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RCS graduate gets a charge – and a career – out of BOCES education

RCS graduate Roberto Gonzalez signs with TCI of New York, Inc., after completing his studies with the BOCES Electrical Trades program. Contributed photo

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — A Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School graduate found the education he needed – and a job he likes – at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School.

Roberto Gonzalez chose the Electrical Trades program at Capital Region BOCES for his final two years of high school because he is a hands-on learner and wanted a good career path when he graduated high school.

“I do well with hands-on work. I am not a test-taker and I can’t sit for long, but I learn when I am up doing something,” Gonzalez said. “Electricity is a good career to go into because you can work with your hands and make good money.

During his time in the program, Gonzalez learned fundamental skills in electrical theory through classroom instruction and hands-on shop lessons. 

The graduate then turned that knowledge and skills into a career, learning the skills needed to be hired by BOCES business partner TCI of New York, Inc. He was one of 16 students to be highlighted in May at BOCES’ inaugural National Signing Day.

“I definitely did not expect to get a job at school. I expected to come here and get an education, but the job part is pretty cool,” Gonzalez said. “It’s nice to have a career and to know I will be treated well and have the opportunity to learn, grow and advance.”  

TCI officials say they welcome the opportunity to hire BOCES graduates like Gonzalez.

“Over the years, TCI has partnered with Capital Region BOCES on several work-based learning opportunities for students, leading to full-time careers at our company,” said Mark Westcott, a communications director for TCI. “The training BOCES provides ensures these students are prepared to come to work. We are proud to welcome Roberto to the TCI team.”

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