Though he’s only half-way through his senior year, Drew Wideman has been offered a job in his career of choice thanks connections fostered during his work-based learning placement.
Since September, Wideman, a Manufacturing and Machining Technology student, has worked with Altamont Spray Welding doing mechanical work, repair and replacing parts.
Like Altamont Spray Welding, a host of businesses provide work-based learning opportunities, allowing our students to use the community as a classroom, apply the skills they are learning in our programs and familiarize themselves with the world of work.
Wideman said he chose to attend our Career & Technical program to learn a skill he could use right out of school.
“I enjoy the ability to learn a skill while I am still in school that I can use to get a good-paying job in an environment I enjoy,” said Wideman.
“I didn’t expect this when I enrolled in BOCES, but I am glad it happened,” he said. “It’s been great to go to work at Altamont Spray Welding instead of spending my days in the classroom, to see how the real world works and to learn skills that I want to use in the future.”
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