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Students graduate from BOCES CTE programs

Abigail Shanley receives the Lodging Management College Prep Award
Abigail Shanley receives the Lodging Management College Prep Award at the BOCES graduation on June 4.

Several hundred Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School students, including multiple Ravena-Coeymas-Selkirk students, were honored on June 4 for their excellence in programs preparing them for future careers in professions ranging from health care to network technician.

With a packed house of parents, family members, friends, faculty and staff, BOCES administrators and educators from their home districts looking on, the 400 program completers were honored during an evening ceremony at Proctors in Schenectady. Most of the students – typically more than 70 percent – will pursue college or technical school; others will go directly into the workforce into high-paying jobs they were recruited for while at BOCES.

The students completed more than 20 programs ranging from engineering technology and video game design to culinary, welding and automotive technology. Speaker after speaker praised the graduates for going above and beyond to secure bright futures.

“While many of you will go on to college or technical school, many of you will also enter the workforce and will do so in good paying jobs thanks to the education you have received at Capital Region BOCES and your own dedication and passion,” said Dr. Valerie Kelsey, deputy director of Career and Technical Education at Capital Region BOCES. “You have done all of this while also completing the same requirements as your peers in your home school districts. You have taken and passed Regents exams and final exams while also learning how to style hair, maneuver heavy equipment, build a house, weld an I-beam and care for the ill.”

Dozens of awards ranging from college scholarships to program awards were handed out during the event. The following RCS students were recognized with awards:

  • Abigail Shanley — Lodging Management College Preparation Award, Culinary Tech Prep
  • Chandler Lawson — Growth in Achievement in Diesel Equipment Repair
  • Najai Lopez-Patterson — Outstanding Student in Global Fashion Studies
  • Brett Margiasso — Growth in Achievement in Manufacturing and Machining Technology
  • Christopher Trim — Growth in Achievement in Retail and Office Services