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Grad profile: CTE helped build this student's future 

Schoharie graduate plans on a future in heavy equipment

Jaida Truesdell cuts woodVitals:

Name: Jaida Truesdell

Home district: Schoharie

CTE program: Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment

From a high school student with no idea what she wanted to do to an aspiring heavy equipment operator/contractor. That's the life change that attending Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) made possible for 2017 CTE graduate Jaida Truesdell.

The Schoharie Central School District student attended a tour of CTE as a sophomore and the decision put her on a path to success.

"I wanted to get out of school, so I came to CTE on a field trip and I really liked it," said Truesdell. "I like working with my hands so this was the right fit for me."

"My first day here I got to run equipment; that was a great moment," she said.

Works on a shedTruesdell plans to take the knowledge she has gained through CTE and get an apprenticeship with the operators union or start work with a contractor.

"You have to stay focused at CTE and that was what I needed. CTE has helped me determine my future," Truesdell said. 

For more profiles of 2017 Capital Region BOCES CTE graduates, click here.

In the first picture, Truesdell cuts wood. In the second photo, she works on a shed.









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