Engage in a Discussion on Innovation in Education
with Experts from OCM-BOCES
at the F.O.C.U.S. Forum on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:30 to 8:45 am in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Career and Technical Education Director Phil Grome,
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Colleen Viggiano,
& District Superintendent Jody Manning
will lead a discussion on how “Embedded Career and Technical Education”
provides unique opportunities for students while developing essential employability skills that give them a competitive edge for a college or a career pathway.
All are welcome!
OCM BOCES Embedded Program Description:
The Embedded Career and Technical Education programs offered at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES are designed to shift the traditional delivery of student programming from the classroom to the business setting. In an industry-based classroom model, students work alongside professionals in the field engaging in problem solving as they learn first-hand about of the many facets of the industry. Students are afforded the opportunity to produce authentic projects, use state of the art tools and equipment, and develop essential employability skills that give them a competitive edge for a college or a career pathway. Partnerships with higher education have added strength to the program rigor as students earn college credit in aligned course work that is delivered by college instructors. Through the intentional linkage of career and technical education programs with business and higher education, an alliance for innovative learning has been created that is vital in competing in our global economy.
District Superintendent Manning is both the Chief Executive Officer of the 7th largest BOCES and the NYS Commissioner of Education Representative to the 23 school districts in the Onondaga, Cortland, and Madison Counties. Prior to taking on the highest leadership role at OCM BOCES in August 2012, he served as a school superintendent, business administrator, building administrator, teacher, and coach in various districts. He is a seasoned school leader with over 29 years of experience. A 1999 Leadership Greater Syracuse graduate, Jody earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from the State University at Buffalo, his Masters of Education from Syracuse University, a Certificate of Advanced Study from the State University at Cortland, a Human Resources Certificate from Chapman University, and a Masters of Business Administration from LeMoyne College. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College.
Several new programs have begun under Jody’s leadership, including CNY’s first New Tech high schools, and six embedded technically endorsed Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs located at area businesses: Media Marketing Communications, Physical Therapy, Child Care, and Automotive Technology.
In 2015, he received the following distinguished honors:
He was inducted into The National Center for Education Research and Technology (N-CERT). N-CERT is an association of superintendents with a distinguished group of education-related corporate members who participate actively and collaboratively with the group. Membership is by invitation only and limited to 85 superintendent members and select corporate leaders across the U.S. and Canada. The group focuses on contemporary issues of interest to the CEO of a school district.
He was the New York State Association for Women in Administration (NYSAWA) recipient of The Maxine Giacobbe Award. It is based on contribution to the field and exceptional work with children from diverse populations, including children of color, to reduce gender inequalities and promote outstanding achievement.
However, Jody’s most important responsibility and accomplishment is being a devoted husband to his lovely wife, Maureen, and father to his two daughters, Alanna and JoAnna.
Colleen Viggiano has been the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES since 2004. As Assistant Superintendent, she works closely with school districts to design and implement programs to meet the diverse needs of students in Career and Technical Education, Alternative Education, Special Education, and Adult Education. She is passionate about designing innovative, engaging instruction that helps students find relevance in their learning. She has an unwavering commitment to reaching all students and ensuring each individual, regardless of their background or disability, has the opportunity to reach his/her full potential.
Phil Grome is the Career and Technical Education Director at Onondaga-Madison-Cortland BOCES where he has the responsibility for leading programs for Career and Technical Education, New Vision, and Career Development serving 23 school districts in Central New York. As a service provider he has the opportunity to partner with the local business community and institutions of higher education to help prepare our students for college or career pathways. He sees real value in creating opportunities for young people to experience hands-on learning in a real world context that is aligned with industry standards.
As a veteran instructional leader with a focus on student-centered learning and achievement, Phil began his educational career as a 9th-12th grade social studies teacher. He then transitioned to high school principal, district-level business official, and Career & Technical Education principal prior to serving in his current position. Phil’s credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, Social Studies from SUNY Oswego, a Master of Science in Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration from SUNY Cortland.