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Director's Message                                        Summer 2012
Lester B. Leopold
Lester B. Leopold
Director of Adult &
Continuing Education
We are pleased to introduce the first issue of the Adult Education Division NEWS.


Our plan is to include articles and information for a broad-based audience including the Board of Education, school administrators and staff, community partners, and all other stakeholders in adult education.


You'll see announcements about our accomplishments, updates on site activities, department chair stories and briefs, as well as information about successful classroom practices.


We invite you to forward this information to your associates by clicking on the link located at the end of this newsletter.


 For more information on our offerings, visit www.UpSkill.org.  




Lester B. Leopold

Director of Adult & Continuing Education

Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division



P.S.   Your feedback is most welcome.  Contact me at (716) 888-7088 ext 119 or lleopold@buffaloschools.org

Featured Partner
Sr. Mary Johnice, right, with Adult Ed teacher Caitlin Denecke, second from left, and GED students at RTL.

Response to Love Center

It's hard to believe that there was a time when Sr. Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz was unsure about how best to serve a community in need.  

Awards & Recognition
NYACCE Student of the Year
S Ryan, E Jackson, M Grisanti
Elizabeth Jackson (center) with NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan (left) and NYS Senator Mark Grisanti (right)
Elizabeth Jackson, a student at Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division  has been selected as a New York Association for Continuing/ Community Education (NYACCE) Student of the Year.
Read more about NYACCE Student of the Year
COABE Outstanding Teacher of the Year 
Deborah Bokobza
Deborah Sales Bokobza, COABE Outstanding Teacher of the Year
The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) has selected Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division teacher Deborah Sales Bokobza as the winner of this year's prestigious COABE Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
Youth Program News
Career Collegiate Institute addresses student needs
CCI students discuss health and other issues.

The Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, and Planned Parenthood presented a three hour Teen Summit to the students at the Adult Education Division's Career Collegiate Institute now located on St. Lawrence Avenue. 


Read more about CCI

Interim Superintendent's Welcome

     Superintendent Amber Dixon

Amber M. Dixon

A message from Buffalo Public Schools Interim Superintendent 

Coming Up!

New Cosmetology Training Center opening soon

CTC Groundbreaking
Board of Education members, district administrators and government officials celebrate groundbreaking of new center.

For information on applying and enrollment in the new Cosmetology Training Center, call

(716) 888-7088 ext 111 or visit www.UpSkill.org.

Featured Department: ESL
International Institute advocates for immigrant victims
Guest speakers from the International Institute's Immigrant Victim Services presented to ESL staff.
News Briefs

Adult Education Instructor produces inspirational video

Evan Thompson has been teaching non-English speaking people for five years. The experiences that his students shared inspired him to write and produce the music video

I Need Some Peace.

Life Long Learning with Online Courses
Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division offers a wide range of affordable, convenient, and interactive online courses. Whether you are looking to acquire new skills for career development or gain new knowledge for personal enrichment, you'll find the tools you need. All courses are led by expert instructors.
 For more information, go to BPSAdultEducationOnline.  
Computer Tip!
Computer iconSaving Microsoft Word documents in compatible format
Not everyone has updated to the 2007 or later edition of Microsoft Office. So a problem may arise when we send a Word 2007 document without converting it to a compatible format. However, it is possible to make Word 2007 always automatically save in 2003 format.  


Read more about saving Word documents


Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division

Literacy Instruction     Workforce Training     Computer Classes     Online Classes

Serving the Western New York Community



Visit www.UpSkill.org to view our catalog and complete list of available courses and locations.

For more information call (716) 888-7088 ext 100.


Cosmetology reception
New Cosmetology Training Center scheduled to open July 2012.
NEW! Cosmetology Training Center

Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education has introduced a NYS-certified 1,000-hour cosmetology training program at its new state-of-the-art facility conveniently located in North Buffalo.  The program offers training in skills required for obtaining a NYS license in this growing industry.

For information on how to apply and enroll, call (716) 888-7088 ext 111 or visit www.UpSkill.org.