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20130613_news_entamerEnterprise America

This 10,000-square-foot area education center is a proven hands-on program for middle and high school student who will learn how to be entrepreneurs in a simulated city. Children learn dozens of business and civic concepts, explore careers based in STEM (science technology, engineering and math) and prepare to become tomorrow’ workforce.  “Enterprise America,” modeled on a proven program, began in Kansas City and is available in only a few cities in the United States. The center and its programs and services are available to 3,000 schools within a two-hour radius of Syracuse with a potential reach of a minimum of 700,000 students in grades five through nine.

The program shows students more than any other program why they’re in school each day, learning about math, reading, writing, financial literacy, team work, critical thinking and citizenship.

This is applied, real-world learning, which gives students a unique glimpse of the adult world we’re readying them for – and why, staying in school and giving their best, is so important.

Learn More About Enterprise America

WCNY, Onondaga Cortland Madison (OCM) BOCES, and Onondaga Community College (OCC) have partnered to create an innovative educational opportunity for high school students – a two-year Career and Technical Education (CTE) Media Marketing Communications course. The course combines classroom instruction with hands-on learning experience alongside WCNY professionals.

Click to read: Turning Classroom Learning Into Community Learning by Jody Manning of OCM BOCES

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A new High School Equivalency (HSE) Test called TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) will replace the GED Test in the beginning of 2014.  For more information please call (315) 385-7335 or fill out the form below to find out how you can get started today.

If you have already taken and passed portions of the GED exam these, grandfathering GED(R) test scores: A candidate may use up to 4 passing GED(R) sub-tests (score of 410 or above) taken between 2002-2013 to count towards earning a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma. The use of these scores will be  allowed for two years (2014 and 2015). Candidates taking TASC for the first time must take all five TASC sub-tests. Each TASC sub-test that the candidate passes will be posted on the candidate’s transcript. If the candidate does not pass the TASC sub-test but passed the same GED(R) sub-test, the GED(R) score will be accepted as a passing score. If a candidate has already passed all 5 GED(R) sub-tests but did not attain the minimum total score of 2250, such candidate must pass at least one of the TASC sub-tests to obtain a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.

Visit for the latest information about high school equivalency information.

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WCNY connects parents with educational resources for children. Visit the Student section of our website to learn about Homework Hotline and Regents Review 2.0 television programming with online resources that help students with homework and preparing for the NYS Regents examinations. Visit our Kids section for information as well as educational games and videos related to PBS Kids programming airing on WCNY. To find out when your favorite television shows to watch as a family are on, visit the WCNY TV Program schedule. For programming highlights, contests and more, visit the Education News section. And don’t forget to visit the Events section for events you and your children can enjoy.

PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early
learning. It also serves as a parent’s window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs.
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The go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia is free for educators. Go there now at

Vital New York

New York State educators can find resources organized by the New York State Core Curriculum and by common subjects and skills for preschool, elementary and secondary grades. Log in or sign up today!

20130612_logo_cnyhistCNY History Minutes

WCNY, in partnership with Onondaga Historical Association and Le Moyne College, has produced Central New York History, a short series of historical biographies that share the stories of significant historical figures from Syracuse and Central New York.

20130612_logo_eriecanalErie Canal Minutes

As New York’s Erie Canal approaches the bicentennial of its opening in 1817, WCNY, with support from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, traveled the world’s most successful canal to explore the waterway as it is today. Along the way we met people who use the canal in a variety of ways and invited them to share their stories.

20130613_logos_war1812War of 1812

WCNY produced a series short videos called the War of 1812 Minutes, with the majority of them highlighting the important role the Empire State played in this military conflict. The minutes are based on scholarly essays from New York state historians.


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