Niagara Gazette — Many of us agree and have continued to persuade our elected leaders to pursue local vocational education again. The current BOCES School is located too far from the population that needs this type of education and training. It should be easier to access than other types of learning as it provides an opportunity for people with lower qualification levels to acquire new skills.
This type of education is more appealing to these groups than general education and one research article I came across stated “it is closer to the labor market and usually includes work based practical learning rather than classroom based theoretical studying.” This brings to mind the Isaiah 61 project currently under way in Niagara Falls where construction skills are taught “on the job” through a partnership with Orleans/Niagara BOCES, and local interests along with the City Community Development Dept.. This has already made its mark on some of those enrolled and six more houses will be rehabilitated in the future.
Not everyone is college material but vocational and technical courses are a way to instill an interest and pride in learning and the knowledge which can lead to additional education or a career in business. Who knows what the future holds for some of these young men currently learning these basic skills one house at a time.
Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.