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Career & Technical School News

Students showcase talents to a packed house

Event showcases the skills BOCES students bring to the table


Students lit up the room literally and figuratively on April 5 at the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) Albany campus. They also cleaned, gamed and spoke eloquently about their career aspirations and life passions.

More than two dozen CTE students took part in the second annual CTE's Got Talent, a showcase of the professional skills students are honing on the Albany, Schoharie and Rotterdam campuses.

Skills ranging from running light fixture circuits, creating dresses out of a combination of cloth and flowers, designing video games, creating makeup special effects and even feeding and cleaning the teeth of elderly patients were on display.

Students explained the techniques they have learned at CTE, answered questions and demonstrated their skills as attendees ranging from school district administrators to friends, parents and area school board members stopped by the booths.

"This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to demonstrate their skills and showcase
how they are being prepared for careers after school," said Chuck Paravella, Capital
Region BOCES CTE assistant principal. "Everyone had a good time and the attendees learned
a lot about what we have to offer here."Nurse assistant

"It was fun and I was pleased to demonstrate these skills," said Samantha Barnes of Duanesburg, a nursing assistant student.

Below is a list of the CTE students, the skills they showcased and their home school districts:

  • Samantha Petrosino, Middleburgh —  welding skills;
  • Alyssa Andrew, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (BHBL), nursing assistant — ambulating patients and getting their pulse;
  • Krystina Graham, Cohoes, nursing assistant — ambulating patients and getting their pulse;
  • Samantha Barnes, Duanesburg, nursing assistant — mouth care and feeding;
  • Marygrace Nichols, Duanesburg, nursing assistant — mouth care and feeding;
  • Caitlyn Tymula, Niskayuna, cosmetology — special effects;
  • Alyssa Livecchi, Guilderland, cosmetology — wash and blow dry;
  • Nyree Laboy, Schenectady, cosmetology — braiding;
  • Ryan Gundermann, Guilderland, video game design — interactive computer game;
  • Isaac Johnson, Scotia-Glernville, video game design — interactive computer game;
  • Derek Moscoso, Scotia-Glenville, video game design — interactive computer game;
  • Taylor Vincent, Berne-Know-Westerlo,  building trades — Adirondack chair construction;Criminal Justice student
  • Sam Groezinger, Guilderland, building trades — Adirondack chair construction;
  • Josh Kimball, Mohonasenasen, diesel technology — mini-turbine construction;
  • Andrew Cranker, Schenectady, diesel technology — mini-turbine construction
  • Neil Lavery, Scotia-Glenville, auto body — auto body skills;
  • Anthony Fornicelli, Niskayuna, HVAC/R — HVAC skills;
  • Steven Byerwalters, Shenendehowa, welding — jacket and helmet demo;
  • Dennis Robinson, Niskayuna, welding — before and after "V" welds;
  • John Valentine, Shenendehowa, criminal justice — fingerprinting and handcuffing;
  • Branden Johnson, Guilderland, criminal justice — fingerprinting and handcuffing;
  • Jacob Karandy, Duanesburg, electrical trades — circuits;
  • Shaun Buerker, Guilderland, electrical trades — circuits.


Click here for a photo array from the event.

In the top photo, electrical trades student Shaun Buerker of  Guilderland shows a circuit to South
Colonie School District board of education President David Kimble.Welding

Second photo: Nurse assistant students Emily Kelly of Shenendehow and Alyssa Andrew of BHBL demonstrate pulse checking.

In the third photo, criminal justice student John Valentine of Shenendehowa fingerprints visitor Jaelyn Belevich.

To the right, Capital Region BOCES Special Education Deputy Director Peter Taormina talks welding with CTE student Dennis Byerwalters of Shenendehowa.



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