The first stop was the Southern Adirondack Education Center (SAEC) in Hudson Falls. Assemblyman Simpson met and spent time talking with students from programs such as Heavy Equipment Operation & Maintenance, Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Cosmetology and Culinary Arts and Hospitality.
Students discussed their experiences with the CTE programs, the skills they obtained and what their future plans are with the experience they’ve acquired along the way. Instructors and students detailed the certifications, awards and real-life experiences available to students. Female students in the programs highlighted the Women in Trades Initiative that WSWHE BOCES is focusing on and how important that is to not only females but the industry as a whole in their varied fields.
For the second stop, the Assemblyman traveled to visit the Early College Career Academy (ECCA) programs at the SUNY Adirondack Queensbury Campus. While at the college, ECCA students spoke about the college credits they are earning while still in high school, the internship opportunities and the recent SkillsUSA competitions they participated in (and won). Students in the Advanced Manufacturing, IT & Networking, New Media, and Business & Entrepreneurship classes all discussed what the program means to them and how much they have grown.
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