Twins Cora and Isabel Tribunella, both juniors at Scotia-Glenville, are shaking things up in the Building Trades program at the Capital Region BOCES.
Drawn to the program by a desire to challenge themselves, they are also enamored with the concept of challenging public perception.
“For me, I think it’s important to get out of your comfort zone and one of the reasons I came here is because it’s not typical. Some people come up to me and say, “what are you doing there?’ and other people come up and say ‘that’s so cool’,” said Cora during a recent class.
“I think it’s great we are not going into a field that people might think we should,” added Isabel.
“I like that we will be able to do this stuff are ourselves and not have to rely on a guy to do it for us,” she added.
October is national Careers in Construction Month (CICM) – a time set aside nationally to increase public awareness, inspire the next generation of craft professionals and make an impact on the perceptions of a career in construction. Capital Region BOCES is taking the opportunity to highlight not only its own construction programs, but also what drives its students possess to succeed as they build their own futures in the industry.
The Tribunella twins sought out a career in the trades because their brother Roman had success in the Electrical Trades program that he graduated from earlier this year and they too wanted to establish themselves in a career path that taught them skills and gave them an opportunity for a career straight out of high school.
“Our brother really inspired us to consider BOCES and I knew that electrical trades wouldn’t be for me, but we came here and checked out the different programs and spoke to students in this program last year and we loved it,” Cora said.
Though only a few weeks into the Building Trades program, they are excited about what lies ahead.
“I like learning a lot of different skills that can be used in different areas of the industry, whether we go into construction site work or go into making custom cabinets,” said Isabel. “I am really enjoying learning these skills and challenging what people think.”
Teacher Paul Roberts said over the years he has had a handful of females in the program – which is reflective of national trends that show women make up just 9 percent of the construction workforce.
Yet, Roberts said, those females who have taken the course tend to excel.
“I have found that the women students pay more attention to detail. They notice the little things,” said Roberts.