Charter Communications provides insight on cabling careers to Capital Region BOCES students

A representative of Charter Communications recently recruited students at Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical Education Center, sharing knowledge and insight into the world of communications and looking for future technicians.

Students in Ed Henson’s Network Technology program heard from James Gardner, a Technical Support Manager at Charter Communications, about what the company looks for employees, and what it takes to be successful. Charter uses the trade name for its commercial cable television channels, internet, telephone, and wireless service providers. 

The two-year Network Tech program helps area students develop a unique understanding of today’s ever-growing field of network connectivity and emerging technologies. Through lectures, coursework, and hands-on activities, students have the opportunity to explore this exciting field and gain the technical knowledge and professionalism needed to prepare them for an after-high school career or post-secondary study. 

Capital Region BOCES works with more than 300 business, union, and education partners—such as Charter—to help fuel the regional and state economies. Through these partnerships, students can launch careers directly out of high school or land jobs that will help them pay for future educational opportunities. 

Network Tech program students said the idea of working at Charter/Spectrum is appealing.

“I want to be a field technician for Spectrum. It would be fun to work on different things every day,” said Vinny Oppedisano, a junior in the program from Shenendehowa.

“I like the exposure (Spectrum) gave us to the industry and the experience we get here in this program,” added classmate Josh Marbley of Schenectady. “It showed me a side of Spectrum other than just the internet, which is all I knew about them.” 

Enrollment is currently underway for the 2024-25 school year. For more information on career and technical school programs, go to