Development of a positive working relationship has been a real plus for both schools, Mack said.
A Marine Tech Academy was created in cooperation with Ticonderoga High School and is offered there. The goal is provide technical training for employment in the marine industry, from marina operations to repairs and boat building.
The school is pursuing national accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education, a multi-year process that documents how it meets national standards.
“This will allow adult students to acquire federal financial aid while taking CV-TEC courses,” Mack said.
CV-TEC has 146 regional business partners that help guide its curriculum development to meet employers’ needs, Mack said.
The school was instrumental in development of the Work Readiness Credential Certificate Program, in response to a call from area businesses to find a way to give students more of the soft skills needed for a successful career.
The school’s adult literacy and training programs at OneWorkSource were recently recognized as “highly proficient” by the New York State Education Department.
Mack was named CV-TEC director in 1994.
“The board wanted someone to help it (CV-TEC) grow. I think we accomplished that,” he said.
He was the TEC Center principal at Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services’ Chenango TEC Center from 1981 to 1994.
Mack started his career as a teacher at Skaneateles High School in 1973, followed by a stint at Marcellus High School. His first BOCES jobs were at the Cayuga-Onondaga system in Auburn, followed by positions in the Delaware-Chenango system from 1979-1981.
Mack received the 2012 Leadership and Support Award from the School Administrators Association of New York.
“Dr. Mack’s strong visionary leadership has assisted the CV-TEC division to provide a high level of quality while also growing new programs and increasing career-path options for students in our region,” Champlain Valley Educational Services District Superintendent Craig King said by email.