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Capital Region Career & Technical School

What leaders, students and others have to say about Capital Region BOCES CTE



"Not introducing these careers properly, not defining them, not showcasing them to young minds is a travesty."

                                                                                         - U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko 

"Partnerships between the private sector and academia are underutilized and important. "We need the collaboration of the educators being in the manufacturing workplace and vice versa."

                                                                                         - U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko 

"Capital Region BOCES is a main player here in terms of skills development ... and in terms of preparing people for the jobs that exist."

                                                                                         - U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko 

 "Attending CTE has given me an edge ... because of what I learned there and the certifications I was able to earn."

                                                                                         - Gage Kibbey, a 2014 CTE graduate      

"Without coming (to CTE) I wouldn't have been heading in this direction. I wouldnt have had the experience to know that I even like to cook, let alone know that I could do it for a living. I used the skills here to learn how to cook, to put my best foot forward and to travel the world."

                                                                                                                                                 - Dustin "Dusty" Middleton, a 2005 CTE graduate      

"My husband asked me what is BOCES? I said that it is a vocational technical training school and he said they are doing something right because this kid can lay out a weld."

                                                                                                                                                  - Brenda Peters, Sunset Welder Inc.

"I enjoy the diverse education I receive. It's a lot more than Heavy Equipment and Residential Construction. My teachers teach me welding, acetylene cutting and, most importantly, life lessons they learned the hard way that will help their students tremendously in life."

                                                                                                                                                      - Matt Landis, CTE student

"CTE has prepared me by giving me the opportunity to work on many different heating and cooling-related equipment. And by working with SkillsUSA, I have improved my leadership and speaking skills."   

                                                                                                                                                     - Ryan Rafferty, CTE student

Student welder"The BOCES programs all together have helped me focus on my life and future."

                                                                                         - Sam Machia, CTE graduate

"Attending CTE gave me a head start on my career. When I first started classes at HVCC, I already knew what they were teaching because of my classes at Career and Tech. I was
way ahead of the game and was helping my classmates learn the machines."

                                                                                        - Kody Skeals, a 2013 CTE graduate

"Everyone thinks BOCES is easy; it is really not. The teachers kept it challenging. They taught you how to recognize opportunity, how to study, how to get the job done right."

                                                                                        - Mandee Slade, a 2011 CTE graduate
                                                                                            and owner of Miracles on Lice

"Attending CTE gave me a goal, a drive to push myself. Before I came here to CTE I was kind of a slacker. At CTE I learned skills that I felt comfortable doing and enjoy."

                                                                                                                                                      -  U.S. Navy sailor Brandon Day
                                                                                                                                                        and 2012 CTE graduate

"The nursing assistant program has been so much fun. It actually makes me want to come to school every morning."

                                                                                                                                                      -  Alecia Peplowski,
                                                                                                                                                        a CTE student from Guilderland

"I love it. I can honestly say I love everything about the program. The classroom is great. The teachers are great. The environment is great.
I love the work.

                                                                                                                                                         - Louis Storti, class of 2017 in Eletrical Trades

"CTE students are ahead of the game. CTE gives you a major advantage."

                                                                                                                                                     -  Bill Gray, trainer for Upstate New York
                                                                                                                                                       Operating Engineers Local 158 (IUOE158).

Hugh Farley"Meeting students, faculty and administration/support personnel gave me very positive first impression of the CTE program. The students are eager to learn, Chef Iannacone has a passion for sharing her culinary knowledge and the administrative/support staff were very courteous and welcoming. The culinary classroom and lab space provides students with the opportunity to learn in a space that is very much like the spaces they will work in when they go out to industry. The CTE program is a positive learning experience."

                                                                                        -  Rich Benninger, Olde
                                                                                           Olde Tater Barn owner

"BOCES makes students job-ready ... and does a terrific job at tailoring the education to the economy."

                                                                                       -  New York State Senator Hugh Farley

"Because of my time at CTE, I was definitely well prepared. I knew my skills better than my peers in college," said Schauffert.

                                                                                         -  Zach Schauffert, a 2010 CTE grad

"My teachers have made it a personal goal for themselves to prepare us in numerous areas for after-graduation, including personal finance, even more in-depth budgeting and interview techniques to name a few." 

                                                                                       -  Samantha Flavell, a 2015 CTE grad from Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District




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