The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES is pleased to announce that Arctic Cat, the most widely recognized and respected names in the snowmobile, ATV, and Side by Side industry, will once again hold its Arctic Cat Service Update School at the WSWHE BOCES Gick Road Conference Center in Saratoga Springs. The annual training will draw 50-60 experienced Arctic Cat technicians from throughout the Northeast to the BOCES facility on Monday, August 12, 2013 starting at 8 a.m.
During the one-day training, Arctic Cat dealers and technicians from New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania will learn the latest information on all the systems that comprise an Arctic Cat vehicle, including engine, electrical, fuel systems, clutching, drive train, and suspensions. Students in the BOCES Power Sports Technology program, along with instructor John Winch, also have the opportunity to attend.
“It is rare for high school students to be able to sit in on a professional development training session with industry veterans,” said John Rieger, owner of Country Power Products Inc. in Greenwich and WSWHE BOCES Board of Education President. “Arctic Cat has been very generous to our students – they provide us with the latest vehicles to learn on and invite us to learn trade secrets in the repair and service of these vehicles. These kinds of opportunities usually only happen at the college level or beyond.”
Arctic Cat has a thorough continuing education program for its technicians, which leads to several different levels of Cat Master Certification. WSWHE BOCES offers the first level of Cat Master training at its Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls, through the Power Sports Technology Program. It is the only high school in the country to offer this curriculum.
"This year, for the first time, two graduating high school seniors earned Level One Cat Master Certification," said Winch. "Cody Keys of Salem and Cody Sebast from Greenwich worked very hard to master two-stroke and four-stroke engine theory and repair, and this credential illustrates their knowledge and skills to potential employers. Having this credential means they are factory certified and employable by any Arctic Cat dealership in the country.”
While WSWHE BOCES serves students from 31 school districts around the region, adults are also welcome to enroll in any of the Career and Technical Education programs including Power Sports Technology.
WSWHE BOCES Power Sports Technology graduates Cody Keys of Salem (l.) and Cody Sebast of Greenwich (r.) show off the official Arctic Cat apparel they received for earning Level One Cat Master Certification. Keys plans to continue his education at SUNY Cobleskill in Agricultural Power Machinery, and Sebast will continue his education at WSWHE BOCES, where he will combine the knowledge he gained about power equipment with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) programming through the Machine Tool Technology program.