Graduate: Capital Region BOCES opened doors for me

A 2019 graduate of Capital Region BOCES credits the Career & Technical Education Center with forging a good life and career for him.

Michael Palleschi attended the BOCES Welding and Metal Fabrication program while a student at Mohonasen High School, making professional connections and learning the skills necessary to build a career in manufacturing.

“Attending BOCES gave me an actual starting point for my career and gave me connections,” Palleschi said.

In fact, Palleschi even learned about his current employer, STS Steel in Schenectady, while a student at BOCES.

“I actually came here with BOCES for Manufacturing Day in 2019, and after a couple of other work stops, I am here again as an employee,” he said. “It’s been great.”

While current BOCES students recently toured the STS Steel operation, Palleschi spoke to them about his time working there.

“I have learned so much being here,” he said. “I would not change it for the world.”

Palleschi said skills such as using a CNC machine, band saw and knowing MIG and TIG welding, have been priceless for him as he climbs the manufacturing industry career ladder.

“The opportunities I got from attending BOCES have been endless. I recommend it for everyone,” he said.

Amy Schrom, who taught Palleschi science as it relates to welding at Capital Region BOCES, praised the graduate.

“Mike was a diligent student with a positive attitude. He always helped others and was overall a wonderful student,’ she said.

Students in the Capital Region BOCES Welding and Metal Fabrication program learn American Welding Society standards and earn certifications that prepare them for a career in a multitude of industries, ranging from welding and steel to manufacturing.