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CFES conference held in Bolton Landing

BOLTON LANDING - Ten Adirondack educators played a key role at the annual CFES (College For Every Student) National Conference in Bolton Landing on Nov. 13 and 14, 2009. The two-day event brought together educators from 125 schools and 50 college partners in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

Educators from Peru, Willsboro, Crown Point, Lake Placid, Minerva, and Ticonderoga Central Schools- along with colleagues at Paul Smith's College, Clinton Community College, and SUNY Plattsburgh- led discussions, panels, and workshops.

Dr. Stephen C. Light, Associate Dean of Arts and Science at SUNY Plattsburgh, was recognized for outstanding achievement in creating and sustaining school-and-college partnerships when he received the Mario Pe a Award.

The award is given to educators who "help CFES develop and expand school-college collaborations thereby increasing college access and success for underserved youth."

CFES President Rick Dalton said the Mario Pe a Award was a tribute to Light's longstanding commitment and hands-on approach: "One thing about a college partnership is, you set it up and that's all you've done. In order to work, these partnerships take constant care and feeding. That's what Steve has done."

The other Adirondack educators presenting at the conference were Chris Mazzella of Peru CSD, Laura Eldred of Willsboro CSD, Elaine Dixon of Crown Point CSD, Principal Heidi Kelly of Minerva CSD, Principal Bruce Tubbs of Ticonderoga Middle School, President John Jablonski of Clinton Community College, and President John Mills of Paul Smith's College.

Former Lake Placid Superintendent Ernie Stretton serves on the CFES Board of Directors and Steve Boyce, formerly of Ticonderoga CSD, is a CFES Program Director.

College for Every Student is a national non-profit organization based in Cornwall, VT. Since 1991, CFES has worked with over 100,000 students, and currently serves 132 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

Of the 1,600 CFES Scholars who graduated from high school in 2009, 97 percent are now enrolled in college. For more information, visit www.collegefes.org or contact Noah Feder at feder@collegefes.org or (802) 462-3170.

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