Booan also encourages students to enroll in a CTE program even if they don’t think they want to work in that field.
“I don’t want to be a construction worker, but if I had it to do over again, I’d take building trades,” Booan admitted. “I want to know how to fix my toilet. I want to know how to build a masonry wall. I’d liked to be able to build my own deck. I don’t want to do that as a career, but I want those life skills.”
The culinary arts instructor, Jody Albano, agreed that pursuing a CTE program helps people in life even if it’s not what they plan on doing as a career. It’s a point she likes to bring up to the fifth-, eighth- and 10-graders during their field trip to Otsego Area Occupational Center.
“I go around the room and ask them what they want to be,” Albano said. “They want to be a veterinarian. They want to be a doctor. I’m like, ‘OK, how many years are you going to be in school for that? Six years? Eight years? What are you going to do to support yourself from 17 until the time you’re 30? You’re going to have to work in a restaurant. You’re going to have to bus tables.’”
Albano is part of the business advisory board that meets during the school year with BOCES Superintendent Nick Savin. The board is made up of business owners and CTE instructors. Last week, the board’s task was to inform Savin of advances that were happening in their field of expertise so BOCES could make appropriate changes to the CTE curriculum or equipment.
Booan encourages any business leaders from the area interested in joining CTE’s business advisory board to contact him at 286-7715. To learn more about CTE, visit oncboces.org.