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Career & Technical School News

CTE teachers bring experience, dedication to the classroom and students notice it!

Students praise their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week

Students work with teacher Frank Ando

One is a retired police officer, another a motorcycle mechanic. Still others operate their own welding, machine repair, culinary and related businesses on the side. One thing that Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) faculty have in common is experience — "real-world" experience in the industries that they teach about.

This experience means not only workplace knowledge, but a dedication to ensuring that future workers in those fields have the most up-to-date skills and knowledge possible as they enter the workforce. In preparation for this week's National Teacher Appreciation Week, we spoke to several students about their experiences at CTE.

“I am very, very thankful for Mr. Kucsik’s instruction. He is a good teacher and shares with us everything he has learned in the workplace,” said Ed Stern of Scotia-Glenville, a student in CTE's automotive maintenance and light repair program. When he's not in the classroom, John Kuscsik works as a motorcycle and ATV technician.

Adult HVAC/R student Stephen Zwack said the teachers' experience is a huge bonus when it comes to learning at CTE.Skowfoe holds his state champion flag with teacher Bill Rouleau

“I love the program. The work is interesting and the teacher is just great! You couldn't find a better teacher and someone more willing to share his own experiences," he said of longtime HVAC/R educator Frank Ando, who also has experience as a heating technician.

Classmate John Crowther, a senior from Mohonasen, added, "I'm learning the skills I know I am going to need in the workforce.”

But it's not just the faculty experience that make CTE a great place to learn, it's the concern and the knowledge, students said.

Heavy equipment/commercial construction student Irving Skowfoe, who recently won the SkillsUSA state championship for construction technology, credits his teachers for preparing him for that success.

"A lot of good instruction from my teachers Mr. Rouleau and Mr. Millard allowed me to win at states. I like how they teach and the diversity of skills they teach — everything from metal working to woodworking. You can tell they really care about what they teach," said Skowfoe,  who attends CTE from Middleburgh.

CTE students also praised faculty members for their caring attitudes.John fixes a motorcycle

“If there is any questions or anything you need, Mr. (Scott) Hamel is always there,” automotive student Michael Fiorello said of the teaching assistant.

2016 CTE graduate Matt Landis, who just completed his freshmen year at SUNY Cobleskill, sums it up best: "My instructors at CTE not only understood the curriculum, but applied it in the hands-on portion of CTE and explained the lessons they learned the hard way on the job and how we can avoid the same mistakes they made. Because of this, I have grown as a carpenter, an operator, a leader and, most importantly, an individual," he said.

In the top photo, students Zwack and Crowther work with teacher Frank Ando..

In the second photo, student Skowfoe holds his state champion flag with teacher Bill Rouleau.

In the third photo, teacher John Kuscsik works on a motorcycle with students Andrew Potter and Josh Matthews.



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