Tradespeople and educators are working together to provide hands-on, real-life experiences for the students who attend the Career and Technical Institute.  More than 45 community members attended The Annual Trade Advisory Committee meeting December 6.  It was the first time the meeting was held in-person since October 2018 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"What an amazing evening we had,” said Principal Nick Millas.  “We represented Dutchess BOCES well and made great connections.”  Millas added working with community was energizing for staff. 
Sharon Myers, CTI’s job placement specialist/work-based learning coordinator, organized the event.  The 8o participants were served dinner and gathered in the classrooms of the teachers most closely aligned with their business.  There are several goals for the partnerships, including establishing internships and jobs, and ensuring curriculum aligns with current industry standards. “I think the most impressive take-away for me was how engaged and proud each member of CTI was,” said Ron Mustello, general manager of KoscoHeritage and HOP Energy  “It is impressive and vitally important for all of the trades to have folks like you develop opportunities for our young adults and I really feel you are all on a fast pace to achieve great things.”Mustello offered to help with internships, equipment and on-site visits. 
“I was very pleased to have our industry partners in the building participating with our trade teachers looking to enhance our programs,” said Myers. 
“We want to give our CTI students the opportunity to have education through real-life work experiences.” 
Teachers spent time explaining their curriculum and student skillsets.  They also asked questions on how the local businesses operate so they can make sure the students are being taught the specific skills needed in the current job market. “Sharon totally nailed how I envisioned the evening,” said Millas.  “I also want to give kudos to Chef Sala and Chef Scoca and their awesome students for their preparation and service of the dinner."
Myers hopes the number of partnerships continue to grow and she believes there are many great opportunities in the local area for a variety of experiences and career success.  


Published December 9, 2022