SARANAC LAKE – To help address the local teacher shortage, Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES is expanding its New Vision Education program to the Tri-Lakes region this fall.
Through New Vision Education, high school students in the Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid Central School Districts can explore a variety of educational careers.
FEH BOCES launched New Vision Education in North Franklin County in 2020. The following year, school districts in the FEH BOCES South Region expressed interest in the program, so BOCES began collaborating with them to launch the program this school year.
“The Malone program is still young, but we’ve already seen a lot of promising results from it, so we’re excited to launch New Vision Education in Saranac Lake,” said FEH BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Lori Tourville. “As schools across the North and across the country face a shortage of staff, we hope this program will help create a pool of students who will return to work in our school systems after completing their training.”
Students in the program will spend half of each school day at Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake. They will combine theoretical study with practical learning, gaining experience in real classrooms.
Students who complete it come away with a handful of hands-on training and certifications, including CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse and Abuse Mandated Reporter, Dignity for All Students and more.
Since the program also includes college-level work, students will be able to earn an associate’s degree one year after graduating from high school. They will also be eligible to work in their home school district as a paid substitute while in college.
Kara Munn has signed on to teach the program. Munn is a Saranac Lake teacher who has focused on intervention, providing extra reading and math help to students who are at risk of not meeting their grade level goals. She will continue to do this work when the New Vision Education program is not in session.
“I am thrilled to launch this new program,” Munn said. “I love the hands-on learning model used by FEH BOCES New Vision programs, and I’m excited to help train our next generation of local teachers.”
Students interested in New Vision Education will need to apply to be part of the program and they should be able to do college-level work.
Anyone senior from Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake or Long Lake wishing to join New Vision Education for this school year should contact their home district guidance office.
FEH BOCES also runs a New Vision Healthcare Exploration Program in its South End, with students exploring healthcare careers while taking courses and gaining real-world experience at Adirondack Medical Center .
FEH BOCES supports 10 school districts in Franklin, Essex, and Hamilton counties with educational programs, instructional support, and operational support.