PNW BOCES’ Urban Forestry Receives CTE Model Program Status

October 15, 2018

PNW BOCES’ Urban Forestry/Aboriculture has been named a Model Program by the Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTE TAC).
Urban Forestry was given this distinction due to its high performing teachers and students. The program will serve as a model and be shared with other schools across the state, beginning with a presentation by teachers and staff at Hofstra University on November 16.
Urban Forestry teacher John Madden said he is proud of what his fellow staff members—and his students—have accomplished. “I have so many students who go on to own their own businesses and become very successful,” Madden said. “And there are many other CTE teachers and staff members here who helped us achieve this recognition.”
The Urban Forestry program offers four different types of certifications, including OSHA and heavy-machinery certification. Students operate state-of-the-art equipment and work with the BOCES Operations and Maintenance staff on campus projects. Recently they completed community service projects including clearing land for a firehouse and helping to build a dog park.
“The CTE Urban Forestry program is one of our outstanding programs that consistently provides successful employment opportunities for its students upon graduation,” said PNW BOCES CTE Director Cathy Balestrieri. “We are proud that it has been recognized by the New York State Technical Assistance Center as a Model Program.”
Bernard Pierorazio, CTE TAC Field Associate for the Southern Tier, said, in a press release,  “The enthusiasm of the Urban Forestry students is palpable. Having the ability to utilize the 250-acre campus of PNW BOCES allows students to immerse themselves in the vast wooded area and low-lying wetlands.” Pierorazio said that the program is well suited to career building. “These well trained students are prepared to enter a career where they will be in high demand, or continue on to post-secondary education.”
Students at the Yorktown firehouse they helped landscape. From left: Brandon Schaer, (John Jay), Ryan Gagliardo (Brewster), Cole Evans, Chris O’Brien (Carmel), Dylan Murphy (John Jay), Violet Coyle, Jack Gjushi (North Salem), Christopher Riechers, Colin Dodd (Brewster), Jack Lagan (Carmel), Shane Jawahir (John Jay). Kneeling: Ivan Oliveira (John Jay) and Dominic Raguso (Ossining).