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Career & Technical School News

Two CTE students to represent area at a national automotive competition

Students hail from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Shenendehowa schools

Degni is shown on the left, Foronda on the right.
Two Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) automotive students will compete in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April.

Vincent Degni of Shenendehowa and Elison Foronda of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District will represent CTE in the competition at the Javits Center in New York City April 17-19.

The annual competition is a chance for students to show their knowledge of automotive computer diagnostics, engines, technology and more.

In preparation for the competition, the CTE students are working with representatives of Destination Kia, as well as CTE faculty, to get a feel for specific problems they may have to solve during the competition.

The national competition is billed as "a test of skill, a measure of knowledge and a race against the clock all rolled into one."

"It's going to be a cool experience," said Foronda. "It will look great on your resume."

"It's a real opportunity to compete against our peers and test our abilities," added Degni.Vincent Degni works on a car

The duo, who are seniors in the AYES automotive technician program, have divergent plans for the future.

Foronda is pursuing a college degree in automotive technology at Hudson Valley Community College while Degni plans to enter the United States Coast Guard.

"Going to CTE has helped me learn a lot about the industry and reaffirmed for me that this is what I want to do," Foronda said.

In the top photo, Degni is shown on the left, Foronda on the right. To the right, Degni works under a car. Below, Foronda works on a vehicle.

Foronda works on a car







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