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BOCES students participate in Hamburg agricultural equipment mechanics competition

March 31, 2016
Westfield Republican

FREDONIA - Recently, students in the Conservation/Heavy Equipment program at the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES (E2CCB) LoGuidice Educational Center participated in an agricultural equipment mechanics competition alongside over 40 local high school students at the Western New York Farm show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Agricenter.

The students competed in six events designed to test their knowledge and skills of agricultural mechanics including specific tool use, equipment and material identification, wiring and hub assembly. Senior William Kowal (Lake Shore) edged out 40 other students and placed tenth in the competition winning a 250 piece tool set.

"It's very satisfying to see our students putting to work in the field what they learn in the classroom," said Brandon Meade, conservation instructor at the LoGuidice Center. "The skills they are learning here are setting them up for further studies after high school and also making them highly employable as soon as they graduate."

Other students participating in the competition were Joe Aguglia (Forestville), Ryan Fisk (Fredonia), Robert Gugino, Amanda Hanley (Forestville), Malachi LiVecche (Gowanda), Aaron Perrington (Gowanda), Jake Seaburg (Westfield), and Dylan Walters (Forestville).

Along with the competition, our students got a chance to experience and learn about the latest in technological advancements in the agriculture and heavy equipment industry from companies spread across New York state. Interactions with these companies resulted in employment leads for several students.

"We're very proud of their accomplishments, both at competitions like this and in their day-to-day work at the LoGuidice Center," added Mead. "We offer real life learning in all of our programs, and this is a great example of just that."

For more information on the ten career and technical education programs offered at the LoGuidice Center, please visit:



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