Learners enrolled in WNY P-TECH College & Vocation Academy in Dunkirk had a lot to celebrate lately.
P-TECH workers, students and households have been in a position to obtain in individual this yr for the WNY P-TECH Senior Progression Ceremony to understand seniors who are continuing on to Jamestown Local community Higher education, pursuing a four-calendar year degree or getting into the workforce.
“What seemed like a journey I wasn’t likely to delight in turned out to be the finest working experience and conclusion I have at any time manufactured. I am happy to have been part of the P-TECH method and all it has to supply,” mentioned Senior Class Agent and Countrywide Honor Culture member Jailene Jimenez of Dunkirk. “As I carry on my journey into my potential I will smile figuring out that other individuals like me will commence the route into P-TECH and will be a part of me in the foreseeable future of advancing technologies and the environment of chances.”
This summer, Jailene joins Chase Cooper of Gowanda as just one of two college students who earned an internship with IBM and a variety of seniors who have identified get the job done in the local region, which includes Mason Grudzien of Gowanda with Basil Chevrolet Eric Raynor of Falconer with Dunkirk Steel Products and solutions Gavin Swanson of Jamestown with Luscombe Plane and Chase Cooper and Makenzie Lawton of Pine Valley who have been employed at Ring Precision.
“We’ve presently been blessed to employ 3 learners out of this system and we’re also heading to have three interns start out as nicely,” mentioned Dale Gier, President and CEO of Ring Precision and the P-TECH Small business Partner of the Calendar year receiver. “As a producer and someone who staff members a lot of people today, we’re psyched to partner with Mr. Smock and P-TECH. I hope that in long run several years we can seek the services of far more and much more of the pupils coming out of this method.”
P-TECH is an all-day software housed in a condition-of-the-art facility found at 55 East Benton St., Dunkirk. Learners enroll in P-TECH as ninth graders and stick to 1 of two pathways in welding and mechanical technological innovation with specializations in CADD or equipment software and receive an affiliate degree by Jamestown Local community School with no out-of-pocket expenditure.
During the Senior Progression Ceremony, P-TECH recognized cohort 1 students Jordan Butterfield of Lake Shore, Whitney Hice and Luke Peterson-Riedesel of Dunkirk and Katlyn Lawton of Pine Valley, for their completion of the Jamestown Local community Higher education portion of the P-TECH software.
“When building the challenging determination alternatively or not to begin at P-TECH at the stop of eighth quality I was on edge. It was a long bus trip and leaving all of my buddies. Then I went to my very first Summertime Bridge. I met my very best close friend Jack on the bus ride from Jamestown to LoGuidice, our previous creating at the time. Following the principal flew the tech department’s new Phantom 3 drone into a pine tree and Richard Rasmus taught me how to use a 3-D printer for the 1st time I realized P-TECH was the location for me,” reported Gavin Swanson for the duration of the ceremony’s closing remarks. “Today, I construct and fly a modest standard aviation airplane at the Luscombe Plane Company and I’m joyful to say I use the competencies I have obtained through Mr. Anson’s CADD classes nearly each individual day. Anything at all from reverse engineering an instrument panel on Solidworks and plasma reducing a new one particular to resurfacing landing gear attachment brackets on our milling equipment below at P-TECH.”
Extra speakers bundled William Smock, P-TECH principal Iann Ramirez, Senior Course Agent and NHS member Janeil Rey, Ph.D., E2CCB Director of Workforce Development Erin Moynihan, P-TECH counselor Jean Schrader, Dean of STEM at JCC and NHS member Michael Mitchell of Dunkirk.
Seniors identified consist of Gavin Cave of Dunkirk, Chase Cooper of Gowanda, Alexander Crow of Fredonia, Jeffrey DeYoung of Silver Creek, Nathan Edgar of Lake Shore, Dylan Gee of Fredonia, Mason Grudzien of Gowanda, Jailene Jimenez of Dunkirk, Alexander Kochanowski of Sherman, Michael Lamar of Brocton, Kyler Laskey of Dunkirk, Makenzie Lawton of Pine Valley, Michael Mitchell of Dunkirk, Abby Publish of Pine Valley, Iann Ramirez of Dunkirk, Eric Raynor of Falconer, Jack Sturges of Jamestown, Gavin Swanson of Jamestown, Ian Szymanek of Silver Creek and Adam Thornton of Brocton.