BOCES Diesel Technology Program Hosts Training Event | Community

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MEDINA – Diesel equipment technology professor Mike Schultz says he’s grateful for the partnerships of his class at the Center for Technical and Vocational Education in Orleans. Not only do these partnerships expand students’ opportunities to acquire additional skills, but they open the eyes of students to different career paths.

Recently, Schultz’s class welcomed: outreach trainers Ed Wallace and Tim Gregoire from SUNY Cobleskill; Randy Librock, Relco Systems Fleet Supervisor; Tom Lewis, branch manager of Monroe Tractor; and, from the New York State Department of Transportation, engine manager William Chiro and supervisor Randy Shoemaker.

“Our guests have been fantastic with the students,” said Schultz. “Not only did they bring equipment and vehicles, but they also did a lot of interactive and hands-on training with them. This gave the students a real chance to interact with professionals in this field and to make business contacts for internship and employment opportunities after graduation.

It was the first time that DOT participated in the internship program. Many students in the class were able to set up internship or observation opportunities with the employers represented.

“It’s great to have these beneficial relationships with different companies,” said Schultz. “It’s definitely a win-win because they are looking for good employees and my students are looking for careers. … My students really benefited from the experience and really enjoyed getting the career insight.

Lisa Bielmeier is the Director of Public Relations for BOCES d’Orléans / Niagara.


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