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Lynbrook student first to gain automatic acceptance into college upon graduating high school through the Online Learning Academy

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Matthew LaVerda (center) is pictured with (from left): Elizabeth Bingham, Nassau BOCES Program Specialist; Andrew Rosenberg, Lynbrook High School Guidance Counselor; Dr. Deborah Mann, Lynbrook High School Psychologist; Salvatore Brescia, Lynbrook High School Assistant Principal; Matthew LaVerda; Dr. Melissa Burak, Lynbrook UFSD Superintendent; Elisa Maggi, Nassau BOCES Supervisor and Matthew Sarosy, Lynbrook High School Principal.

Nassau BOCES is pleased to announce an exclusive pilot program with SUNY Empire State College. The pilot allows any student who successfully completes an asynchronous class through the Agency’s Online Learning Academy to gain automatic acceptance into SUNY Empire State College upon graduating high school.

Lynbrook UFSD student Matthew LaVerda is the first recipient of this honor. He recently graduated from Lynbrook’s Owl Success Academy, which offers classes through the Online Learning Academy, and was recognized at a recent Board of Education meeting.

“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Nassau BOCES in providing an online learning environment for our students. We are thrilled to have one of Lynbrook’s students recognize the importance of obtaining a high school diploma and taking full advantage of this BOCES supported program. We are so very proud of him and the opportunities that now lie before him,” said Dr. Melissa Burak, Superintendent, Lynbrook UFSD.

The Online Learning Academy enables school districts to provide a variety of courses that in-district faculty or facilities may not have available. It provides a remote learning option for homebound or remote learners, enrollment in courses a district is not able to provide, opportunities for students who may be unable to complete full days onsite, and remote credit recovery options for students needing to complete courses outside of the school environment or beyond the school day. Students can enroll in a single course or a full course schedule.

“We are already working on programs to pave a solid pathway for student success once they are admitted to SUNY Empire State College,” said Elisa Maggi, Supervisor for Nassau BOCES’ Center for Online Learning. “We look forward to working with other New York State BOCES to eventually roll this program out across the State.”