CA BOCES CTE Students Explore Careers with New York State Department of Transportation

Ellicottville, NY – April 6, 2022 – On Friday, April 1, students from the CA BOCES CTE Center at Ellicottville’s Heavy Equipment Operations, Collision Repair Technology and Power Equipment Technology programs received a day of industry careers exploration with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

Representatives from the NYSDOT spent the day with students discussing potential career paths available in their fields of study. The DOT also brought equipment to the center for student training and exposure including several mechanical training aids and a plow/sander truck.

Sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill’s Workforce Development Outreach Project, the students participated in a hands-on training to reinforce diesel engine electrical diagnostics, air brake and drivetrain fundamentals, along with basic plow truck operation.

Outreach Instructors from SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural Engineering Department facilitated the day of career exposure. The main goal of the SUNY Cobleskill Workforce Development Outreach Project is to foster and build connections between students, educators, and industry.  The driving force behind this project is to educate and encourage young adults to enter the agricultural / construction / transportation equipment repair fields, as a shortage currently exists and is projected to increase in the future.

As the regional leader in education services, CA BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective shared services for twenty-two component school districts. CA BOCES empowers students to achieve their maximum potential by offering a wide variety of innovative programs and support that include special education, career and technical education, adult and continuing education, technology support, and instructional support services.