Law & Govt

Students Learn About Law and Government in New CTE Class
Posted on 01/29/2020
law and govt

Seven students from the region are exploring a variety of legal and public service careers this year through a new one-year CTE program in Law, Government and Public Administration.

The program, part of the senior-only New Visions cluster, meets every morning at the Madison County Office Building in Wampsville, embedding students into the work and fields they are studying in the classroom.

Canastota senior Eden LaRonde said her favorite part of the program has been watching how the Board of Supervisors works.

“I have a real interest in the political side of things, so [I enjoy] seeing how resolutions become actual laws that set the precedent for the entire county…and how different levels of government intertwine with each other,” she said.

class at oral argumentsThe Law and Government class delves into the inner workings of local, state and federal governments and agencies, engaging students in discussions about the Constitution, the electoral process, different branches of government, public policy issues and current events. Like other New Visions programs at MOBOCES, the course places a strong emphasis on college prep skills, such as in-depth research projects, presentations and public speaking, developing a resume, interviewing and workplace expectations.

Students who are accepted into the program are eligible for nine college credits through MVCC in addition to credits toward high school graduation.

The fall semester included an opportunity to hear oral arguments at the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division and attending a panel discussion on business law at LeMoyne College.

Throughout the spring semester, students intern in various county government departments, including Social Services, Historian, County Attorney, Mental Health and Public Information. Some students have also been placed with local attorneys and elected officials.

By the end of the semester, each student will design, develop and implement some type of citizenship initiative related to their internship experience, and then deliver a detailed presentation of their year-long experience, teacher Liz Garofalo said.

For Oneida senior Jonathan Hubbard, his interest in history helped him land an internship in the Madison County Historian’s office.  He said the program is providing him with a unique opportunity to get ahead in his chosen career field.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to have an almost college-level education about the inner workings of government and society,” he said.