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Career & Technical School News

From BOCES student to helper of students in three short years

2014 graduate Emily Walter is providing a link to real world experiences for BOCES students


Emily WalterIn less than four years, Emily Walter has gone from being a Capital Region BOCES student to helping Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) students make professional connections.

Walter, an administrative assistant at the Albany Marriott, has arranged for the past two summers for students taking part in CTE's CDOS summer camps to have work-based learning opportunities at the Marriott on Wolf Road.  She also is currently arranging for work-based learning opportunities for the coming school year for students in the culinary program at BOCES.

"She has been an invaluable contact for us," said Nancy Liddle, CTE's business liaison.

The feeling is mutual for Walter.

The 2014 South Colonie Central School District graduate sees BOCES as an invaluable tool and one that led to her current position at Marriott.

As a junior in CTE's culinary program, Walter performed work-based learning at the Marriott. After graduation, she returned to the Wolf Road hotel where she was hired for the coffee shop and within a month promoted to her current position in which she performs human resources tasks, training and works on internship connections.

"There were a lot of professional skills that I learned at BOCES that apply today. Even with the uniforms and the strictness of the chefs that we not only wear our uniforms, but look presentable — that all applies in how I dress professionally here in this role," Walter said. Also, the chefs always told us that it's good to not burn bridges, to build your resume with references."

"At CTE, you learn a lot of life skills, a lot of professional skills that apply to whatever you choose to do," she added.



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