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Episode 31: Bruce Hoffmann (WSWHE BOCES)

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In this episode, Mike and Derek interview Bruce Hoffmann, the Work-Based Learning & Placement Coorindator at WSWHE BOCES! We and our kids have all had those classes that we just didn't want to take and asked the question "Why do I have to learn Trigonometry?" Bruce works hard to make sure his classes are the exact opposite - everything students learn from BOCES has a specific and real purpose! Give this episode a listen and find out just what kind of value BOCES has - not just for your kids, but also for you!

00:15 - Introduction

01:38 - What Does Bruce Hoffmann Do at BOCES?

05:15 - Workforce, Workforce, Workforce!

06:11 - Hands-On Learning

08:40 - What Happened to Wood & Metal Shop? Mike’s Experience

12:02 - Shoutout to Dr. Turina Parker!

12:44 - The BOCES Stigma: Moving Past It

14:44 - The Intern

16:54 - From BOCES to Bank: Placement Opportunities

19:12 - Getting Started with BOCES

23:38 - Setting Kids Up for Success: The BOCES Difference

25:15 - Running Out of Room

27:20 - Funding the Adult Programs

28:35 - Shoutout to Michaels Group, and All of Our Sponsors!

29:43 - Sponsoring BOCES Helps So Much, Too!

31:02 - BOCES Graduation: What it Looks Like

32:09 - Working with Home-Schoolers

33:07 - Reaching Students: How BCS Plans to Help

35:57 - How You Can Help

38:01 - The Typical Day of a BOCES Student

39:29 - Why Do I Need to Learn Trigonometry?

41:16 - Women in the Trades: BOCES’ Latest Initiative

42:46 - How to Get in Touch

44:23 - Drop Us Some Questions and Comments! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Bruce Hoffmann

  • Runtime

    45 Minutes, 34 Seconds

  • Air Date

    June 6th, 2023