Learning takes these BOCES students to a ‘cool’ place

Career & Technical Education students had a busy month of October as Capital Region BOCES marked Careers in Construction Month with a series of activities, trips and guest educators who detailed the “ins” and “outs” of the construction industry.

 From visiting the Operator’s Union training facility in Glenmont to watching the “shocking” result of a metal ladder touching a live electrical wire thanks to a National Grid demonstration, students built knowledge and relationships with employers.

 One Careers in Construction Month trip saw Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) students tour the New York State Office of General Services Chiller Plant at the Empire State Plaza on Oct. 27. The plant is the largest such operation on the East Coast.

 Business, government, labor and education leaders said that working with BOCES to build the knowledge and futures of students is more important than ever.

 “We like to draw our workforce from BOCES, and we like the opportunity to show the kids some of the things they can look forward to, like the service truck and the new equipment,” said Dustin Cuoco of Adams Heating and Cooling while taking a break from meeting with Albany Campus students on Oct. 20.