CTE Students Place at Area Skills USA Competition; Ploetz Named Advisor of the Year

Alfred, NY – March 15, 2023 – Several, local CA BOCES students were recently honored as top competitors in their fields in the area Skills USA regional competition held at Alfred State College. 

The Skills USA events are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Key areas of competition include communication, construction, heavy equipment operation, welding, animal sciences, health sciences, hospitality and tourism, human services, information technology, leadership, manufacturing, and STEM.

Many CA BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from centers in Belmont, Ellicottville, and Olean competed in the annual competition with several of the students placing.

CTE Center at Belmont

1st place – Precision Heavy Equipment Operation – Nick Sorter
1st place – Esthetics – Isabella Sparatta & Zoey Heisel

Skills USA Regional Advisor of the Year: Cassandra Ploetz/Animal Science Instructor


CTE Center at Ellicottville

2nd place – Crime Scene Investigation – Carson Mohr, Rebecca Covell, Samantha Herbst

CTE Center at Olean

1st place – TV Productions – team of Malachi Galmer and Landen Wyant
1st place – Restaurant Services – Ben Wolfe
2nd place – Criminal Justice -Dylan DiRosa
2nd place – Collision Repair – Madison Collins
2nd place – Job Demo – Izabella Provorse
2nd place – TV Productions team of Allie Boser and Rileigh Martin
3rd place – Commercial Baking -Lillianna Peters
3rd place – Restaurant Services- Skylor Green

CTE Center at Belmont Animal Science Instructor, Cassandra Ploetz, was also named as the Regional Skills USA Advisor of the Year.

CA BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Career and Technical Education Programs, James Schifley, was pleased with the level of participation and the overall performance of student competitors. “We had many students from our three centers compete in their respective areas, and I was impressed with the level of skill they demonstrated,” he said. “We train our students to be “career-ready” in their fields, and instances like this allow them to put their skills to the test.”

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 22 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. To learn more, visit www.caboces.org.