You can call C-RCS senior and BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) student Gene Broadwell a maestro of the machine; Perhaps, though, he would prefer being known as the Babe Ruth of the backhoe or the Earnhardt of the excavator.
The commercial construction/heavy equipment program student recently won the excavator competition at SUNY Cobleskill’s Agricultural and Natural Resources High School Day. In doing so, Broadwell defeated high school students from around the state in an event that tested his capabilities to precisely and effortlessly operate the equipment.
Broadwell was one of five CTE seniors to compete at the college’s Agricultural and Natural Resources High School Day on Sept. 29, which showcases the college’s various program while giving high school students an opportunity to compete in varying competitions.
“He showed excellent skill and ease in the event,” said CTE construction teacher Bill Rouleau.
Last school year, Broadwell won the regional and state SkillsUSA precision heavy equipment operator competitions. At the state level, he bested 20 competitors from across the state showing how well and precisely he can maneuver heavy equipment.
“Winning competitions gives me confidence in my skills as an operator” Broadwell said.
“Gene is a hardworking student who put in many hours of practice in the classroom,” said Matt Millard, heavy equipment teacher at the Schoharie CTE campus.
As to his future, Broadwell said he has not decided whether he will enter the workforce directly after graduating CTE and C-RCS or whether he will pursue further education at a college or technical school.