At the High School Student Recognition Awards on Wednesday, October 19, the RCS Central School District was presented with the Champions of Change Recognition Award from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) for the creation of the High School Career Cafe.
The NYSSBA Champions of Change recognizes innovative academic programs and environments created by school districts across New York and honors the individuals who created and support these unique programs. The Career Cafe was opened last year during the 21-22 school year, inside the High School Library.
Presented to Superintendent Brian Bailey, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Fred Engelhardt, High School Principal Lisa Patierne, Assistant Principal Herb Tedford, Board of Education President Edward Reville, and Board of Education Vice President Kristin Hill-Burns, by NYSSBA Area 7 Director Patrick Longo, the award recognized the RCS High School's hard work, dedication, and creativity when creating and executing the Career Cafe.
The “Career Cafe'' was created to provide a space for additional career-based opportunities, experiences, and programs for students to participate in outside of their regular classes. This highly adaptable space was developed to support the district’s goals of preparing all our students for employment, enrollment, or enlistment. The space is designed to be used for work-based learning opportunities, including but not limited to guest speakers, special events, restorative practice workshops, mini-classes on leadership, interview strategies, resume building, and much more. You can read more about the career cafe here.
Thank you for the recognition, NYSSBA!