PLATTSBURGH — CV-TEC Director Dr. Barry Mack will retire after nearly two decades on the job.
“I’ve been really fortunate to be here for 19 years,” he said.
His letter of resignation was accepted by the Champlain Valley Educational Services Board on April 17; his last day will be July 31.
During his time at CV-TEC, Mack said, the percentage of high-school juniors and seniors from the school districts that participate in the school’s Career and Technical Education programs has increased from 17 to 27 percent.
The school has grown to include 23 career-path programs at its three main campuses and two off-site locations.
In looking back at his 19 years at CV-TEC, Mack discovered that more than 13,000 high-school and adult students have attended its daytime programs.
“I was surprised by that,” he said.
In the last five years, 93 percent of CV-TEC graduates were either employed or in post-secondary education. For the class of 2012, 59 percent went on for further education.
“I don’t think our public knows that,” Mack said.
He’s proud that 98 percent of last year’s CV-TEC graduates also passed the English language arts and math Regents exams. That compares with New York state targets of 72 percent and 73 percent, respectively.
Mack was instrumental in creation of the CV-TEC name and marketing campaign in 1995, as well as the change to Champlain Valley Educational Services from Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES.
CV-TEC recently released a DVD that highlights the career-training programs it offers.
The school has also unveiled a new marketing slogan, Launch Your Career, that is starting to appear on its brochures.
Mack was at the helm as CV-TEC partnered with Clinton Community College to create Plattsburgh Aeronautical Institute on the satellite campus at the former Clinton County Airport.