expand on our successful New Vision offerings to include a business program,” said OCB Career and Technical Education Principal Marla Berlin. “The instructors will be able to place students on rotations that will expose them to a variety of business settings.”
The debut of this course comes just one year after the program expanded its offerings to include specialized careers, which offers internships in engineering, education, television production, journalism, veterinary medicine and more.
These courses join the two longest-standing offerings of the New Vision Program: Law and Government, which includes experiences with law enforcement, government officials, courts, politicians and law firms; and Allied Health, in which students experience the delivery of health care in various settings and at a variety of rotation sites, including Oswego Hospital and throughout the cities of Oswego and Fulton.
According to Nesbitt, New Vision has not only helped set students apart in their college application process, but it has also set them up for successful careers.
Former New Vision students are currently working in the political sector, providing a variety of health care services, and serving their communities in the criminal justice field, she said.
Students interested in the program must apply in their junior year for acceptance in their senior year and meet stringent requirements to be considered. Included in the requirements are a qualifying GPA, an interview process, two writing samples and letters of reference.
For more information about New Vision courses or other Career and Technical Education classes at Oswego County BOCES, call 963-4433, attend the information night or speak to your guidance counselor in your high school.