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Advanced Manufacturing Students Celebrate Signing at Local Companies

Students in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering class at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center recently had a spotlight shined on them for their commitment to their trade.  Teacher Bill Rakonczay working with Work Based Learning Coordinator Susan Francis have placed many of the seniors with area manufacturing companies where they have been capstoning.  Capstoning is a paid internship where students get a salary while they work for half their day at the companies. 


Because of Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ partnership with the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program, it is a win-win for employers and potential employees.  The program knows that with the aging workforce reaching retirement age and the difficulty in finding skilled labor help, it is a great way to match up young adults with beginning skills with more experienced employees who are willing to pass on their knowledge and help train them as potential employees.


Every year the students are celebrated at a “Signing Day” which means that the students have been selected by the place they are interning at to continue on in a career their after graduation.  The Signing Event is modeled after the NFL’s Draft Day and students sign a contract of their intent and are given their “team’s” swag along with a number 12 jersey. 


“It is an incredible day for my students,” says Mr. Rakonczay.  “Thanks to the partnership between our BOCES, the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program and our participating companies, my students are prepared for those high-paying, in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing or to prepare them for college in that field.  Right now, there are thousands of open positions across the United States that employers are having difficulty filling and this is a great solution to get my students trained and right into the workforce.”   


Congratulations go to the following students and area manufacturers:   Rodney Davis (Lyndonville)/Nuclear Alloys, Jordan Boccacci-Phillips (Albion)/Brad Hazel Machining, Kyle Lonnen (Albion)/Brad Hazel Machining, Ted Wojciechowski (Royalton-Hartland)/ Voss Manufacturing, Hunter Babel (Royalton-Hartland)/Jeffery Machine, Koby Muessigbrodt (Orleans County Christian)/Performance Manufacturing, Nikolas Newton (Albion)/Performance Manufacturing, Zach Duewiger (Royalton-Hartland)/J.W. Burg Machine & Tool, Maya Bulmer (Royalton-Hartland)/Taylor Devices.

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