The YMCA is set to launch its first programs in Saranac Lake this spring and plans to expand its offerings later in the year.
Representatives of the YMCA, the village of Saranac Lake, the Saranac Lake Central School District, North Country Community College and Citizen Advocates met recently to discuss and refine the initial programs the YMCA could offer in Saranac Lake. Feedback from the community, through a survey and a public meeting held last year, has been used by the group to identify gaps in services that the YMCA could meet. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund (AFLEF) at Adirondack Foundation has awarded $58,445 in grants to 32 classrooms — from pre-kindergarten to high school — across the region.
The grants are helping French and Spanish teachers help their students acquire language skills and develop cultural awareness in the following schools: Ausable Valley, Beekmantown, Chateaugay, Clifton-Fine, Colton-Pierrepont, Crown Point, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Indian Lake, Johnsburg, Lake Placid, Lakeside (Essex), Little Peaks (Keene), Malone, Mayfield, Newcomb, Northeastern Clinton, Peru, Queensbury Union Free, Remsen, Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, St. Agnes (Lake Placid), St. Regis Falls, Ticonderoga, Tupper Lake. » Continue Reading.
Hudson Mohawk AHEC will once again be awarding up to ten (10) scholarships of $500 each to students pursuing a healthcare related education program. The recipients from last year’s awards that continue to be enrolled in an approved healthcare related program at a local community college are eligible to apply again for an additional scholarship. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), in partnership with the human resources consulting group, Adirondack Diversity Solutions, will host a 10-week summer diversity fellowship program beginning June 2, 2019.
This program is specially designed for college students from communities that have been historically underrepresented in arts organizations because of educational and economic disadvantage and ethnic background. Thanks to funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, these fellowships will offer free housing, a stipend of $6,000, along with reimbursed transportation expenses to and from the ADKX, up to $500 per fellow. » Continue Reading.
An educational program, “Emerging Invasive Forest Pests: Identification, Prevention & Management,” has been set for Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Education Center’s Classroom A, 40 West Main Street in Canton, NY.
The program will provide information on four invasive species in the Adirondacks, Asian Spotted Lanternfly; Asian Earthworms; Oak Wilt; and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, as well as a Hemlock Woolly Adelgid scouting trip. » Continue Reading.
This July seventy-two teachers from across the country will spend their summer break in a classroom six-million acres wide thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
“Forever Wild,” a week-long immersive experience for K-12 educators, reveals the historical importance of the Adirondack wilderness during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, including how Americans from bustling cities made use of the natural landscape during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. » Continue Reading.
One refrain I have heard from Adirondack leaders through the years is that declining school enrollments across the Adirondacks, with particular emphasis on the closures of the Piseco School and Lake Clear School, show the overall decline of the Adirondacks as a viable social and economic region. Blaming environmental policies immediately follows these statements. I have always argued back that there are many factors that affect school enrollment levels and that the changes afoot in the Adirondacks are far less severe than the changes that are transforming vast portions of Rural America. » Continue Reading.
More than thirty students from correctional facilities across the region are the first class of graduates from North Country Community College’s Second Chance Pell program.
The Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, provides need-based Pell grants to people in state and federal prisons through partnerships with 65 colleges in 27 states. NCCC is the only two-year college in the State University of New York system to offer Second Chance Pell, which allows non-violent inmates with less than five years left on their sentences to earn an associate’s degree. The goal of the program is to improve their chances of finding employment upon release from prison. » Continue Reading.
Wildland firefighting, a field that aligns closely with existing Paul Smith’s College academic programs, will now be a minor available to students.
Included in the minor is an Incident Qualification Card, known as a “red card” and a key certification for those pursuing work in the field. Educational background also plays a substantial role – the college’s four-year programs in Forestry, Natural Resources and Conservation Management, Parks and Recreation Management, and Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences are among those preferred by local, state, and federal agencies. » Continue Reading.
The Cornell Small Farms program, part of Cornell Cooperative Extension has announced online courses aimed at supporting small farmers, as well as those interested in starting small farms.
Courses being offered this year cover a wide range of topics including business planning, Quickbooks for farmers, vegetable production, woodlot management, commercial sheep production, getting started with pastured pigs, maple syrup production, growing mushrooms, tree fruit production, and more.
Courses are suitable for everyone including those who are aspiring to farm, just beginning to farm, or even those who have been farming for years. » Continue Reading.
North Country Community College has announced that those who’ve been unsure about going to college now have the chance to try it out at no cost with the college’s new “6 on Us” program.
Starting this fall semester, 6 on Us allows eligible students to take their first six college credits for free, a savings of $1,400 per student. The program is available to first-time, new to college, non-traditional students on all three of the college’s campuses: Malone, Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga. » Continue Reading.
North Country Community College has begun a series of free lectures at their Ticonderoga campus. Local history, career skills, and gardening are among the topics that will be covered. Among those speaking will be Pete Nelson, who will deliver a talk about the history of Bald Peak on June 28th, and on the life of surveyor Medad Mitchell on August 2nd
Most of the lectures will be given by NCCC faculty. All lectures begin at 7 pm and will take place at the NCCC Ticonderoga Campus, 11 Hawkeye Trail, Ticonderoga. » Continue Reading.
On Saturday May 19th over 150 youth rowers are set to gather at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for the annual Spring Wave, a regional youth open-water rowing competition.
Youth rowers from schools in Maine, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut will row a series of three heats in thirty-two and twenty-five foot rowing boats which were built in LCMMs boat shop by regional High School students. » Continue Reading.
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