Diesel technology program hosts training event with several outside organizations

Provided photos: Pcitred from left include: Tim Gregoire (SUNY Cobleskill), Dakota Socha (Akron), Thomas Thaine (Lyndonville), Mark Reeson (Barker), Ryen Greiner (Akron), William Chiro (New York State Department of Transportation).

Posted 10 December 2021 at 9:49 am

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Diesel Equipment Technology teacher Mike Schultz says he is very grateful for the partnerships with his Orleans Career and Technical Education Center class. Not only do this partnerships expand students’ opportunities for learning more skills, they also open their eyes to different career paths they can take.

Recently Mr. Schultz’s class hosted representatives from SUNY Cobleskill, Outreach Trainers Ed Wallace and Tim Gregoire; Randy Librock, Fleet Supervisor from Relco Systems (Transportation Services); Tom Lewis, Branch Manager from Monroe Tractor; and from the New York State Department of Transportation: Motor Engine Manager William Chiro and Supervisor Randy Shoemaker.

“Our guests were fantastic with the students,” said Mr. Schultz.  “Not only did they bring in equipment and vehicles, they did a lot of interactive, hands-on training with them.  It gave the students a real chance to interact with professionals in this field and make business contacts for internship opportunities and jobs after graduation.”

This group includes Tucker Moore (Royalton-Hartland), Tom Lewis (Monroe Tractor), Eric Sullivan (Royalton-Hartland), Zack Heideman (Lyndonville), Kirk Nice (Lyndonville), Dan Hunt (Newfane).

This is the first time that the NYS Department of Transportation is participating in the internship program and it is a great opportunity for the students. Many students in the class were able to set up internship or shadow opportunities at these employers.

“It is great to have these beneficial relationships with different businesses,” Schultz said. “It is a definite win-win since they are looking for good employees and my students are looking for careers. I am very thankful that these representatives took time out of their very busy schedules to spend the day here. My students really got a lot out of the experience and really enjoyed getting a view into careers.”

This group includes Randy Librick (Relco),  Matt Quattrini (Newfane), Ian Donahue (Lyndonville), Aaron Schadt (Akron),  Zach Hoyle (Barker).