HFM BOCES Special Education division work-based learning program partners with local businesses to provide real world job experiences to HFM students.
Students identify job interests and are placed at work sites selected by them and BOCES. Students learn both job specific skills and general workplace skills. Job-training specialists supervise and meet regularly with students to provide valuable feedback and coaching.
Student earn hours of work experience that can lead to graduation with a New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential.
The special education division work-based learning program can also lead to employment directly after high school with participating employers.
The New York State Board of Regents established the CDOS credential in 2013 to recognize an individual student’s preparation and skills for post-school employment. In the past, many students graduated with an individualized education program (IEP) diploma. The Regents created the new credential for students with disabilities who are exiting with a regular high school diploma to provide the additional opportunity to recognize the students’ work readiness skills.
HFM BOCES thanks our local business partners who provide this indispensable opportunity:
- Baia’s Auto Detailing
- FMCC Evans Library
- Fulton County Meals for Seniors
- Getman Memorial Home
- Handy Ups & Downs
- Hannaford (Bakery)
- Harvey’s Home, Garden & Pet Center
- HFM Cafeteria
- HFM Maintenance (John Walrath)
- House of Pizza
- Johnstown Animal Clinic
- Kingsboro Lumber
- Meg’s Beauty & Beyond
- Mrs. Lomanto’s UPK Class (Meco Elementary School)
- NERIC @HFM BOCES
- Noble Ace Hardware
- Paul’s Auto Body
- Pizza Hut
- Plaza’s Italian Bistro
- Price Chopper (Bakery)
- Rizzo Farm
- Ruby & Quiri
- Schlegel’s Auto Service Center
- Stewart’s (Main St)
- Super Shoes
- Tractor Supply