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Career & Technical School News

State SkillsUSA champ is planning to retire with his carpentry skills 


Irving Skowfoe just turned 18, but he is already thinking about retirement


You can't say that Irving Skowfoe is not seeing the big picture.

The state SkillsUSA carpentry skills champion is already planning for his retirement using the skills that he learned at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTE).

"I plan to use my carpentry skills for my personal life. I'd like to buy some apartments one day and renovate and maintain them for rentals. That'll be my retirement," said the Middleburgh senior. "It's a good retirement plan from everything that I have heard and read."

In the meantime, Skowfoe is planning for a career in the family business — R. Skowfoe, which is a trash and debris removal service, as well as a junkyard, and Skowfoe and Sons, which is an automotive repair business.

"I am going to SUNY Delhi next year for automotive repair to expand my knowledge in that area and when I graduate I plan to run the junkyard side of the business and repair the trucks,"
Skowfoe said.

As for his immediate future, Skowfoe said he is excited to be going to the national SkillsUSA
competition in Kentucky in June.Skowfoe builds

"I think it will be really cool to meet and compete against kids from all across the country," he said of the June 19-23 competition in Louisville.

Skowfoe credits his teachers at CTE with giving him the skills necessary to win the state championship in April in Syracuse and plan his retirement.

"A lot of good instruction and good teaching; 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."

His teachers said Skowfoe, who recently completed a 10-by-16-foot pavilion for the Town of Blenheim for his Eagle Scout project, is the reason for his own success.

"He has an incredible work ethic and drive," said Rouleau, noting that the 18-year-old starts his day at 3 a.m. milking cows before school. "He doesn't slow down."

Skowfoe is shown in the top picture at Schoharie last week and competing in Syracuse on
April 28.





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