What's Happening at Barry Tech!
There is so much that happens here at Barry Tech on a regular basis. Below you will find some highlights of some events that took place over the past month. As you will see, there are great things that happen here. Enjoy! – Pete Dalton, Principal
Randi O’Moore hosted a guest speaker from MTA/NYC Transit for the Auto Tech Year 2 students. Ms. Buchanan came to Barry Tech to recruit our seniors for a Mechanic’s (Maintainer’s) Helper positions. The MTA is currently looking to hire over 600 employees to replace their aging worker population who already have retired and some who are retiring in the near future. Our students were mesmerized by the opportunity offered to them to complete the application on-site as well as having the $61 application fee waived for them. With our 900-Hour Auto Tech program completion, our students qualify for this position. The applicants will be required to take a 60-80 question multiple choice automotive test to be considered for employment. The MTA will do a background, license and drug test on all applicants before they can be hired. We are confident that we will have many of our graduates employed by the MTA upon their graduation. This was a wonderful opportunity offered to our students and we are thankful to the MTA for selecting us.
College Fair/Parent Open House/College Night
The annual Barry Tech College Fair/Parent Open House/College Night was held on Monday, November 6th, the College Fair offers students a wonderful opportunity to speak with a variety of colleges, universities and representatives from the Armed Forces. Prior to the fair, school counselors led classroom discussions on what to expect, what questions to ask each college representative and the programs offered by each college. These discussions prepare students to make a great first impression on the admissions officer who may be evaluating their college application and to successfully navigate the college fair. This year’s event hosted 47 colleges, including eight SUNY, six CUNY, the Culinary Institute of America as well as the New York State Police, US Customs and Border Patrol and the Nassau and Suffolk Police departments.
Parent Open House and College Night took place on Monday evening. Parents had the opportunity to visit classrooms and meet with teachers and college representatives.
The second annual Barry Tech Veterans Day celebration was held on November 9th to honor members from all branches of the military. Veteran guest speakers shared their experiences in the Armed Services with students during a special ceremony and helped students develop an appreciation for veterans and their work. Special guests included veteran family members of Nassau BOCES students and staff and the AMVETS Post 88 Honor Guard and its members. In the morning, guest speaker and retired Colonel Michael DeMartino spoke to students about his service as a United States Army Officer. He discussed how his experience shaped the person he is today and helped him grow both personally and professionally. In the afternoon, guest speaker and Barry Tech alumni Keith Ross discussed how his experience in the Barry Tech Aviation program prepared him for his successful career as a pilot. Some of his accomplishments include earning his commission as an officer working as a pilot in the United States Air Force Reserves in the 76th Air Refueling Squadron, becoming a copilot on the McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender, and becoming an Aircraft Commander leading crews on worldwide air refueling and cargo missions.
Video Production and Digital Film Making
A representative from SportsNet New York (SNY) visited our Video Production and Digital Film Making class to discuss future workshops and an upcoming Film Festival that they would like to see us participate in. Students will be visiting the NYC studios and they will be coming to Barry Tech to conduct workshops for the classes.
The Digital Design class collected and delivered over 575 food items to the New Life Center in Uniondale. The students also designed custom Thanksgiving cards to be included in the Thanksgiving baskets given to those in need.