Student Spotlight: Visual Arts Communication and Tech.
When Brandon McGowan began his course of study at ONC BOCES, he wasn’t exactly sure how it might help him after he graduates this year.
But as June approaches, the Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District senior says he has a much better idea. McGowan is a Visual Arts Communication and Technology student at Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge. He is under the tutelage of instructor Lindy Mathisen.
During a recent class, McGowan said he is not looking to go into further academic studies or a career directly related to Visual Arts Communication and Technology. Instead, he is planning on parlaying the skills he has learned in the program to one day building a successful landscaping business. He is also considering going to SUNY Delhi, which has a two-year Landscape Design and Management program. That could lead, McGowan said, to pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
One of the keys to this, McGowan said, are skills he has learned in Mathisen’s class, which include Photoshop and website design.
“That could be very useful,” McGowan said, noting that marketing is important for a prospective entrepreneur.
McGowan said he has learned a lot, especially about skills he says would be vital toward marketing a business, including website and business card design.
“I can do that right now,” he said.
McGowan said his experience as an ONC BOCES CTE student has been great and is a good option for younger students, even if they don’t have a clear idea of what they want to do after high school graduation.
“I definitely recommend it. There is a wide variety of programs and all the teachers are extremely nice,” McGowan said.