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RCS career development program keeping students on track


RCS student intern assisting first grade class.
RCS student, Sydney Brooks, assisting A.W. Becker Elementary students with writing workshop.

As we continue to recognize February as Career and Technical Education Month, we are keeping the stories coming along regarding RCS’s Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) Graduation Pathway program. Today, we introduce Sydney Brooks. Ms. Brooks is a student intern for an A.W. Becker Elementary first grade classroom. A few days a week she works hand-in-hand with students and their teachers to help them keep involved in activities and class work. As part of her responsibilities, Ms. Brooks assists with the writer’s workshop, supports math lessons and works with students as they begin their journey in reading and comprehension.

“We highly value Sydney’s presence in our classroom,” said A.W. Becker Elementary First Grade teacher Jennifer McGuiness. “The CDOS program provides her an opportunity to learn about the importance of being an educator and reinforcing her beliefs to follow that career path. The students enjoy the opportunity to work with her and she’s getting the positive feedback to decide if teaching is a career option. The CDOS program has been a great experience for the district and we are pleased with the results it’s providing for today’s students.”

In the fall, Ms. Brooks will enroll in Hudson Valley Community College to begin her college studies. She plans to eventually transfer to the State University at Albany (UAlbany) to further her education and move towards a degree in special education. She feels that the experience is twofold as she receives an equal benefit from the program.

“I cannot imagine doing something else for a career,” she said. “The CDOS program keeps me on track for reaching my goals in the program and CDOS Coordinator Mrs. Martin is an important part of that process. I recommend other students to research the program and find out your passion and possible career path. The CDOS program has allowed me to understand the needs of today’s students and assist them with providing the proper care and attention needed to reach their specific goals.”

To learn more about RCS’s Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) Graduation Pathway program, contact Mrs. Martin in the RCS High School. The program is an effective way to learn more about yourself and the career pathways that could interest you.

“The CDOS program is a unique opportunity for those students seeking to learn more about themselves,” said Mrs. Martin. “It builds confidence, teaches responsibility and work ethic, while making RCS students aware of their own positive attributes. It’s a program that creates opportunities and makes an immediate impact for others.”