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Gateway Students Earn Recognition


MASSENA - Students enrolled in the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Gateway to College and Careers Program in Massena were congratulated on their recent accomplishments at a Recognition Reception at the BOCES Massena Adult Education Center in the Department of Labor.

A total of 27 students were recognized for achieving a variety of milestones including: completing courses, advancing to higher academic levels, obtaining National Work Readiness Credential, obtaining High School Equivalency Diploma, enrolling in college, enrolling in training programs, or securing employment.

Two students present for the ceremony, Julie Jessmer and Anthony Scott, have been accepted at SUNY Potsdam for the 2012-13 school year. Ms. Jessmer and Mr. Scott will receive their final recognition from the program upon successful completion of their introductory weeks on campus.

The Gateway Program runs in eight-week cycles. At the end of each cycle, students are assessed to demonstrate their progress. Recognition Days are then held, which include the awarding of gift cards from area stores, which students qualify for by their commitment and hard work. Walmart, one of the incentive card sponsors, also provided a congratulatory cake for the Recognition Day reception.

“We’re just really excited to be able to give you these incentives because we are so proud of your accomplishments and what many of you have had to overcome to finish your classes or secure employment,” Supervisor of Adult Education Lisa McKeel said.

Gateway is designed to help adults gain the education and skills needed to transition into college, training programs, or a new career. The program targets adults over the age of 18 lacking a high school diploma or unemployed/underemployed and looking to transition to new careers. Gateway combines academic instruction, career and technology training, a variety of workshop electives, intensive career counseling, and community partnerships in a comprehensive program for success.

Gateway to College and Careers is funded by the Open Society Foundations and is one of only eight such programs nationwide.

Based on the success of the Massena program, Gateway is now being introduced at the Norwood Adult Education Center as well.

The next Information Sessions for prospective students will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 in Norwood and Sept. 25 in Massena. Pre-registration is required and may be done by calling 888-360-7693, or online by going to and then clicking on the Adult Education web page.

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