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BOCES tech ed center holds open house Oct. 11

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Auto Body teacher Tom Struebing said he has a very simple answer for whenever anyone asks him, “Why career and technical education.”

“I tell them, it is where the jobs are,” said Struebing. “What employers need right now are employees who have skilled trades. Are you going to export your car to Japan to get it tuned-up or repaired. Are you going to have them build or renovate your house overseas and have it shipped to you. The same goes for computers, electrical, health care and even getting your hair cut. The bottom line is people are always going to need what we teach.”

According to Department of Labor statistics, 65 to 70 percent of all jobs in the United States are technical in nature. Ten of 13 industry groups rank the need for career and technical training higher than the need for a college degree. As many students start to decide their future course of action, a program at Orleans/Niagara BOCES could be a great way to explore career options before attending colleges or get the skills to get a job right out of high school.

To find out if a career and technical education is a good fit, the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, located at 4232 Shelby Basin Road in Medina, will be holding an open house on from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11.

Everyone is encouraged to come in and talk to teachers and staff members about the programs that the center offers: Allied Health, Auto Body, Automotive Technology, Building Trades, Computer Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electricity/Electronics, Graphic Communications, Health Occupations Technician, Heavy Equipment/Diesel/Agriculture Mechanics, Precision Machine Technology, Security and Law Enforcement and Welding.


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