Canastota Business Ed Department receives award

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CANASTOTA — The Business Education Department of Canastota Junior-Senior High School has received the Department of the Year Award 2020-2021 from the Business Teachers Association of New York State.

The department was recognized for having demonstrated exemplary evidence in areas such as the CTE credential, specialized courses, work-based learning, and college credit, according to the award announcement which also lauded the school for its contributions for the development and advancement of business and marketing education.

In addition to its classes, the Canastota Business Department also engages students with virtual guest speakers as well as field trips and a job interview day (pre-COVID-19); a student-run store that sells an array of things including school supplies, clothing, art and music supplies, water, and snacks; and a Business and Marketing Honor Society. Additionally, students participate in a chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America.

“On behalf of the entire Canastota Central School, I am truly humbled and honored to accept the BTANYS Syracuse Region Department of the Year Award,” said Robert Esposito, the only full-time business teacher at Canastota Junior-Senior High School. “This would not have been possible without the support of our Principal Jay Altobello, Superintendent of Schools Shawn Bissetta, and the Board of Education. We are very fortunate to have a comprehensive Business Department. Business Education is imperative in all schools to provide comprehensive well-rounded educational opportunities for all students.”

The Business Teachers Association of New York State said the department at Canastota Junior-Senior High School continues to use innovation and relevant topics to entice students to pursue the world of business. “All that they have accomplished and continue to accomplish truly makes them worthy for this honor of distinction in Department of the Year.”

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