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Career & Technical School News

Students share their work-based experiences at statewide education conference

Area students were asked to be part of the discussion

Zach Harrell talks to educators

Two Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) students spoke about their work-based learning experiences to a packed house of educators from across New York state on March 29.

CTE students Zachary Harrell from Schenectady and Michael Fiorillo from Mohonasenasen joined students from Questar III BOCES, as well as Albany City School District's career and education program, in speaking to approximately 100 work-based learning (WBL) coordinators at the annual New York State Work Experience Coordinators Association (WECA) Conference at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

Harrell is a Diesel II program student who works at Leroy Holding Truck Co. and Fiorillo is in the AYES Automotive program and works at Goldstein Mitsubishi.

After introducing themselves, their school and where they intern, the students fielded a host of questions.

In response to one of the questions about why he chose CTE and the diesel technology program, Harrell said, "I like to be able to fix things and play around with my hands."

Fiorillo fields a questionHe added that he likes the program and repairing diesel engines because "it requires working at a fast pace. You are always hustling. No two days are the same."

Fiorillo said he chose CTE and the AYES program because he didn't want a basic desk job. "I need to do something with my hands," he commented.

"While a lot of my friends at home are talking about going to college and getting a big degree, I can't see that for myself. I want to work on cars and learn a trade," he added.

Both students attend CTE for half-a-day, their home school for another half-day and then work after school.

"I work from 2:30 p.m. to between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. doing basic maintenance and I am pretty happy," said Harrell.

In the top photo, Harrell speaks, while in the second photo Fiorillo fields a question.

Below is a photo of the panel, though one student on the left is not visible.

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