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RCS alumni finds success through Capital Region BOCES program

Many alumni of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District find post academic success in numerous professional fields. One such alumnus, Jared Stokes (Class of 2019), has found his stride as a welder through the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School. Stokes is a graduate of the Welding and Metal Fabrication program on the Albany campus. He is currently employed by Schenectady-based Package One Industries. In his position, Stokes utilizes his training in the BOCES program to provide the company with help manufacturing production parts, supplies and services for a wide range of clients, including General Electric.

“We’re proud of how our student’s take advantage of BOCES programs to further their skillsets and employability,” said RCS Superintendent of Schools Brian Bailey. “The BOCES program is integral in providing students with a critical resource to follow their passion. We couldn’t be more pleased to have our students participate in their programs to improve their professional focus.”

According to their website, Package One Industries specializes in making highly complex products with critical functionality. The firm dedicates resources to planning and making parts that are intricate, difficult and require expensive materials.

The Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School is efficient in preparing its graduates towards being successful in today’s workforce. The praise for Mr. Stokes is shared by his new employer. “He’s going to be an all-star,” said Package One Industries Tony Leone. “The ceiling is high on him. He’s doing a great job.”

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