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Submarine project for area veterans is full steam ahead at CTE


Capital Region BOCES is aiding area submarine veterans


Submarines side by sideWork is well underway at the Albany campus of the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) on a new submarine for an area veteran's group.

Students in the construction services program have built a skeleton for the submarine float that will be used by the United States Submarine Veterans Albany-Saratoga Chapter in parades and for educational purposes.

Last fall, the organization turned to Capital Region BOCES for assistance after its current submarine float started rotting and become less parade-worthy.

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

During a recent class, students were creating a new wooden frame for the submarine.

Woodwork will likely continue on the vessel through next week when it will then get shipped to the auto body program for painting. From there, the vessel next docks in the welding shop where students will create and install railings. 

The goal, said Carpentry Services Teacher Paul Roberts, is to have the submarine "sea worthy" — well, really, parade worthy by Memorial Day.

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.

Crandall"It's a fantastic project. Students from several programs are involved. 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, the old submarine skeleton and the new one sit side-by-side. (The old one is painted).

In the second photo, Brandon Crandall wearing a "Freedom" hat screws a board into place on the new submarine.

Below, CTE auto body 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 when the old submarine was left at CTE in the fall.

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