Syracuse, NY – May 9, 2023 – Several local CA BOCES students were recently honored as top competitors in their fields in the New York State Skills USA competition held in Syracuse, NY.

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 Ellicottville
Ian Zeher – 2nd Place – Precision Heavy Equipment
Karolina Mirles/model Riley Bliss – 3rd place – Esthetics

CTE Center at Olean
Dylan DiRosa – 1st Place – Criminal Justice
(Dylan will compete at the NYS National Skills USA event in Atlanta, Georgia in June)
Allie Boser and Rileigh Martin – 3rd place – Television (Video) Production
Maddison Collins – 3rd place – Collision Repair Technology

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