Cobleskill-Richmondville High School student Mike Terrell is hanging his shingle in Schoharie. Well, he’s actually hanging a number of shingles on the wooden sheds he and other Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) students are building at CTE’s Schoharie campus.
Students in the Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment program are currently in the midst of constructing sheds that will be sold this spring to the public.
CTE teacher Bill Rouleau said the students learn various techniques of wood work, construction concepts and roofing by building and shingling the 8-foot by 12-foot wooden sheds.
Typically, he said, the program constructs four sheds during the winter.
The two-year program teaches students the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level employment or further education in the construction industry. Students rotate through two key areas: site development and layout, and utilities construction and installation. They learn through standardized craft training programs developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the Home Builders Institute (HBI) of the National Association of Home Builders.
Upon completion of the Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment program, students who pass written and performance exams can earn national certifications.