The months after Joe Underwood and Cameron Kellogg graduate from high school will be a little different. But both ONC BOCES CTE students are crediting their coursework in helping them be prepared to achieve career goals.
Underwood of Schenevus Central School and Kellogg of Edmeston Central School are finishing their second year as CTE students at ONC BOCES. They are both in the Welding and Metal Fabrication program.
Underwood is considering attending SUNY Canton for Mechanical Engineering, with Mohawk Valley Community College for Airframe and Powerplant Technology as a possible back-up plan. His goal is to pursue a career working on airplanes.
“I like the idea of learning an actual physical trade. I actually learn something in the real world,” Underwood said. “I have definitely learned a lot. It’s hard work.”
Underwood said the CTE programs at ONC BOCES are a great option for students.
“I can always come back to the trade I learned here,” he said.
While Underwood prepares to go into college, Kellogg is in for a different experience this summer. Instead of getting ready to go off to college, Kellogg will be heading back to training for the Army. Kellogg is a member of the Army National Guard. Last summer, he completed basic training. This summer he plans to complete advanced individual training at Fort Lee, N.J. as a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic.
Kellogg is considering signing up for active duty service in the regular Army. Depending on how his AIT goes, Kellogg may choose to continue with active duty or attend college while in the National Guard.
So far, he has found that ONC BOCES has helped him prepare for his Army training. But no matter what he does, he said he is grateful he was able to receive skills and experience from ONC BOCES.
“It gives you something to fall back on,” Kellogg said.