OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City School District is poised to offer a new program that will give Oswego High School graduates a leg up heading to college or entering the workforce.
“I’ve been working on something for about a year now and it just got approved by the New York State Education Department for OCSD. It’s called a Career and Technical Education diploma endorsement,” Jamie Sykut told Oswego County Today.
Sykut teaches technology at OHS and oversees the TV production at the school’s television studio WBUC.
“Students can go through my TV program sequence that is set up and be awarded with a credential after completing it,” he explained.
The CTE endorsement offers a lot of opportunities for students.
“It is meant for students that complete a course, or pathway of study, in the high school,” he said. “It’s not an alternative to graduation. It’s an added kind of bonus, like a Regents exam plus something extra. So when a student graduates and gets their Regents diploma, they get a little seal on there that says they completed a certain program.”
It is a state approved program.
“Last June, I began researching the idea of creating some type of credential for the many students who are a part of WBUC/ the TV program at OHS for all four years of their high school experience,” Sykut said. “I came across a New York State approval process for a career and technical education diploma endorsement. Kim Nelson and I rewrote several of our TV course curriculums last summer as part of the paperwork to complete the application materials.”
They had to have several committees put together to look at the sequence of classes that start with freshman year students.
To receive this credential at OHS for TV production a student needs to complete a four-credit course sequence, 50 hours of out-of-school remote broadcasting (like graduation, community events, sporting events etc.) keep a portfolio of work, employability profile and to culminate the sequence they must pass an industry written test in the area of television production.
“On the list of approved programs, we are one of only three television production endorsements in the state! It is a great opportunity for students who are college or career bound to give them skills an employer would be looking for and to gain an in depth knowledge base on tv production,” Sykut said.
If a student is planning to go to college for this, it really helps them with their college and career readiness, he added.
“The board of education and the superintendent had to sign off on the application before I mailed it for approval. So, it’s all set to start in the fall,” Sykut said. “We don’t need any more staff or equipment; we’re doing more with what we currently operate under.”
It’s open to anybody who wants to participate.
Sykut wants to make students coming into OHS from the middle school aware of the program so they can take advantage of it starting in their freshman year.
The only added cost would be the industry standardized test, $24 per test for the kids.
The district already has an articulation agreement with Cayuga Community College, which means that they recognize the district’s programming for TV production.
So if the students go to CCC after graduation, they get college credit for many of those classes that they’ve already had. That is already in place. This (CTE) takes it to the next level. It gives the students an endorsement or recognition by the State Ed Department that what they’ve done is above and beyond.
Besides Oswego, a couple other county schools have a CTE in place.
Central Square offers Accounting and Finance; Information Technology; Marketing and Entrepreneurship. And CiTi has nearly two dozen including Auto Body Repair; Computer Systems and Networking; Construction Technology; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Digital Media Technology; Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation; Motorsports Fabrication; Nursing Assistant; Outdoor Power Equipment Technology; and Public Safety and Justice.