The next school year will see a new computer science program at DCMO BOCES, it was announced Wednesday.
The New Visions STEM Academy program is open to 8th- and 9th-grade students. The Introductory Course will be available this fall with the opportunity to participate in the full four-year program.
As a result of a successful collaboration with the Sidney Central School District, students will have access to new technology tools, software and state-of-the art lab facilities, according to a news release from BOCES.
Sidney School Superintendent Bill Christensen stated that the program lasts for four years, with successful students earning 15 credit hours from Rochester Institute of Technology for the engineering portion and up to an additional 21 in Math, English and other areas depending on their interest.
“With the ever-increasing costs of higher education, this initiative will help lessen the financial burden on both parents and students; and help position our students for a higher acceptance rate to RIT,” said BOCES Superintendent Bill Tammaro.
The program includes classes in Digital Electronics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Biological and Environmental Engineering. The curriculum will engage students in career-immersion experiences by incorporating hands-on projects that develop critical thinkers.
Students from all DCMO BOCES participating campuses will have the opportunity to pursue half-day studies at their home schools, and half-day STEM studies at the Sidney Central School.
“This program adds an engineering focus to education,” Tammaro said. “Students will earn credits in math, English and science even as they set foot down the career path of their future.”
An information night will be held at the Sidney Central High School at 6:30 p.m. on July 15. Interested students should contact their home school guidance counselor. To register to attend the Information Night, call 561-7700, option 3. Additional information about the program and an online registration link can be found at www.dcmoboces.com.