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‘Always excited to go back’: Area youth take on the trades in summer program

Coda Sager of North Collins is pictured working on a woodworking project as part of the E2CCB Summer Enrichment program.
Wyatt Dabney of Silver Creek is pictured working in the Construction Technology classroom as part of the E2CCB Summer Enrichment program.
Middle schoolers from Holland, Silver Creek, East Aurora and North Collins recently spent a week exploring Career & Technical Education programs at the first annual E2CCB Summer Enrichment program held at the Ormsby Educational Center

Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES recently hosted its first annual Summer Enrichment summer program. Middle school-aged students from Holland, Silver Creek, East Aurora, and North Collins spent a week at the Ormsby Educational Center where they rotated between three courses daily: Culinary Arts with Chef Babcock; Building Trades with Paul Hoch; and Coding/STEAM with Dan Palumbo.

“We were excited to host 15 students from four area school districts for our first annual Summer Enrichment program,” said David Bogner, Ormsby Educational Center principal. “The students came in enthusiastic to learn about some of our Career and Technical Education programs and had a lot of fun in the process.”

Each day began with an ice breaker, from scavenger hunts to the paper tower challenge, and ended with a friendly game of tug of war or capture the flag.

“My daughters Autumn and Deanna attended the Summer Enrichment program and they loved it,” said Jamie Ruminski. “They were always excited to go back the next day. As a proud BOCES graduate, I’m thankful for the program opening their eyes to learning about skill-based career options.”

The program was supported in part thanks to a grant secured by E2CCB through the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. For more information about the annual Summer Enrichment program visit www.e2ccb.org/summerenrichment.

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