JOHNSTOWN - The HFM BOCES Board of Education unanimously accepted a $244,670 grant at its meeting Wednesday.
The grant is a competitive federal grant for adult education at the Gloversville Literacy Zone.
The Workforce Investment Act Title 2, Adult Education & Literacy Grant was given to help close the achievement gap in urban and rural communities of concentrated poverty and high concentrations of families and individuals with limited literacy or English language proficiency, the grant approval report said.
Members of the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Board of Education and administrators talk at the board’s meeting Wednesday in Johnstown.
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The Literacy Zone is a pilot project through the state Education Department designed to help adults move forward with getting GEDs, enrolling in college or obtaining other training for the work force, including test-taking strategies and computer skills.
For the adult education program, students will be tested until their scores reach a certain level and they can be given an official practice test.
If the student has a high- enough score on the practice test in each category, the student will be sent to the next available general equivalency diploma program.
Event after hours
The board also announced the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services will host a "Business after Hours" event with the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m.
BOCES asked local businesses to attend and advertise what jobs are available or going to be available. The event is intended for teachers, superintendents, guidance counselors and adults around the region.
"I've found since I've been around here that there is a huge amount of frustration from the employers in our area, even though there are hundreds of jobs in our area that are not filled because there are not people qualified to fulfill them," Superintendent Patrick Michel said. "I'm talking about jobs that require a certification or two-year degree."
Michel said he wants businesses in the area to showcase what they have to offer to guidance counselors to show students there are jobs available in our area if they obtain enough education.
He said he is expecting 175 to 200 people at the event and there will be food provided through the culinary arts program offered through BOCES.
Michel said he hopes to hold a similar event in February during the day for middle school students to attempt to motivate the youth in the community to start thinking about careers at an earlier age.
The board also passed its first readings of changes in policies for the coming year.
The biggest of those was the addition of a new policy regarding drug and alcohol testing.
The new policy was required due to BOCES involvement with the bus garages for Johnstown and Gloversville.
Any employee responsible for driving students in one of its vehicles is required to take a drug and alcohol test when they are hired and randomly once a year.
The drivers also will be required to take a test immediately in the case of an accident while on duty.