The Orleans Career and Technical Education Center has forged relationships with local western New York businesses to help find potential employment opportunities for the students in its Precision Machine Technology program.
Instructor Bill Rakonczay has developed Capstoning, a partnership between the school and local businesses to get trained students into workplaces. Qualified students from the Medina, N.Y., technical college find placement into local manufacturing facilities, where they work four days a week and earn pay as well as school credits. Capstoning provides foundational job experience to the students and much-needed skilled help to the businesses.
“Many of these companies cannot find enough trained workers to fill their needs,” Rakonczay told Metro WNY. “Most of my students do not need to worry about what they are going to do after graduation because they already have jobs lined up in their senior year. If students are looking for a program they can take while in high school that will get them on a good career path, I would highly recommend this program.”
Students said they benefit greatly from the working experience, as they gain a professional edge and valuable education.
“It’s really nice because they have different machines than what we have in class and the people there are very helpful with showing me how to work them,” student Mike Wilson said. “I have already been offered a job at graduation.”