Their learning isn’t ‘boxed’ into a classroom; two S-G Auto Body students start retrofitting BOCES truck

Getting started on painting a truck at BOCESALBANY – Students in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Auto Body and Collision Repair Program are starting work on a project that is combining multiple programs and taking the students and BOCES places – literally!.

The students in Chris Shader’s program are paining the box portion of the box truck, which was donated to BOCES.

Students from other programs such as Diesel Tech, Digital Media and Automotive Trades are also working on various aspects of the 2007 truck.

Once complete, the vehicle will be used as not only a means to transport student equipment and supplies to shows, competitions and job sites, but also to market various Career and Technical School programs.

Auto body student working on a truckOn a recent Wednesday, juniors Eli Farrell and Dominic Bonitatibus, both of whom attend BOCES from the Scotia-Glenville Central School District, applied a base coat of paint to the box inside BOCES’s painting booth.

“It’s a really great experience. It’s amazing,” said Farrell. “I am looking forward to coming back here next year and working on this some more.”

“It’s great that we get this experience,” added Bonitatibus.

Donated by Capital Region BOCES business partner National Grid, the 2007 truck has less than 30,000 miles on it and will be used to bring equipment for various programs to different destinations and allow students to ply their trades or market their creations.

Painting a truck at BOCESFor example, culinary students may bring their creations and sell them at other BOCES properties or floral design students may bring their bouquets and other items to another location to sell. Or, students in the welding, electrical trades or heating/ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration programs could bring their equipment to another location to repair existing items or create new pieces.

“It’s in the very early stages, but it’s a great opportunity for our scholars and for Career and Tech,” said Principal Shelette Pleat.