From getting a jump-start on college to learning while working, students have a multitude of reasons for attending Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE).
During a recent poll of students and graduates, this is what they had to say when asked why they are pursuing an education at CTE.
"I chose CTE to gain more experience in the culinary field and to give myself an edge in college," said T.J. Lindsey, a 2016 graduate from Bethlehem Central School District who attends Johnson & Wales University.
"I am going to college for computer science and track next year. Going to CTE taught me what I love to do basically, which is working with videos and editing pictures,â€� said senior Greg Lenegar, from Bethlehem who is studying Internet Applications at CTE.
Another student with plans for college in the fall will use the cosmetology skills she learned at CTE to pay her way through higher education.
"I want to graduate from here and work in a salon and
use the money I earn to pay for college.
I want to go to UCCS (University of Colorado Colorado Springs) for computer design.â€� Dylin DeRosier, a junior in cosmetology from Voorheesville.
Another CTE student hopes to use the electrical skills he has learned to become a lineman.
"After I graduate, I plan to go to Hudson Valley Community College
to continue my education and then go on to lineman school," said
Louis Storti, junior from Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Central School District. "BOCES has given me a head start on my future and taught me the skills I need.â€�
For many students, a key enticement to pursuing an education at CTE is the ability to learn while doing.
"I like to work with my hands and learn while working," said Alvin Lutchmidat, a senior in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) program from the Niskayuna Central School District.
He added, "I enjoy the work we are doing and HVAC seems like a good career choice with lots of job opportunities.â€�
The top photo shows Dylin DeRosier. The second photo shows Louis Storti.