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Career & Technical School News

Harple hangs up his hammer


For two decades, the CTE teacher has been an integral part of CTE and BOCES

Harple and a studentFor 21 years, Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) teacher Doug Harple built the future of the construction industry, leaving a mark not only on his students, but literally on the landscape of the region and beyond.

This week, though, the longtime Albany CTE campus teacher retires, trading the classroom for long road trips with his wife and fishing.

“I will miss the miss the kids, I will miss teaching them and helping them learn and grow in so many ways,” the soft-spoken teacher said. “I’ve had a lot of really good students over the years.”

"I’ve seen kids who had a tough time in their own schools and then get into something like this and enjoy it and learn. Often, it gives them a focus, a goal and that’s all it takes,” Harple said.

His graduates have gone onto positions with contracting firms and unions and some even opened their own contracting businesses. And some still turn to their teacher for advice.

“I had conversations with a couple of old students recently and they both asked me for advice … one wanted to know how to do something and the other was looking for advice on how to grow Harple builds
his business,” Harple said with a smile.

Dr. Valerie Kelsey, deputy director of CTE for Capital Region BOCES, said, “Doug has created a tremendous legacy during more than 20 years at CTE teaching future carpenters, contractors, builders and leaders. His students appreciate all he has taught them and the expertise he has shared.”









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