"Little Apple was part of our business program, and we didn't get any students to sign up for business so we could keep the store open," said Stephen Dieteman, principal of the BOCES Career and Technical Education Center at Olean.
"We couldn't afford the overhead."Mr. Dieteman
said the two-year program used to average 10 students per class, both high school youth and adults.But declining interest in business at BOCES
coupled with Olean High School's
own new business program left the store without anyone to run it.He
spoke with administrators at Olean High about taking over Little Apple Enterprises
but no one jumped on the suggestion.
"We have a senior class that's finishing up but we will no longer have a business program," he
"It was a pretty popular place for local artisans, often by word of mouth," said Mr. Dieteman
."We tried to focus on the local businesses."Community Bank, N.A.
owns the storefront and provided Little Apple
with an advantageous, creative lease agreement, Mr. Dieteman
said the end of Little Apple Enterprises
isn't that surprising since business programs across New York state are losing students.Student interest has shifted to radio and television production and media communications, as well as the medical program, he
"I saw a lot of students go through there and become successful.I'm very sad to see it go.That was probably the last thing downtown needed," he