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Submarine surfaces, offers latest challenge for CTE students


Capital Region BOCES is aiding area submarine veterans


Students and veterans look onA submarine surfaced at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) recently, bringing with it a challenge that CTE students promise won't sink them.

Students from the automotive, welding, auto body, carpentry services and other programs are joining forces to restore the submarine float used by the United States Submarine Veterans Albany-Saratoga Chapter in parades and for educational purposes.

Rather than being made solely of metal — as real submarines are the sub is a combination of materials, allowing multiple CTE programs the opportunity to work on and restore the piece.

"It's starting to rot and come apart in some areas," said Bill Preece, a member of submarine veterans organization. "We were looking for someone to restore it for us and someone recommended BOCES."

"We are very happy to be getting the work done," he added.

James Haas, work based learning coordinator for Capital Region BOCES CTE, said the project is perfect for providing hands-on learning opportunities for students, while also teaching students the value of giving back to the community and honoring those who have served our country.Picture of a picture

"It's a fantastic project. Students from several programs will be involved and it teaches the kids not just about the technical skills they are learning, but about the value of good citizenship,"
said Haas.

 In the top photo, CTE student Nijuan West of Schenectady looks on as submarine veteran Al Singelman points out the artwork on the replica submarine.

To the right, a veteran takes a picture of the submarine before work is done.

Below, CTE autobody students Nijuan West and Raymond Winchell of Schenectady stand alongside United States Submarine Veterans Albany-Saratoga Chapter members Dale Breault, Russell Barrett, Bill Preece and Al Singleman.

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