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Career and Tech school to career pathway finds success story in 2017 grad 


Zach Harrell was employed immediately upon graduation

Harrell meets with Jim Haas

The school-to-career pathway at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School produced another success story this year with 2017 diesel technology graduate Zach Harrell.

The Schenectady graduate always knew that college wasn't for him and chose the Career and Technical School to learn skills that would prove valuable in the real world.

Little did he know that CTE would not just teach him skills, but also find him a job.

"I was hired the day after graduation," said Harrell during  Nov. 27 visit to the Albany campus' diesel technology classroom.

Harrell works at Leroy Holding Company, where he maintains the billboard company's fleet of trucks.

"I do a little of everything on the trucks — electrical work, tires, maintenance," said Harrell. "It's fast paced and fun."

“It’s a good job, a good company to work for," he said.Harrell and a classmate mount a tire at CTE last year.

Harrell's official career at Leroy may have started as soon as he graduated from Schenectady
and CTE, but he started work at the company earlier in his senior year through CTE's work based learning program which places students in more than 70 area businesses to gain experience on the job.

"Without BOCES, I wouldn't have known about the job or had the skills to be employed there.
 The fact they hired me is a direct result of my time at Capital Region BOCES," said Harrell.

In the top photo, Harrell meets with Jim Haas.

Harrell and a classmate mount a tire at CTE last year.


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