Diesel technology students excited about their future
A dozen recruiters and company representatives spent the day talking to diesel tech/heavy equipment students in Mike Schultz’s classroom at Orleans Career and Technical Education Center.
Students in class walk through stations featuring companies like Hunter Peterbilt, Milton CAT, Bobcat of Buffalo, Landpro Equipment, Monroe Tractor, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, New York State Department of Transportation, Regional Equipment, Inc., Empire Tractor, Relco Systems, Reid Petroleum, New York Trucking Association, Henrich Chevrolet and NAPA.
“Being able to talk to these representatives has been a great experience for my class,” Schultz said. “These are their potential employers, and it gives them the opportunity to talk to them directly and do some informal interviews. It’s good for them to see the career opportunities available to them and what kind of benefits package they offer. “
Samuel Kusiniski, service manager for Milton CAT, said the job fair was a great event.
“I love doing this kind of thing. Mr. Schultz gives his students a great experience to have all these representatives here. As forward thinking employers, it is helpful for us to understand what skills students have and how they interview benefit.”
Heinrich Chevrolet’s director of services, Chris Birner, added that there are many good interactions with the students, “many of whom are well qualified.”
“There’s been a lot of talk about careers and what we want to be part of our team,” Berner said. “We want them to have fun, but be safe and work hard. It’s great that places like BOCES exist because the future is really skilled trades. That’s what our economy needs.”
Joining Birner is Raymond Gorski, one of his employees, a graduate of the Diesel Technology/Heavy Equipment program.
“I graduated from here in 2019. Going to BOCES really grew me,” Gorsky said. “Mr. Schultz taught us what we needed to know and pointed us in the right direction. I graduated at Heinrich my senior year and it was a great experience. It put me on the path I wanted to I ended up going to Monroe Community College and then Heinrich put me through GMASEP (General Motors Service Education Program) which was great. They also provided me with great training and a great Great instructor.”
Schultz said he was very proud of the way his students handled themselves.
“A lot of people who were there told me they were impressed with these students. They said they’ve been to a lot of schools and our students are the most mature and polite students they’ve ever met,” Schultz said.
Schultz said that as an educator, he finds it pleasing that what is being taught in the classroom provides opportunities for students to learn job skills.
Then, he says, “events like this also give them a chance to hone their interpersonal and interview skills,” Schultz said. “I am so grateful to the companies that participated in this event for giving the students such a positive experience as they began to think about their future career plans.”
Julia Gaiser, Customer Support for LandPro Equipment, said the show also helped businesses prepare for the future.
“The kids are so sweet and so well-mannered. Many of them want to go straight into the workforce right after graduation,” Gaiser said. “It helps us understand what they want out of their careers and helps us align ourselves with those needs.”