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Career & Technical School News

CTE students earn valuable certification

Certification makes them employable in a competitive world

BranniganMore than two dozen Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) students earned a certification recently that in some cases makes the immediately employable and in others gives them a leg-up on their peers.

Students in the welding and heating ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) courses were recently presented with their OSHA 10 certifications, an award that signifies to prospective employers that the students have received proper federal safety awareness training and allows the employers to hire them without paying for that training.

"It's extremely valuable, something employers look for in prospective employees so they can avoid having to pay the cost," said Denise Pallozzi,  career development and occupational skills coordinator for CTE.

The OSHA 10 certification is provides workers with awareness of common job-related safety and health hazards, the OSHA website states. While the course typically costs students or employers $59 or more, CTE provided it to students free of charge, Pallozzi noted.

The course was taught last month by Jeffrey Malo of Albany-based CHA Consulting Inc.

Students earning the certification and their home school districts are as follows:

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  • Zackary Brannigan, Guilderland
  • James Caruso, Guilderland
  • John Crowther, Mohonasenasen
  • Jared Eckler, Shenendehowa
  • Anthony Formichelli, Niskayuna
  • Alex LeClair, Voorheesville
  • Devin Longendyke, BKW
  • Alvin Lutchmidat, Niskayuna
  • Shawn Mohamed, Shenendehowa
  • Greg Papapetros, adult student
  • Thorne Sperry, South Colonie
  • Joe Tilly, Shenendehowa
  • Nicholas Vaeth, Scotia-Glenville
  • Stephen Zwack, adult



  • Ryan Allman, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk
  • Steven Byerwalters, Shenendehowa
  • William Caufield, Cohoes
  • Joe Clark, RCS
  • Scott Fay, Guilderland
  • Alan Gavreau, Schenectady
  • Alex Johnson, Schenendehowa
  • Nick Langlois, South Colonie
  • Nicholas Morrison, South Colonie
  • William Poirier III, Schenectady
  • Dennis Robinson, adult
  • Sahaman Parmanand, Schenectady
  • Roger Saywood, Shenendehowa
  • Zach Snow, Greenville
  • Hayden Sortano, Cohoes
  • Tyler Squires, Shenendehowa

In the top photo, Zach Brannigan receives his certification card from Denise Pallozzi and Dr. Valerie Kelsey, deputy director of career and technical education.

In the second photo, Shawn Mohamed of Shenendehowa receives his certification card.


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