Cornell Educational Psychology Class Partners with Career Skills Program

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students shaking handsThe TST BOCES Career Skills Program continues a collaboration with the Cornell University Educational Psychology class that provides a unique educational opportunity for students in both programs.

Students from Career Skills are paired up with “college buddies” in the Educational Psychology class, a course taught by senior lecturer Dr. Bryan Duff. Each week the Career Skills students travel from TST BOCES to Cornell University to spend time with participating Educational Psychology students.

“No matter how compelling the research or how vivid the stories, students don’t really own the questions, concepts and tools of educational psychology until they try to use them for planning, troubleshooting and reflection,” Dr. Duff said. “And there’s no better motivator to do this hard work than the respect and affection that my students feel for their BOCES buddies.”

Together, students work on a number of skills to help prepare participating BOCES students to enter the workforce, such as practice job interviews. The partnership helps BOCES students develop important soft skills and provides an invaluable real-world opportunity for Cornell students to work with BOCES students.

“The TST BOCES Career Skills program in partnership with Professor Duff’s Educational Psychology class is a fun and meaningful way for Cornell students to spend ‘fieldwork’ time building relationships with the BOCES students that they have been paired with,” said former Educational Psychology student Caitlin Garbo. “It is important for the students to understand that learning does not just happen in theory and for them to get hands on experience, while also helping out in our community.”

The Career Skills program’s involvement at Cornell is supported by the Cornell Public Service Center, which helps connect Cornell students with community organizations and public service opportunities.