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D’Youville Official to Chair Superintendents Advisory Council for Occupational Education for Buffalo Schools

Buffalo, New York – June 01, 2012 – Karen Kwandrans, director of the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program at D’Youville college, was appointed chair of the Superintendents Advisory Council for Occupational Education for the Buffalo Public Schools.

She will focus on awareness of the Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE) offered in the public schools as well as the successful collaborations with area businesses and post-secondary institutions.

The Advisory Council board at their spring meeting in May appointed her. CTE students were also recognized at the event for their significant accomplishments.

A four-member team from Hutch Tech earned more than $5000 in scholarships at a UB/BEAM event in May that had students from the area challenged to complete engineering tasks in and around the UB campus. The East High School Health Assisting Program and the Nursing Workforce Diversity students presented a check for $250 to Mercy Flight.

“Our CTE program has a 78 percent graduation rate in the City of buffalo, with 90 percent of the students going right into post-secondary training, employment in their career area, or the military. These are impressive numbers that people should be aware of,” Kwandrans said.

The Superintendents Advisory Council is comprised of business, post-secondary, trade and labor partners as well as representatives of the New York State Department of Labor and workforce investments agencies.

Kwandrans has worked with the Buffalo Public Schools for more than 12 years in multiple grant capacities and has been a member of the Advisory Council for ten years.

She has been the Director of the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program at D’Youville since 2007 and is an adjunct faculty in the Educational Foundations Department at the State University College.

She serves on the Perkins Advisory Board and is an Allied Health Board representative at Erie County Community College, a member of the Education Action Committee at St. Francis of Assisi School, and is on the board of the Western New York Professional Development Consortium.

Kwandrans holds a Master’s of Education degree in Technical Education from the State University College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the State University at Buffalo.

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