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Tri-Valley FBLA Visits The Center for Discovery


     On February 14, 2019, seventeen members of Tri-Valley FBLA visited The Center for Discovery in Hurleyville, NY, including The Big Barn and THINC Lab.
     The Big Barn is literally a renovated barn turned into an educational space with classrooms, a kitchen, casual dining room, and artistic space for presentations, performances, meetings, and events. While there, students met with directors and staff who discussed opportunities The Center provides and what The Center is all about. The presentation focused on four departments: outdoor education, human resources, career paths, and nutrition. Each
presenter explained in depth the importance of their department and how each department helps students and residents. Members not only learned about the mission of The Center, but also the
opportunities with over 1,600 jobs at The Center from medical doctors to beekeepers. As part of the Sullivan County community, many of its current employees started at The Center in summer
internships and entry-level positions to become leaders of a very diverse organization.
     After lunch, FBLA members were given a tour of the THINC Lab where computer software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters are used to create solutions to everyday problems. In fact, one of the members, Bricin McAndrew, worked with the lab to create prosthetic legs for his rooster. Previously called the Makers Lab, THINC stands for The Technology Hub and Incubator. Director, Jason Kean, provided an informative presentation about a new assistive technology created at the THINC Lab called the IndieGo, which is a lightweight, inexpensive solution to the traditional powered wheelchair allowing greater flexibility in wheelchair mobility with zero-turn capability and portability. FBLA members enjoyed test-driving the IndieGo.
     As a token of our appreciation, the chapter provided Valentine’s Day flowers for each of the 45 residential houses. The flowers were arranged by FBLA chapter members with the assistance of floral design teacher, Ms. Tara Berescik, and her floral design students.