The Career and Technical Education Center at TST BOCES recently hosted its third annual Completer Certificate Ceremony to celebrate the perseverance of each graduating senior.
The Smith School gymnasium was packed full of proud family members, friends, TST administrators and teachers as seniors were recognized with certificates signifying their completion from their respective programs.
“We are gathered here this morning to celebrate the hard work and commitment the students have shown to be program completers,” said CTE Principal Jeffery Podolak. “You all have the skills, knowledge and ability to be successful in whatever you choose to be.”
Following Podolak’s remarks, keynote speaker Andrew Hughes, a TST BOCES alumnus, discussed how important the Auto Body program was in preparing him for the future. Despite the fact the Hughes chose a career field outside of the auto body field, he said the program provided him with a marketable skill that could translate into any career.
“In that body shop I learned more than how to weld, smooth, paint and buff. I learned teamwork. I learned that it’s OK to get your hands dirty. And most importantly, I learned the value of hard work.”
CTE Director Tony DiLucci, who is set to retire following after more than 20 years of service at TST BOCES, congratulated the students for completing their respective programs, but cautioned students to not think forward to the next chapter of their lives.
“Take one moment to think about what’s next. For those of you entering the workplace, know that you may change jobs a number of times before you find that perfect career,” said DiLucci. “Those of you going to college, that’s not final destination. It’s one more step in the process of establishing yourself in a lifelong career.”