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Adult finds his passion in cooking, turns to CTE 


Student is in the Capital Region BOCES high school equivalency and culinary program

Demetrious Fantroy peels shrimpgDemetrios Fantroy is not a fan of school. But a stint in the Capital Region BOCES culinary program has turned his life around.

"I was held back a couple of times and I just couldn't focus," Fantroy said during a recent visit to his culinary classroom where he was peeling shrimp.

He entered the culinary program at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) as a Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central (RCS) School District student last year.

"Cooking focuses my mind. I can concentrate and it gives me new experiences every day," said Fantroy. "I came here as a student and I just loved it."
But being an older student still going to traditional high school classes was not an optimal experience for him, even if it allowed him to continue the BOCES program.

"It was just weird being around all of the younger students and being treated like a kid," said Fantroy.

As a result of that, Fantroy left RCS.

"I decided to leave RCS and enroll in the HSE [high school equivalency] program here and take the adult culinary program," Fantroy said.

The HSE program is offered by BOCES to students 17 years or older who lack high school diplomas and have left school. The instruction is done by a certified teacher in the five areas of study to prepare for the HSE exam, which was previously known as the GED or General Equivalency Degree exam. The kitchen allows Fantroy to concentrate

"They are really good to me at BOCES and I get the experience and education I need," he said.
When he is not taking the HSE program or the culinary program at Capital Region BOCES, Fantroy can often be found in the kitchen of Track 31, an Italian pub in Feura Bush where he is a line cook.

"I love cooking it's something I did growing up with my grandma," Fantroy said. "Cooking is something I want to continue to do the rest of my life."

He hopes to advance that future after graduating from CTE in the culinary program at Schenectady County Community College. (SCCC).

"If not, I want to keep plugging away and working my way up in the restaurant industry."

CTE teacher Chef Paul Rother, who along with fellow teacher Chef Paul Dolan, are mentoring Fantroy said, "He is a great kid. This is just a great story and one that will have a good ending."

The photos show Fantroy doing what he loves — working in the kitchen.

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