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Career & Technical School News

Graduate returns, praises CTE and prepares for next chapter of his life


2016 CTE graduate completes first year of college, credits CTE with his success

Landis teaching

One could argue that Matt Landis can't get enough of the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) center.

The 2016 graduate was frequently seen this past school year back at the Schoharie campus as a substitute teacher sharing his knowledge of heavy equipment and construction with current students. But that's not to say that Landis is a modern-day version of "failure to launch" — rather, the soft-spoken student was needed due to the shortage of substitute teachers and was more than happy to earn money while attending SUNY Cobleskill.

During a day substituting in Matt Millard's heavy equipment classroom, Landis spoke to students about the proper and improper use of cotter pins and other safety issues.

Following the class, Landis was effusive with praise for how well CTE prepared him for his freshman year at SUNY Cobleskill.

“Most of what I learned here helped me. The life skills I learned applied, but it wasn't just that; knowing how to use certain tools and perform tasks was also critical to my college experience,” Landis said.Landis operates a backhoe

Landis attended SUNY Cobleskill's agricultural engineering program this year but is following his dreams to SUNY Alfred in the fall to pursue a degree in heavy equipment operation, which he then plans to pursue as a career.

"It was a good first year. I learned a lot and was able to apply a lot of what I learned at CTE but now I can build on what I learned here even more," he said.

"Through CTE, I  grew as a carpenter, an operator, a leader, a student and, most importantly, an individual," Landis said.

In the top photo, Landis teaches at Schoharie CTE. To the right, he operates a backhoe during his senior year at CTE.



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