MEDINA — Mike Schultz, professor of diesel equipment technology, says he’s grateful for the partnerships his class at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center has. Not only do these partnerships expand opportunities for students to learn additional skills, they open their eyes to different career paths.
Recently, Schultz’s class welcomed: outreach trainers Ed Wallace and Tim Gregoire from SUNY Cobleskill; Randy Librock, Relco Systems Fleet Supervisor; Tom Lewis, branch manager of Monroe Tractor; and, from the New York State Department of Transportation, engine manager William Chiro and supervisor Randy Shoemaker.
“Our guests have been fantastic with the students,” Schultz said. “Not only did they bring equipment and vehicles, but they also had a lot of interactive and hands-on training with them. This gave students a real chance to interact with professionals in this field and make business contacts for internship and job opportunities after graduation.
This was the first time the DOT had participated in the internship program. Many students in the class were able to set up internship or shadowing opportunities with the employers represented.
“It’s great to have these beneficial relationships with different companies,” Schultz said. “It’s definitely a win-win, because they’re looking for good employees and my students are looking for a career. … My students really benefited a lot from the experience and really appreciated having a view on the careers.
Lisa Bielmeier is the Director of Public Relations for BOCES Orléans/Niagara.