Schoharie County business leaders toured the newest Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education classrooms recently.
Representatives of the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce Business-Education Committee toured the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), visiting CTE's manufacturing and machining technology, welding, advanced alternative energy, game design and implementation classrooms, as well as the future classrooms of the sterile processing technician and theatre and film production technology classes.
"It's amazing. It's a lot different than where I went," said Andrew Noble, a chamber representative and official with Ace Hardware.
During the meeting, CTE Business Liaison Nancy Liddle and Work-based
Jim Haas discussed the value of the new facility, which opened in September and also houses Mohonasen High School classes.
"As you know, we have businesses calling us every day searching for help in the trades. They can't find the workers they need," Haas said.
Haas also detailed how CTE works with businesses and explored potential new partnerships with Schoharie Chamber of Commerce representatives.
'The demand for workers in the trades is through the roof. Just yesterday, I set up two paid internships for diesel students who will be earning $14.50 an hour while learning," he said.
While several work-based learning internships exist in Schoharie County, the potential for more is great, said Liddle, a former Schoharie Central School District school board member.
"We'd like to see the opportunities really blossom for our students and in the same breath help the businesses in the region solve their dilemma of finding skilled help," she said.
In the top photo, CTE student Devin McLear, a junior from Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District, manufacturing teacher Charlene Vice and CTE officials meet with Schoharie Chamber of Commerce representatives in the CAT's manufacturing and machining lab.
In the second photo, chamber and CTE representatives meet at the CAT.