The CTE Educator

A newsletter from Career Technical Educator Preparation

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Volume 3, Issue 1 (Fall 2022)

We are in the midst of Fall semester and registration for Spring has begun! Our department is not offering any winter session courses.

We hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season ahead!


Congratulations to all of our Spring 2022 CTE Graduates and those who will be graduating in December of 2022! May you find success in your future and touch lives through your teaching!

Please keep in touch and let us know what you are up to! We love to hear from you!


This is a list of highly suggested "to-do's" !

EVERYONE (Graduate and Undergraduate):

  • Check your Degree Works to see that your courses are filling your requirements and that you are keeping up with your degree completion; check with your advisor for clarification on anything.
  • GRADUATION IN THE NEXT YEAR? You need to apply to graduate - there is a link in your DEGREE WORKS.


  • GRADUATE STUDENTS - if you have COMPLETED 12 credits, you must apply for Candidacy - see your degree works for the link to do so.
  • GRADUATE STUDENTS - during your LAST semester of your degree program, you must sign up for and take the Comprehensive Exam - sign up now if Spring 2023 is your last semester.


When registering for courses, CTE 312/512 should not be taken until your FINAL semester of coursework before student teaching. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT; you will be dropped if you register for it before you should. THANKS!


Need to contact us? Here is how you can do so:

Dr. Benjamin Ogwo – Department Chair

· Dr. Jan Woodworth - Graduate Coordinator

· Dr. Star Matteson – Undergraduate Coordinator

Prof. Cynthia Thomas - Visiting Assistant Professor

· Administrative Assistant - Beth

Dates to Know:

  • First Day of Sping Session Courses - January 23,, 2023 (Monday)

  • Comprehensive Exam - GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY must take this exam to graduate. (Dr. Woodworth)

EXAM: WHEN: Saturday, March 25th, 2023 - 8 AM - NOON
WHERE: ONLINE - via Brightspace and ZOOM
REVIEW: WHEN: Tuesday, March 14th, 2002 - 6-8 PM
WHERE: Via ZOOM (those registered for the exam will be invited to the zoom

(must be registered by March 14th AT NOON)

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SUNY Oswego has changed online learning platforms from Blackboard, to Desire To Learn (D2L) also called BRIGHTSPACE. This changeover is now fully implemented; be sure to use any tutorial information offered as you learn this new platform, and rely upon the helpdesk for answering your questions. We are all learning!

If you are new to BRIGHTSPACE, go to:

and sign in using your credentials. You will not be notified when your courses open: Check Brightspace during the week prior to classes beginning.


This section of the newsletter will provide some links on CTE in the news; some informational, some entertaining, all important! Enjoy!


These items will make your experience as a student easier:

  • Whenever you contact one of your Professors for anything, please include your ID number - there are tens of thousands of names in our system and it is difficult to find you without it; this makes if easier for everyone!
  • Make appointments with your professors; our schedules are not as regular during the full winter break; be sure to check in before then.


Each edition we will feature a different professor in the department in an effort for you to get to know us better. This month you meet our Department Chair and Professor, Dr. Benjamin Ogwo:

Dr. Benjamin Ogwo is a full professor and the chair of the CTE department as well as the Coordinator of the Occupational Competency Examination. He has a B.Sc., MEd, and Ph.D. in Industrial Technical Education from the University of Nigeria, a foremost African university modeled after the American land-grant universities. Before joining SUNY Oswego in 2008, Dr. Ogwo was an adjunct Visiting Scholar in the Workforce Development & Education Program, Department of Learning & Performance Systems, Pennsylvania State University, and worked at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as a professor of Industrial Technical & Workforce Education. At SUNY Oswego, he has taught different graduate-level career technical education (CTE) courses such as Learning Theories in CTE, Instructional Management & Technology, Serving Special Needs Learnings, and Diversity in CTE.

Professionally, Dr. Ogwo severed as an external examiner to the doctoral programs at the

University of Technology, Jamaica, and the University of Minnesota, (Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development Work and Human Education)Twin Cities MN, the USA. He has co-authored and edited six books in Metalwork Technology, Teacher Education and Instruction, Curriculum Development & Educational Technology, Descriptive Geometry, and Methodology for Formal & Non-Formal Technical/Vocational Education. He has 83 published journal articles in various learned journals, book chapters, technical reports, and papers presented at several international consultancy/study visits, and conferences/workshops. These professional activities had taken Dr. Ogwo to the following countries: Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Germany, France, India, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, and United Kingdom.

Dr. Ogwo has many years of consulting experience in workforce development that he shares

with students. He has developed expertise in training and CTE policy development, as well as

designing, developing, and implementing customizable programs for upskilling the workforce in various occupational areas. Under his leadership, the CTE department completed the

consultancy for G. W. Lisk, Clifton Springs, New York on developing instructors’ training

modules and upskilling CTE faculty in Nigeria by SUNY Oswego faculty under the aegis of the

World Bank’s STEPB project. Dr. Ogwo consulted for the UNDP in developing the National policy on Vocational Training and Skills Development for South Sudan, the latest country in the world. He has also worked on different development-related projects with many development agencies namely, ILO, World Bank, African Development Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, HP, African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), Education Trust Fund (TETFund), and Open Society Foundation, Tertiary.

On a personal note, Dr. Ogwo is married to Mrs. Francisca Ogwo who is a commercial loan

specialist, at the Small Business Administration (SBA), Herndon, Virginia. Francisca and Dr.

Ogwo have three children ages 18, 15, and 12 years. The family enjoys listening to all shades

of music and traveling; this past summer they went on the Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas cruise to Grand Bahama Island. In his spare time, Dr. Ogwo invests his efforts in volunteering his skills within the community and mentoring young CTE professionals including those in sub-Saharan Africa.

Next issue we will meet our new Visiting Assistant Professor.


We plan to highlight current students and alumni in our newsletters. Please send updates on what you are doing to for inclusion in future newsletters!

Business and Marketing Education Major and Student Teacher (Spring '22), Ian Cooper (Oswego BS Eduction, '22) created a wonderful project for his classes. He highlights it in this video! Enjoy!
Good Humor Man (Mr. Siracusano) visits Saugerties High School.